A Quote by Loren Eiseley on belief, choice, and innocence

Choices, more choices than we like afterward to believe, are made far backward in the innocence of childhood.

Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Source: The Places Below

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A Quote by Lina Wertmuller on choice


You should always carry a gun. Not to shoot yourself, but to know that you're always making a choice.

Lina Wertmuller

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A Quote by Lewis Thomas on choice, life, mistakes, and thought

Mistakes are at the very base of human thought, embedded there, feeding the structure like root nodules. If we were not provided with the knack for being wrong, we could never get anything useful done. We think our way along by choosing between right and wrong alternatives, and the wrong choices have to be made as often as the right ones. We get along in life this way.

Lewis Thomas (1913 - 1993)

Source: The Medusa and the Snail

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A Quote by Lewis E. Pierson on business and choice

Business is like a man rowing a boat upstream. He has no choice; he must go ahead or he will go back.

Lewis E. Pierson

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A Quote by Lewis Fry Richardson on choice and merit

Another advantage of a mathematical statement is that it is so definite that it might be definitely wrong; and if it is found to be wrong, there is a plenteous choice of amendments ready in the mathematicians' stock of formulae. Some verbal statements have not this merit; they are so vague that they could hardly be wrong, and are correspondingly useless.

Lewis Fry Richardson (1881 - 1953)

Source: Mathematics of War and Foreign Politics.

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A Quote by Ken Burns on choice, cynicism, fear, life, and safety

I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we're lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it's worse than fear - it's active disengagement.

Ken Burns (1896 - 1996)

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on birth, choice, existence, generations, history, language, life, past, relationships, society, and time

Before we as individuals are even conscious of our existence we have been profoundly influenced for a considerable time (since before birth) by our relationship to other individuals who have complicated histories, and are members of a society which has an infinitely more complicated and longer history than they do (and are members of it at a particular time and place in that history); and by the time we are able to make conscious choices we are already making use of categories in a language which has reached a particular degree of development through the lives of countless generations of human beings before us. . . . We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Bryan Magee, Popper (London: Fontana/Collins, 1973) p. 69.

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A Quote by Joseph Epstein on ambition, birth, choice, circumstances, country, cowardice, death, decisions, destiny, history, indifference, life, parenthood, purpose, time, and universe

We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, or the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time or conditions of our death. But within all this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we shall live: courageously or in cowardice, honorably or dishonorably, with purpose or adrift. We decide what is important and what is trivial in life. We decide that what makes us significant is either what we do or what we refuse to do. But no matter how indifferent the universe may be to our choices and decisions, these choices and decisions are ours to make. We decide. We choose. And as we decide and choose, so are our lives formed. In the end, forming our own destiny is what ambition is about.

Joseph Epstein

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A Quote by Joseph Addison on choice, life, and unhappiness

Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all our unhappiness.

Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719)

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A Quote by John Schaar on change, choice, future, mind, present, and path

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created-created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.

John Schaar

Source: futurist

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