A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on awareness, education, facts, future, greatness, individuality, intelligence, knowledge, life, mind, organize, past, people, power, religion, present, time, value, and wishes

If I had the power to organize higher education as I should wish it to be, I should seek to substitute for the old orthodox religions - which appeal to few among the young, and those as a rule the least intelligent and the most obscurantist - something which is perhaps hardly to be called religion, since it is merely a focusing of attention upon well-ascertained facts. I should seek to make young people vividly aware of the past, vividly realizing that the future of man will in all likelihood be immeasurably longer than his past, profoundly conscious of the minuteness of the planet upon which we live and of the fact that life on this planet is only a temporary incident; and at the same time with these facts which tend to emphasize the insignificance of the individual, I should present quite another set of facts designed to impress upon the mind of the young the greatness of which the individual is capable, and the knowledge that throughout all the depths of stellar space nothing of equal value is known to us. . . .

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: The Conquest of Happiness

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A Quote by Benjamin Disraeli on darkness, horses, observation, past, and thought

The first favourite was never heard of, the second favourite was never seen after the distance post, all the ten-to-oners were in the rear, and a dark horse which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)

Source: The Young Duke. Book i. Chap. v.

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on discovery, effort, freedom, joy, laughter, motives, music, pain, past, purpose, songs, thought, and ugliness

The music of [his] Fifth Concerto streamed from his keyboard, past the glass of the window, and spread through the air, over the lights of the valley. It was a symphony of triumph. The notes flowed up, they spoke of rising and they were the rising itself, they were the essence and the form of upward motion, they seemed to embody every human act and thought that had ascent as its motive. It was a sunburst of sound, breaking out of hiding and spreading open. It had the freedom of release and the tension of purpose. It swept space clean and left nothing buy the joy of an unobstructed effort. Only a faint echo within the sounds spoke of that from which the music had escaped, but spoke in laughing astonishment at the discovery that there was no ugliness or pain, and there never had had to be. It was the song of an immense deliverance.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 1072)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on future, nations, and past

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on bitterness, enemies, fear, guilt, judgment, men, past, thought, vision, and wonder

[He] stood motionless, not turning to the crowd, barely hearing the applause. He stood looking at the judges. There was no triumph in his face, no elation, only the still intensity of contemplating a vision with a bitter wonder that was almost fear. He was seeing the enormity of the smallness of the enemy who was destroying the devastation, past the ruins of great factories, the wrecks of powerful engines, the bodies of invincible men, he had come upon the despoiler, expecting to find a giant - and had found a rat eager to scurry for cover at the first sound of a human step. If this is what has beaten us, he thought, the guilt is ours.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 449)

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A Quote by Augusta Joyce Crocheron on bitterness, duty, gold, heart, memory, music, past, sacred, sleep, and thought

Parting What brought it back to me? I thought that it had fled; Again I sit with thee And watch the twilight red. Far out upon the deep The full moon's light is thrown. This night thou must not sleep; Stay near me, O, my own! How hard for me to know That this must be the last; That duty's wave must flow O'er all the sacred past. Dear heart, what walls that rise Can bar out memory's view, Or hush the poor heart's sighs You'll know are breathed for you? So fair the moon will rise To other eyes than ours, That weep while bitter sighs Stay not the winged hours. Upon the radiant sight, Front out the thronged halls, Like requiem to-night, The entrancing music falls. At last the daylight makes, With rising shafts of gold, Each heart in parting breaks, And duty's wage is told.

Augusta Joyce Crocheron (1844 - 1915)

Source: a collection of poems, Wild Flowers of Deseret

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A Quote by Ashleigh Brilliant on action, past, and time

The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering!

Ashleigh Brilliant (1933 -)

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A Quote by Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr. on future and past

When we talk about the future being like the past, we naturally imply that the future is going to be like the past in accordance with the simplest expression capable of representing the past.

Arthur Meier Schlesinger (1917 -)

Source: Induction and Parsimony, American Philosophical Quarterly, 8, 179-85 (1971), p 181.

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A Quote by Arthur C. Clarke on impossibility, limits, and past

But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Arthur C. Clarke (1917 -)

Source: 'Profiles of the Future' 1962 (Clarke's Second Law)

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A Quote by Art Buchwald on past, reform, and taxes

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before.

Art Buchwald (1925 -)

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