A Quote by H. L. Mencken on age, distrust, familiarity, and wisdom

The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.

H.L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

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A Quote by Henry Ward Beecher on change, familiarity, life, people, serenity, tranquility, and work

Our days are a kaleidoscope. Every instant a change takes place in the contents. New harmonies, new contrasts, new combinations of every sort. Nothing ever happens twice alike. The most familiar people stand each moment in some new relation to each other, to their work, to surrounding objects. The most tranquil house, with the most serene inhabitants, living upon the utmost regularity of system, is yet exemplifying infinite diversities.

Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)

Source: Eyes and Ears

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on christmas, day, death, despair, earth, failure, familiarity, god, good, men, peace, play, sleep, songs, thought, words, and world

Christmas Bells I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And thought how, as the day had come, The belfries of all Christendom Had rolled along The unbroken song Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Till, ringing, swinging on its way, The world revolved from night to day A voice, a chime, A chant sublime Of peace on earth, good-will to men! Then from each black, accursed mouth The cannon thundered in the South And with the sound The carols drowned Of peace on earth, good-will to men! It was as if an earthquake rent The hearth-stones of a continent, And made forlorn The households born Of peace on earth, good-will to men! And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to menl" Then pealed the bells more loud and deep, "God is not dead; nor cloth He sleep! The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to menl"

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry Alfred Kissinger on familiarity, leadership, and responsibility

It is, after all, the responsibility of the expert to operate the familiar and that of the leader to transcend it.

Henry Kissinger (1923 -)

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A Quote by George Polyá on familiarity, language, order, understanding, and words

In order to translate a sentence from English into French two things are necessary. First, we must understand thoroughly the English sentence. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of expression peculiar to the French language. The situation is very similar when we attempt to express in mathematical symbols a condition proposed in words. First, we must understand thoroughly the condition. Second, we must be familiar with the forms of mathematical expression.

George Polya

Source: How to Solve It. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 1945.

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A Quote by Galileo Galilei on circle, familiarity, impossibility, language, logic, math, universe, and words

[The universe] cannot be read until we have learnt the language and become familiar with the characters in which it is written.  It is written in mathematical language, and the letters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which means it is humanly impossible to comprehend a single word.

Galileo Galilei (1564 - 1642)

Source: Opere Il Saggiatore p. 171

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A Quote by Frederic William Farrar on acceptance, animals, belief, birth, church, familiarity, history, jesus, life, time, and traditions

Canon Farrar accepts the traditional belief that the shelter within which Jesus was born was that of one of the numerous limestone caves which abound in the region, and which are still used by travelers as resting places. He says: "In Palestine it not infrequently happens that the entire khan, or at any rate the portion of it in which the animals are housed, is one of those innumerable caves which abound in the limestone rocks of its central hills. Such seems to have been in the case at the little town of Bethlehem-Ephratah, in the land of Judah. Justin Martyr, the Apologist, who, from his birth at Shechem, was familiar with Palestine, and who lived less than a century after the time of our Lord, places the scene of the nativity in a cave. This is, indeed, the ancient and constant tradition both of the Eastern and the Western Churches, and it is one of the few to which, though unrecorded in the Gospel history, we may attach a reasonable probability."

Frederic William Farrar (1831 - 1903)

Source: Farrar in The Life of Christ, chapter 1, quoted by James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, Ch.8, p.106

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A Quote by Florence Allshorn on character, church, experience, familiarity, god, humility, ideas, jesus, life, pride, quality, reality, relationships, and trying

We know so well what the unique quality was that held this great and beautiful pride and exquisite humility together. It lay in the relationship he held with God. We know the familiar idea of Jesus' oneness with God: only we deal with it too much as a doctrine of the Church, not as an element in Jesus' own experience. If we never find it in reality, in life, we cannot reveal the true Christlike character at all - we will always be trying earnestly to be something, but on too superficial and obvious a plane.

Florence Allshorn

Source: The Notebooks of Florence Allshorn

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A Quote by Felicia D. Hemans on beauty, familiarity, and path

There's beauty all around our paths, if but our watchful eyes can trace it 'midst familiar things, and through their lowly guise.

Felicia D. Hemans

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A Quote by Eric Hoffer on change, common sense, existence, familiarity, names, people, possibility, practicality, and prophets

The well adjusted make poor prophets. A pleasant existence blinds us to the possibilities of drastic change. We cling to what we call our common sense, our practical point of view. Actually, these are names for an all-absorbing familiarity with things as they are. . . . Thus it happens that when the times become unhinged, it is the practical people who are caught unaware . . . still clinging to things that no longer exist.

Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)

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