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Wayne Busby


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What is your favourite quote and why?

I would like to begin here a compendium of those bits of wisdom humanity perceives to be most true or without exception.

It is not necessary to name who might be credited with saying your selection, as no such person can honestly claim to have been without some outside inspiration, which catalyzed their creativity and moved them to express their insight.
Much like what you are called here to do.

If you yourself have distilled some wisdom through reflection, please allow me to present you this moment to pass it on here for consideration or perhaps start your own string.

The purpose of all this is to provide a most efficient tool for correlating the most valid ideas about morality and what we perceive to be real or important across culture or socialization. I would then like to work with you to turn this soil and see what new things (ideas) might grow. Food for the soul.

You are encouraged to emulate the creative process here so: COPY, COMBINE and TRANSFORM! Help me correlate.

Please comment in a constructive way if you agree or not with anything posted here and explain why.

Topics: education quotes

Closing Statement from Wayne Busby

Herein you will find over 700 quotes and comments full of inspiration and wisdom, from Tedsters motivated by positivity and the betterment of mankind.
I am blessed and humbled to have consorted with them.
Get yourself your favourite comfort drink and stay a while, this is one of 'Ted Conversations' longest strings ever.

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  • Apr 3 2012: Life is short, art long, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.
    History does not repeat itself, but it rhymes
    Enlightenment: the slow-dawning understanding that the world is unfolding according
    to its own inner properties of cause and effect, probability and chance,
    without any regard for human feelings.
    No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures.
    Freedom is born of great discipline.
    It does not matter where you come from, it matters where you are going.
    You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt
    The least we know, the stronger we believe
    I hear, i forget; i see, i remember; i do and i understand
    A harmful truth is better than a useful lie
    If you make people think their thinking, they love you;
    if you make them really think, they hate you
    I was too weak to be a leader, too strong to be a follower
    One learns from defeat, not from victory
    Learning tolerance while fighting ignorance
    When you let "wonder" die, your time has passed
    The readiness to answer all questions is an infallible sign of stupidity
    You only live once; make sure it is enough
    If you want to go quickly, go alone; if you want to go far, go together
    Short termism is the war that the present wages against the future
    Planning is essential; plans are useless
    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd
    We need to learn to succeed and not just to win.
    The least evidence we have, the more dogmatic we become
    The greater your area of knowledge grows,
    so it does your perimeter of ignorance
    Beware conventional wisdom and groupthink.
    Be skeptical of tidy explanations for complex past events.
    Be even more skeptical of confident predictions of future human behavior.
    A delusion that lasts a decade it is not a delusion; it is an institution
    Liberty is allowing people to do things you disapprove of.
    News is what is hidden; everything else is publicity
    Mankind is becoming a single unit,
    and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide

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