A Quote by John Stuart Mill on adoption, experience, and ridicule

Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.

John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

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A Quote by John Foster on action, adoption, anxiety, decisions, and feeling

Nothing can be more destructive to vigor of action than protracted, anxious fluctuation, through resolutions adopted, rejected, resumed, and suspended, and nothing causes a greater expense of feeling. A man without decision can never be said to belong to himself; he is as a wave of the sea, or a feather in the air which every breeze blows about as it listeth.

John Foster

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A Quote by John Burdon Sanderson Haldane on adoption, change, concern, facts, judgment, kindness, laws, lies, painting, poetry, science, simplicity, theory, thought, and world

In scientific thought we adopt the simplest theory which will explain all the facts under consideration and enable us to predict new facts of the same kind. The catch in this criterion lies in the world "simplest." It is really an aesthetic canon such as we find implicit in our criticisms of poetry or painting. The layman finds such a law as dx/dt = K(d^2x/dy^2) much less simple than "it oozes," of which it is the mathematical statement. The physicist reverses this judgment, and his statement is certainly the more fruitful of the two, so far as prediction is concerned. It is, however, a statement about something very unfamiliar to the plain man, namely, the rate of change of a rate of change.

John Burdon Sanderson Haldane (1892 - 1964)

Source: Possible Worlds, 1927.

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A Quote by John Abernethy on adoption, disease, familiarity, health, nature, order, and risk

We must adopt loathsome diseases for our familiar associates, or we shall never be thoroughly acquainted with their nature and dispositions; we must risk, nay even injure, our own health in order to be able to preserve or restore that of others.

John Abernethy (1764 - 1831)

Source: “Hunterian Oration," 1819; in Familiar Medical Quotations, by Maurice B. Strauss, 1968.

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A Quote by James F. Byrnes on action, adoption, belief, education, fear, goals, inspiration, leadership, men, men and women, thinking, time, uncertainty, women, and world

Trained and inspired leadership is needed in the troubled world of today. We live in uncertainty and fear. The times call for thinking and straight thinking - one of the goals of true education. Unfortunately, the world so clamors for action that men and women devote little time to thinking. Many believe in second-hand thinking. They find it easier to ascertain and adopt the thoughts of others than to think for themselves.

James F. Byrnes

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A Quote by James F. Lincoln on adoption, jobs, justice, labor, life, management, people, pride, satisfaction, security, society, and work

A people, secure in their jobs, taking pride in their work, and sure of just recognition, will help our society grow to new heights. If all industry should adopt an incentive system, the standard of living of all peoples would be quadrupled; friction between labor and management would disappear, and the satisfaction of all workers would be greatly enhanced.

James F. Lincoln

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A Quote by J. (Jiddu) Krishnamurti on adoption, destiny, education, family, future, preparation, presidency, questions, society, spirituality, teachers, and truth

Jiddu Krishnamurti was born on 11 May, 1895, at Madanapalle, a small village in south India. Soon after moving to Madras with his family in 1909, Krishnamurti was adopted by Mrs. Annie Besant, President of the Theosophical Society. She was convinced that he was to become a great spiritual teacher. Three years later she took him to England to be educated in preparation for his future role. An organization was set up to promote this role. In 1929, after many years of questioning himself and the destiny imposed upon him, Krishnamurti disbanded this organisation, turning away all followers saying: Truth is a pathless land. . . .

J. Krishnamurti (1895 - 1986)

Source: Background & brief history

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A Quote by Hyman George Rickover on adoption, courage, good, ideas, patience, and practice

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.

Hyman Rickover (1900 - 1986)

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A Quote by Howard W. Eves on adoption, boasts, earth, ideas, and victory

One is hard pressed to think of universal customs that man has successfully established on earth. There is one, however, of which he can boast the universal adoption of the Hindu-Arabic numerals to record numbers. In this we perhaps have man's unique worldwide victory of an idea.

Howard W. Eves

Source: Mathematical Circles Squared, Boston: Prindle, Weber and Schmidt, 1972.

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A Quote by George Bernard Shaw on adoption, authors, force, good, and people

People must not be forced to adopt me as their favourite author, even for their own good.

George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Source: Man and Superman

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