A Quote by Alfred the Great on clarity, education, foolishness, life, promotion, understanding, wishes, and world

He promoted the education of the parish clergy and wrote: He seems to me a very foolish man, and very wretched, who will not increase his understanding while he is in the world, and ever wish and long to reach that endless life where all shall be made clear.

Alfred the Great (849 - 899)

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A Quote by Alexandre Dumas on anger, people, and wishes

There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.

Alexandre Dumas (1802 - 1870)

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A Quote by Alexander Pope on contentment, happiness, and wishes

Happy the man whose wish and care A few paternal acres bound, Content to breathe his native air In his own ground.

Alexander Pope (1688 - 1744)

Source: Ode on Solitude, c. 1700

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A Quote by Alexander Hamilton on character, government, presidency, and wishes

That this gentleman [President John Adams] ought not to be the object of the federal wish, is, with me, reduced to demonstration. His administration has already very materially disgraced and sunk the government. There are defects in his character which must inevitably continue to do this more and more. And if he is supported by the federal party, his party must in the issue fall with him.

Alexander Hamilton (c.1756 - 1804)

Source: Letter to Charles Carroll, July 1, 1800

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A Quote by Albert Szent-Gyorgyi de Nagyrapolt on facts, future, interest, investment, life, losing, mankind, military, money, necessity, needs, people, problems, purpose, simplicity, solution, soul, stability, universe, war, wishes, and world

Our nervous system developed for one sole purpose, to maintain our lives and satisfy our needs. All our reflexes serve this purpose. this makes us utterly egotistic. With rare exceptions people are really interested in one thing only: themselves. Everybody, by necessity, is the center of his own universe. When the human brain took its final shape, say, 100,000 years ago, problems and solutions must have been exceedingly simple. There were no long-range problems and man had to grab any immediate advantage. The world has changed but we are still willing to sell more distant vital interests for some minor immediate gains. Our military industrial complex, which endangers the future of mankind, to a great extent owes its stability to the fact that so may people depend on it for their living. This holds true for all of us, including myself. When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893 - 1986)

Source: Albert Szent-Györgyi, The Crazy Ape, Grosset and Dunlap, New York, 1971, p 72.

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on admiration, art, hope, science, wishes, and world

Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on existence, good, and wishes

How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on blindness, brothers, day, execution, happiness, hope, indifference, time, wishes, and world

As if that blind rage had washed me clean, rid me of hope; for the first time, in that night alive with signs and stars, I opened myself to the gentle indifference of the world. Finding it so much like myself - so like a brother, really - I felt that I had been happy and that I was happy again. For everything to be consummated, for me to feel less alone, I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Albert Camus on appreciation, art, dreams, kindness, music, reason, understanding, and wishes

Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.

Albert Camus (1913 - 1960)

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A Quote by Aesop on wishes


We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

Aesop (620 - 560 BC)

Source: The Old Man and Death

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