A Quote by R. L. Wilder on appreciation, contentment, day, environment, mathematics, perspective, and present

Mathematics was born and nurtured in a cultural environment. Without the perspective which the cultural background affords, a proper appreciation of the content and state of present-day mathematics is hardly possible.

R. L. Wilder

Source: The American Mathematical Monthly, March 1994.

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A Quote by Quentin Crisp on change and environment

For an introvert his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.

Quentin Crisp (1908 -)

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A Quote by Paul Brooks on abuse, environment, health, laws, life, murder, privacy, profit, present, and understanding

We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.

Paul Brooks

Source: The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)

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A Quote by P. D. Van Amburgh on despair, destruction, doubt, dreams, environment, faith, hope, mind, success, superiority, and world

When my external environment is clouded in doubt and despair . . . when the tempests of destruction are making my dreams of success tremble like the topmost spar of a helpless ship-when the skies seem to hold the closing ruin of all my fondest hopes, my mind, superior amid the outrages of this material world, rests upon the solid!, immovable foundation of Faith. There is nothing in myself, but all is in my Master.

P. D. Van Amburgh

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on acting, desires, dreams, environment, god, good, honor, justice, order, punishment, society, and time

Even if there's no such thing as free will, we have to treat each other as if there were free will in order to live together in society. Because otherwise, every time somebody does something terrible, you can't punish him, because he can't help it, because his genes or his environment or God made him do it, and every time somebody does something good, you can't honour him because he was a puppet, too. If you think that everybody around you is a puppet why bother talking to them at all? Why even try to plan anything or create anything, since everything you plan or create or desire or dream of is just acting out the script your puppeteer built into you.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Orson Scott Card on choice, control, environment, god, justice, responsibility, soul, and stupidity

The priests say that God created our souls, and that just puts us under the control of another puppeteer. If God created our will, then he's responsible for every choice we make. God, our genes, our environment, or some stupid programmer keying in code at an ancient terminal - there's no way free will can ever exist if we as individuals are the result of some external cause.

Orson Scott Card

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A Quote by Norbert Wiener on environment

We have modified our environment so radically that we must now modify ourselves to exist in this new environment.

Norbert Wiener (1894 - 1964)

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A Quote by Napoleon Hill on environment and food

We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted.

Napoleon Hill

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A Quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. on body, christ, conscience, crime, enemies, environment, extremism, god, goodness, injustice, jesus, justice, kindness, love, men, nations, questions, slavery, survival, and truth

Was not Jesus an extremist for love - "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice - "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the gospel of Jesus Christ - "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist - "Here I stand; I can do none other so help me God." Was not John Bunyan an extremist - "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." Was not Abraham Lincoln an extremist - "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." Was not Thomas Jefferson an extremist - "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." So the question is not whether we will be extremist but what kind of extremist will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or will we be extremists for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice - or will we be extremists for the cause of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill, three men were crucified. We must not forget that all three were crucified for the same crime -the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thusly fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.

Martin Luther King Jr (1929 - 1968)

Source: Letter from Birmingham Jail (April 1963)

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A Quote by Margaret Mead on destruction, environment, and society

We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.

Margaret Mead (1901 - 1978)

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