A Quote by Benjamin Peirce on paradox, truth, and understanding

After proving Euler's formula e^i = -1 in a lecture: Gentlemen, that is surely true, it is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means. But we have proved it, and therefore we know it is the truth.

Benjamin Peirce (1809 - 1880)

Source: Quoted in E. Kasner and J. Newman, Mathematics and the Imagination, New York 1940

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A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on brothers, charm, children, family, friendship, good, holidays, home, laughter, mind, money, pleasure, reflection, rest, sister, temptation, understanding, and worth

When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers. I went directly to a shop where they sold toys for children; and, being charmed with the sound of a whistle, that I met by the way in the hands of another boy, I voluntarily offered and gave all my money for one. I then came home, and went whistling all over the house, much pleased with my whistle, but disturbing all the family. My brothers, and sisters, and cousins, understanding the bargain I had made, told me I had given four times as much for it as it was worth; put me in mind what good things I might have bought with the rest of the money; and laughed at me so much for my folly, that I cried with vexation; and the reflection gave me more chagrin than the whistle gave me pleasure. This however was afterwards of use to me, the impression continuing on my mind; so that often, when I was tempted to buy some unnecessary thing, I said to myself, "Don't give too much for the whistle;" and I saved my money.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: letter to Madame Brillon, Nov 10, 1779. —The Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. J Sparks,1836

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A Quote by Benedict De Spinoza on god, individuality, and understanding

The more we understand individual things, the more we understand God.

Benedict Spinoza

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A Quote by Barry Commoner on understanding

When you fully understand the situation, it is worse than you think.

Barry Commoner (1917 -)

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A Quote by Barbara Cartland on difficulty, truth, understanding, and women

I have always found women difficult. I don't really understand them. To begin with, few women tell the truth.

Barbara Cartland (1901 -)

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A Quote by Baba Dioum on love and understanding

In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we have been taught.

Baba Dioum

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on facts, language, money, nations, people, understanding, wealth, and words

If you ask me to name the proudest distinction of Americans, I would choose . . . the fact that they were the people who created the phrase "to make money." No other language or nation had ever used these words before. . . . Americans were the first to understand that wealth has to be created.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged,

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on business, conflict, desires, destruction, interest, lies, men, practicality, reality, sacrifice, trade, understanding, value, and work

Did it ever occur to you, that there is no conflict of interests among men, neither in business nor in trade nor in their most personal desires - if they omit the irrational from their view of the possible and destruction from their view of the practical? There is no conflict, and no call for sacrifice, and no man is a threat to the aims of another - if men understand that reality is an absolute not to be faked, that lies do not work, that the unearned cannot be had, that the undeserved cannot be given, that the destruction of a value which is, will not bring value to that which isn't.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 736)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on age, citizenship, crime, government, guilt, impossibility, innocence, justice, kindness, laws, men, nations, observation, power, and understanding

Did you really think that we wanted those laws to be observed? . . . We want them broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against - then you'll know that this is not the age for beautiful gestures. We're after power and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law-breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 406)

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on chance, earth, evil, good, nature, necessity, understanding, and value

What I want you to understand, is the full evil of those who claim to have become convinced that this earth, by its nature, is a realm of malevolence where the good has no chance to win. Let them check their premises. Let them check their standards of value. Let them check - before they grant themselves the unspeakable license of evil-as-necessity - whether they know what is the good and what are the conditions it requires.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: (Atlas 729)

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