A Quote by James Beattie on aim, education, improvement, memory, and men

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.

James Beattie (1735 - 1803)

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A Quote by James Allen on aim and purpose

Above all be of single aim; have a legitimate and useful purpose, and devote yourself unreservedly to it.

James Allen (1864 - 1912)

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A Quote by Jacques Monod on aim, belief, clarity, laws, life, relationships, science, study, universe, and world

Biology occupies a position among the sciences at once marginal and central. Marginal because-the living world constituting but a tiny and very "special" part of the universe-it does not seem likely that the study of living beings will ever uncover general laws applicable outside the biosphere. But if the ultimate aim of the whole of science is indeed, as I believe, to clarify man's relationship to the universe, then biology must be accorded a central position . . .

Jacques Monod (1910 - 1976)

Source: Jacques Monod Chance and Necessity Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1971, p xi.

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A Quote by J. Hawes on aim


Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

J. Hawes

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A Quote by H. L. Mencken on aim, politics, practicality, and safety

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and hence clamorous to be led to safety] by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Source: Defense of Women, 1923

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A Quote by Hermann Weyl on acceptance, aim, feeling, force, ideas, proof, truth, understanding, and virtue

We are not very pleased when we are forced to accept a mathematical truth by virtue of a complicated chain of formal conclusions and computations, which we traverse blindly, link by link, feeling our way by touch. We want first an overview of the aim and of the road; we want to understand the idea of the proof, the deeper context.

Hermann Weyl (1885 - 1955)

Source: Unterrichtsblätter für Mathematik und Naturwissenschaften, 38, 177-188 (1932). Translation by Abe Shenitzer appeared in The American Mathematical Monthly, v. 102, no. 7 (August-September 1995), p. 646.

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on aim and earth


If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it: Every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on aim, failure, and men

In the long run, men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on aim, good, and morality

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry D. Moyle on aim, church, debt, earth, independence, labor, time, welfare, and work

Our ultimate aim in this welfare work is to help Church members to become self-supporting, and to obtain work they can do best. The Church, with its members independent and free from debt, with time to labor in the ministry, can then successfully carry on the work of the Lord here on earth.

Henry D. Moyle (1889 - 1963)

Source: "Practical Christianity," address given on CBS "Church on the Air," 2 Nov. 1941

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