A Quote by John Dewey on consequences, courage, discipline, effort, past, seriousness, and present

Every serious-minded person knows that a large part of the effort required in moral discipline consists in the courage needed to acknowledge the unpleasant consequences of one's past and present acts.

John Dewey (1859 - 1952)

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A Quote by John Adams on grief, heart, men, reflection, seriousness, and understanding

Grief drives men to serious reflection, sharpens the understanding and softens the heart.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

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A Quote by Jim Stovall on ability, accidents, blindness, emotion, illness, life, mediocrity, people, and seriousness

I've seen people recover physical abilities, yet never get over emotional trauma after a serious accident. I've seen other people overcome the psychological and emotional trauma of a serious illness even though they may never fully regain their physical capabilities. Which is the greater healing? Which is the better recovery? If I had the option of choosing between a mediocre life with eyesight or the life I have today, even though I am blind, I'd stay blind and keep the life I have.

Jim Stovall

Source: You Don't Have to Be Blind to See

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A Quote by J. E. Littlewood on danger, good, ideas, interest, justice, problems, questions, seriousness, and theory

The theory of numbers is particularly liable to the accusation that some of its problems are the wrong sort of questions to ask. I do not myself think the danger is serious; either a reasonable amount of concentration leads to new ideas or methods of obvious interest, or else one just leaves the problem alone. "Perfect numbers" certainly never did any good, but then they never did any particular harm.

J. E. Littlewood (1885 - 1977)

Source: A Mathematician's Miscellany, Methuen Co. Ltd., 1953.

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A Quote by Ian Frazier on argument, dreams, heart, ideas, justice, mountains, mystery, people, seriousness, and world

Bears: When you see a bear, the spot where you see it becomes instantly different from every place else you've seen. Bears make you pay attention. They keep the mountains from turning into a blur. . . . A woods with a bear in it is real to a man walking through it in a way that a woods with no bear is not. Roscoe Black, a man who survived a serious attack by a grizzly in Glacier National Park some years ago, described the moment when the bear had him on the ground: "He lay on me for a few seconds, not doing anything. . . . I could feel his heart beating against my heart." The idea of that heart beating someplace just the other side of ours is what makes people read about bears and tell stories about bears and theorize about bears and argue about bears and dream about bears. Bears are one of the places in the world where big mysteries run close to the surface.

Ian Frazier

Source: The New Yorker

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on jokes and seriousness

Joking aside, let us turn to serious matters. -Amoto quaeramus seria ludo

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

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A Quote by Herbert George Wells on perception, seriousness, and time

In England we have come to rely upon a comfortable time lag of fifty years or a century intervening between the perception that something ought to be done and a serious attempt to do it.

H.G. Wells (1866 - 1946)

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A Quote by Herodotus on relaxation and seriousness

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun or relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

Herodotus (485 - 425 BC)

Source: The Histories of Herodotus

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A Quote by Hermann Hesse on chaos, faith, history, meaning, order, seriousness, study, and tragedy

To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962)

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A Quote by Heraclitus on achievement, children, play, and seriousness

We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play.

Heraclitus (c.540 - c.475 BC)

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