Juan Jimenez


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What is your favorite quote?

eg. "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Gandhi

  • Oct 22 2011: "i like big butts and i cannot lie"

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      Oct 23 2011: Thank you Adeel, I must say that I was expecting something different. However I did ask for favorite quotes, thank you for sharing.
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    Oct 18 2011: "From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."
    -Carl Sagan (on our planet seen from Saturn)
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      Oct 18 2011: Carl Sagan :)
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      Oct 19 2011: Thank you for sharing this beautiful quote, Matthieu.
  • Oct 21 2011: "Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people." -G. B. Shaw
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      Oct 21 2011: Nice one! Thanks for the quote, Ali.
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    Oct 21 2011: If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.
    Hunter S. Thompson

    Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
    Groucho Marx

    Electricity is really just organized lightning.
    George Carlin

    Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
    Philip K. Dick

    A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
    Aldous Huxley

    You're only as young as the last time you changed your mind.
    Timothy Leary

    I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
    Pablo Picasso

    It takes a long time to become young.
    Pablo Picasso

    Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
    Jimi Hendrix
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      Oct 21 2011: I liked Aldous Huxley's quote and copied it to my file.

      I think Hendrix was channeling Oliver Wendell Holmes who said: "It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen."
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        Oct 21 2011: Thank you for continuing your contribution to this conversation, Thomas.
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        Oct 21 2011: I'm glad you take the Huxley quote to heart. It sad that so many people think we stop developing at twenty. Also thanks for the elaboration on the Hendrix's quote.
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      Oct 21 2011: Anthony thank you for your contribution, I really liked Aldous's quote as well.
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    Oct 19 2011: "Peace cannot be kept by force, it can only be achieved by understanding": - Einstein.
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      Oct 19 2011: Thank you Craig! Einstein became one of my favorite more for his quotes than his science.
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    Oct 24 2011: He who cannot feel pains cannot love
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      Oct 24 2011: Thank you Ngie, is this your quote, a proverb or who's to be credited for it?
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    Oct 21 2011: The last of the human dignities...is to choose your attitude.
    -Victor Frankel
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    Oct 20 2011: though I have shared them in other similar conversations but since you have asked for favorite ones I share them again.

    Even impossible has the word Possible.
    Saving one human is saving all humanity.
    If you are born poor, its not your mistake, but if You die poor, its your mistake.
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      Oct 20 2011: Rafi thank you for sharing! Could you please also share the credits for these? thanks again!
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        Oct 21 2011: I dont know about the first one but second one saying of prophet Mohammad (S.A.W) & third is of Bill Gate.
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    Oct 20 2011: Douglas Adams:
    -"I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer"

    -"Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until your forehead bleeds."

    Albert Einstein:
    "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."

    Oscar Wilde:
    -"Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit."

    -"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing."

    -"A good friend will always stab you in the front."

    -"I never travel without my diary. One must always have something sensational to read on the train."
    (The Importance of Being Earnest)

    -"Experience is merely the name men gave to their mistakes."
    (The Picture of Dorian Gray)


    "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything. "
    — Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club)

    "Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself."
    — Robert Frost

    "If you are going through hell, keep going."
    — Winston S. Churchill

    "Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes."
    — Mahatma Gandhi

    "What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do."
    — Eleanor Roosevelt

    "When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace."
    — Jimi Hendrix

    "I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed. "
    — Sarah Dessen

    "Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. "
    — Barack Obama

    "And in the end it is not the years in your life that count,
    It's the life in your years."
    — Abraham Lincoln
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    Oct 20 2011: I collect quotes. Here is a random sampling:

    We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn. – Peter Drucker

    It is what we know already that often prevents us from learning. – Claude Bernard

    Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill. – Tony Buzan

    The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. – Marcus Aurelius

    Quality is everyone’s responsibility. – W. Edwards Deming

    Give me the gift of a listening heart. – King Solomon

    The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred. – George Bernard Shaw

    When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion. – Dale Carnegie

    The best way to predict the future is to create it. – Peter Drucker

    Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility. – Peter Drucker

    A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. – Mohandas Gandhi

    Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

    The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' – Lao Tsu

    One should reflect on oneself whenever one fails to get the expected results. – Mencius

    The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgement. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

    A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. – William James

    The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them. – Albert Einstein

    What you are looking for is within you. – Prem Rawat
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      Oct 20 2011: Thomas! Me too, I thought here would be a would way to expand such collection and the result is amazing. Thank you very much for sharing part of your collection.
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    Oct 20 2011: A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud - George Santayana.
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      Oct 20 2011: Scott thank you for the quote. English is not my first language and I feel I'm not really getting the point, could you please share with me your interpretation of this quote? thanks!
      • Oct 20 2011: Juan,
        the classic version of Scott's quote " Practice what you preach" or "Live what you preach",
        sorry if I am wrong :)
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          Oct 20 2011: haha no worries all interpretations are welcome! thank you Natasha :)
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        Oct 20 2011: I see it as meaning:

        An idea that cannot be used by people in their daily lives has no real value.
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          Oct 20 2011: Scott, thank you.This is very interesting and I fully endorse it!
  • Oct 20 2011: It is not length of life, but depth of life.

    -Ralph Waldo Emerson
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      Oct 20 2011: Brandon thank you for sharing. I completely agree.
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    Oct 19 2011: "The universe is a figment of its own imagination"
    Douglas Adams (Hith Hicker's Guide)
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      Oct 19 2011: Thank you Gerald, I can really relate to this one!
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    Oct 18 2011: "you cant follow a point"
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      Oct 18 2011: Tim thanks for sharing, who said this?
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        Oct 18 2011: i did, on mushrooms. lol
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          Oct 19 2011: Tim, did any one ask you at moment: "what if the point is moving?"
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        Oct 20 2011: then its a line !
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          Oct 20 2011: jajajaja clever! I guess I was not thinking outside the box. thanks!
  • Oct 24 2011: ...........Brain surgeons do brain surgeries on brains with the help from their minds............
  • Oct 23 2011: .............If at first you don't succeed, try and try again...............
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      Oct 23 2011: Thank you for your continued contribution, Dan.
  • Oct 22 2011: ............"Practice, makes perfect"..............
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      Oct 22 2011: Thank you Dan! By any chance you know if this a proverb or if it's a quote attributed to some one? Cheers!
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      Oct 22 2011: Thanks for sharing Adriaan!
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          Oct 23 2011: thank you, where do you get it from Adriaan?
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    Oct 22 2011: Got it, Thanks Thomas...
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    Oct 21 2011: "To be, or not to be?"
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      Oct 21 2011: Thank you Shakespeare and Brenda.
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    Oct 21 2011: Drink today, and drown all sorrow; you shall perhaps, not do it tomorrow; best, while you have it, use your breath; there is no drinking after death.
    -Ben Jonson

    Any nation which draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.

    The conventional parabola--sentiment, the touch of the hand, the kiss, the passionate kiss, the feel of the body, the climax in the bed, then more bed, then less bed, then the boredom, the tears and the final bitterness--was to him shameful and hypocritical.
    - Ian Fleming, Casino Royale

    "It's just that I'd rather die of drink, than of thirst."
    -Ian Fleming, Thunderball

    Don't talk about it. Be about it.

    "I feel bad for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, thats as good as they are going to feel all day."
    -Frank Sinatra
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      Oct 21 2011: Thank you for sharing, Timothy.
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      Oct 21 2011: Timothy,

      Could you paraphrase the quote by Thucydides I would appreciate your take in contemporary terms. Thanks

      Any nation which draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools.

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        Oct 22 2011: If "intelligent" people ONLY become scholars (and not, say, soldiers) then your soldiers will have to come from the ranks of the "unintelligent" or, in other words, they will be fools.

        If "brave" people ONLY become soldiers, then your scholars will have to come from the ranks of the "unbrave" or, in other words, they will be cowards.
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        Oct 22 2011: Thank you Thomas.
        After his failure to assist in the defense of Amphipolis from the Spartans during the Peloponnesian War, General Thucydides was exiled from Greece and subsequently wrote his book detailing the war. I think it was during this time that he was attributed to saying this. Having a spectators view of things at this point, and being an intelligent man, he was able to apply the political realism he is famed for today.
        Remembering that Thucydides was a political realist- he understood that at that time it did not matter who was right, but who was the victor. He saw the value in a unified government between military and politik. If these two forces were at odds, they could not achieve great function. Perhaps the Spartan forces that defeated the Athenians had an influence in his opinions? He was able to witness firsthand the success of great military leadership, but perhaps saw it as more barbaric than the great thinkers of Athens, as evident by 'Spartan living.'

        It is interesting to note that as we move forward in sophistication, we as yet pour massive amounts of our stately incomes into maintaing military might, in the Nash Equilibrium like arms dilemma.
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    Oct 21 2011: Andrew thank your for sharing, this is an important one.
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      Oct 22 2011: My pleasure...good luck in your quest.
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    Oct 20 2011: I'd rather be a comma than a fool-stop.
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    Oct 20 2011: Juan,

    "We are taking part in something of which we are both witness and creators." -- Ryszard Kapuscinski

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      Oct 20 2011: Thank you Andrea, it is a beautiful quote.
  • Oct 20 2011: I can't remember where I read it, but when I read it it stuck in my head,

    "We are living like bats in the ruins of a haunted house, among the relics and ruins of it's past, which could lead to outdated forms of thoughts."

    This one I heard not too long ago,

    "Chicago is only called the "WINDY CITY," because all of the loud mouth Politicians."

    This one I think might be my own, I don't know for sure, maybe I heard it somewhere,

    "We are "all" interpreters of interpretations."
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      Oct 20 2011: Dan, thank you for such genuine contribution.
  • Oct 20 2011: "The origin of all revolutions and corruption, and the spur and source of all base morals are just two sayings:
    The First Saying: “So long as I’m full, what is it to me if others die of hunger?”
    The Second Saying: “You suffer hardship so that I can live in ease; you work so that I can eat.”.....(B.S.NURSİ)

    "Unfortunate truths become worthless in worthless hands."(B.S.NURSİ)
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      Oct 20 2011: Thank you K, why do these resonate so much with you?
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      Oct 20 2011: Adriaan thank you for sharing, are they all from the same book?
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          Oct 20 2011: Adriaan thank you one more time, I will cherish this dearly I am well impressed. Best regards!
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    Oct 20 2011: "The best thing about the future, is it only comes one day at a time" Honest Abe
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    Oct 20 2011: "Enlightenment is not about imaging figures of light, but about making the darkness consciousness". Carl Jung
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      Oct 20 2011: Thanks again for sharing, I hadn't heard from Jung in a while.
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    Oct 20 2011: Growing old is not a birth right but a privilege.Appreciate life.

    --Sorry I don't remember from where it came from.
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    Oct 20 2011: Leo Tolstoy
    One thing is only needful, the knowledge of the simple and clear truth which finds place in every soul that is not stupefied by religious and scientific superstitions--the truth that for our life one law is valid--the law of love, which brings the highest happiness to every individual as well as all mankind. Free your minds from those overgrown, mountainous imbecilities which hinder your recognition of it, and at once the truth will emerge from amid the pseudo-religious nonsense that has been smothering it: the indubitable, eternal truth inherent in man, which is one and the same in all the great religions of the world. It will in due time emerge and make its way to general recognition, and the nonsense that has obscured it will disappear of itself, and with it will go the evil from which humanity now suffers.
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      Oct 20 2011: Helena, thank you very much. This one resonates with me a great deal :).
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    Oct 20 2011: Know Thyself
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    Oct 20 2011: "One who is evil is also under the punishment of evil."
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      Oct 20 2011: Thadeus thank you for sharing, who said this? Why does this quote resonate with you? I find it very interesting.
  • Oct 19 2011: " A person who sees the good in things has good thoughts. And he who has good thoughts receives pleasure from life."
    ---A Luminary of His times Bediüzzaman SAİD NURSİ
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      Oct 19 2011: Thank you K, I find this very reassuring.
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    Oct 18 2011: “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
    ― Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Oct 18 2011: "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
    - From the novel Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.
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      Oct 18 2011: bet that person was living for the sake of there love.
      • Oct 18 2011: You should read the book Tim, the story is about the decline of mankind after the men of the mind go on strike, in response to demands by a world that tries to take advantage of them. It's considered a very political book, but I admire the intellectual views in it myself.
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          Oct 18 2011: oh, i have read it. it was good but i perfered anthem for Rand books.
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      Oct 20 2011: Thank you John, it is a beautiful quote.
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    Oct 18 2011: I think, therefore I am.