A Quote by John Milton on desires, good, knowledge, learning, men, necessity, and writing

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinion in good men is but knowledge in the making.

John Milton (1608 - 1674)

Source: Areopagitica

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A Quote by John Adams on doubt, nations, necessity, and tyranny

The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Constitution of Massachusetts: Declaration of Rights, 1780

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A Quote by James Franklin Bell on business, control, darkness, distrust, fulfillment, honesty, honor, necessity, trust, virtue, and world

Aside from the strictly moral standpoint, honesty is - not only the best policy, but the only possible policy from the standpoint of business relations. The fulfillment of the pledged word is of equal necessity to the conduct of all business. If we expect and demand virtue and honor in others, the flame of both must burn brightly within ourselves and shed their light to illuminate the erstwhile dark corners of distrust and dishonesty. . . . The truthful answer rests for the most part within ourselves, for like begets like. Honesty begets honesty; trust, trust; and so on through the whole category of desirable practices that must govern and control the world's affairs.

James Franklin Bell (1856 - 1919)

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A Quote by Hermann Weyl on accidents, birth, certainty, community, effort, evolution, feeling, freedom, history, imagination, individuality, mind, necessity, questions, and time

The constructs of the mathematical mind are at the same time free and necessary. The individual mathematician feels free to define his notions and set up his axioms as he pleases. But the question is will he get his fellow mathematician interested in the constructs of his imagination. We cannot help the feeling that certain mathematical structures which have evolved through the combined efforts of the mathematical community bear the stamp of a necessity not affected by the accidents of their historical birth. Everybody who looks at the spectacle of modern algebra will be struck by this complementarity of freedom and necessity.

Hermann Weyl (1885 - 1955)

Source: 1951

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on accidents, control, evil, laws, necessity, and progress

Progress is not an accident, not a thing within human control, but a beneficent necessity . . . due to the working of a universal law. So surely must the things we call evil and immorality disappear; so surely must man become perfect.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on change, exercise, expectation, god, men, miracles, necessity, power, silence, and wonder

If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity. To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on money, necessity, soul, and wealth

Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on money, necessity, and soul

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on architecture, beauty, country, ideas, necessity, and truth

True, there are architects so called in this country, and I have heard of one at least possessed with the idea of making architectural ornaments have a core of truth, a necessity, and hence a beauty, as if it were a revelation to him.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Gilbert Keith Chesterton on belief, birds, conversation, dreams, eternity, freedom, god, liberals, men, mountains, necessity, respect, theology, thought, and truth

We say, not lightly but very literally, that the truth has made us free. They say that it makes us so free that it cannot be the truth. To them it is like believing in fairyland to believe in such freedom as we enjoy. It is like believing in men with wings to entertain the fancy of men with wills. It is like accepting a fable about a squirrel in conversation with a mountain to believe in a man who is free to ask or a God who is free to answer. This is a manly and a rational negation, for which I for one shall always show respect. But I decline to show any respect for those who first of all clip the bird and cage the squirrel, rivet the chains and refuse the freedom, close all the doors of the cosmic prison on us with a clang of eternal iron, tell us that our emancipation is a dream and our dungeon a necessity; and then calmly turn round and tell us they have a freer thought and a more liberal theology.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874 - 1936)

Source: The Everlasting Man

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