Quotations

Quotations


Quotations About Genius, Creativity, and Hard Work

quotations about genius are presented herein April 24th, 2017

As a follow-up to this post about Einstein, this blog will explore the nature of the brightest bulbs history has known – and there will be a number of quotations about genius, creativity, and hard work in the end. Questions that have intrigued humans for millennia include: What is the nature of genius? Is it just about I.Q.? How important is hard work? Can anyone be creative? Are the brains of very intelligent and insightful people different than those possessed by the rest of us? Let’s explore!

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Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom

Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom April 20th, 2017

It seems like daily we are inundated by superficial social media, “fake news,” political demagogues, intolerant youth, and oppressive societal institutions. How can one find concentrate on what is real, wholesome, and reliable? Can we reach back into the past and access classical wisdom, traditional values, and a greater sense of fulfillment, meaning, and optimism? Values & Ethics: From Living Room to Boardroom (2017; Palmetto Publishing Group; $17.95 softcover) aims to address big-picture topics such as values, virtues, ethics, and wisdom. The following is a pitch for the book, including endorsements, reviews, an excerpt, description, and author bio.

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Animal Rights: Zoos, Hunting, Circuses, & Meat

a question of animal rights April 19th, 2017

Animal rights is an issue that sometimes comes to the fore based on some significant event that the media picks up. Often it is People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals doing something dubious (e.g., in regard to wearing fur or vivisection or something). Today is a momentous day, though, because the Ringling Brothers Circus, after nearly 150 years, is calling it quits. I for one am a tad bit sad to see that unique piece of Americana go, but mostly relieved that finally those animals who are – let’s face it – slaves, will get to retire. So, almost everyone feels something about animal rights – experimentation, circuses, zoos, shelters euthanizing unwanted dogs and cats, or eating animals, but what are the moral issues involved? How should we probably be deciding about this thorny ethical issue? What rights do animals have that ought to be respected?

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Quotes About Politics, Govt. & Citizenship

quotes about politics April 15th, 2017

Quotes about politics are a great way to learn more about the subject. Instead of a thick book or a dense paragraph surrounded by more dense paragraphs, a sentence or two that have been vetted as really communicating something worthy and informative about the subject is often a great way to learn. In this blog, you will find many diverse, interesting, and insightful quotes about politics, government, citizenship, morality, responsibility, and civics. Put on your critical thinking cap and go to work! 

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Creativity Quotes Can Inspire Action

creativity quotes to inspire and enlighten March 26th, 2017

Creativity quotes – profound and witty words of wisdom on this very human value – have the power to inspire one to take action, make something new, strike out in a new direction, think originally, and just “be oneself.” Whether you make art, write, sing, dance, play an instrument, are an engineer, or just generally have to come up with new angles and fresh ideas, quotations about creativity can be inspirational. “The Muse,” as they used to call the urge to create, can be encouraged and elicited by reading what some of humanity’s greatest creators and thought leaders had to say on the subject. True, Picasso, Thomas Edison, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Anne Frank, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ayn Rand, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas More are long-dead, their words are extremely valuable in providing insight into how they thought, what their process was, and what inspired them.

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Aristotle Quotes: World’s Greatest Philosopher?

Aristotle quotes March 10th, 2017

Aristotle has discovered and formulated every canon of theoretical consistency, and every artifice of dialectical debate, with an industry and acuteness which cannot be too highly extolled; and his labors in this direction have perhaps contributed more than any other single writer to the intellectual stimulation of after ages ~ Alfred William Benn. The rigorous Macedonian thought leader was a remarkable man. Not perfect, but he was simply called “The Philosopher” by Aquinas and others for centuries for a reason. A pioneer in the area where philosophy meets science, he achieved much in politics, ethics, natural science, and the like. Few come close to his curiosity, intellectual power, or high-minded intent.

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Quotes About Struggle: Solidarity

quotes about struggle March 2nd, 2017

Struggle, protest, dissent, and organization is a big part of this country. Almost everything that the people have was worked hard for. We forget how much striking, sitting in, and agitating there was in times-past, in part because the powers that be want to tamp down on that kind of progressivism. That kind of lobbying for rights is not good for business, as it were. I want to extol the virtues of dedication, courage, and standing up for something. As Peter Marshall said, “Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.”

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Progress and Social Justice in Society

suffering woman needs progress now! February 28th, 2017

Is more progress possible in modern society, and if so, how do we get from here to there? What can “the wise” teach us about our values that will bring about greater peace, justice, prosperity, equality, and happiness? What role will progressive/grass-roots politics play, versus conservative/reactionary/top-down politics? How does this all relate to economics and social policy? Let’s discuss.

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Quotations on Optimism and Hope

quotes on optimism February 27th, 2017

Optimism is a way of viewing the world that is positive, hopeful, and open. There are many quotations on optimism that are inspirational and enlightening. Hope is a somewhat less-assertive and features less personal agency, if you will. For example, an optimistic person will be positively expectant about future events, the world in general, and the self; they basically see the “glass as half-full.” Hope is similar but somewhat more passive; for example, hope that one lives when battling a terminal illness, or hope that there is a God who looks down favorably upon oneself. These nuances are differentiated by the typical phrases we hear: “I’m optimistic I will finish the marathon because I have trained a lot and I feel good” vs. “I hope the plane that went down was not the one John was on!” In nonverbal terms, optimism is cracking one’s knuckles, and hope is putting one’s hands together to pray. This blog presents a bit of background and many interesting quotes about the subject.

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Social Justice and Civil Liberties: Case in Point

social justice and civil liberties February 22nd, 2017

I get that being a cop is difficult, for all kinds of reasons. One is that we don’t pay them, select them, or supervise them all that well. Also, the culture of many law enforcement agencies has some problems that new recruits have to adjust to – the blue code of silence or whatever it’s called. Clearly, there are a lot of trashy people in a country of over 300,000,000, and cops are on the front lines in dealing with them. So, I do think we should have police, but like most agencies – from schools to government to courts – the institution should be improved, amended, and altered. Social justice and civil liberties are two aspirational goals America was founded on (well, that is arguable).

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