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What is your favorite quote (overall)?

There are already a few topics about quotes from TEDTalks, but I'd like to step aside just a little.

What's your favorite quote? Regardless of whether it came from a TEDTalk, media announcement, a movie, a game, a song, a book, etc.

Who/where/when/why said it? Why is it your favorite quote? How has it influenced you?

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    Apr 8 2011: "Those that danced were often thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music"
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    Apr 8 2011: A few of my favorites.

    The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. - Thomas Paine

    What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it. - Jiddu Krishnamurti

    We are not human beings going through a temporary spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings going through a temporary human experience. - Dr. Darius Homi Umrigar
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    Apr 8 2011: "If our friendship depends on things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time, we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?"
    — Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
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        Apr 8 2011: The first book which truly inspired me.
  • Apr 2 2011: For all we are,
    We are nothing.
  • Mar 7 2011: This is one of my favorites:

    "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
    -Samuel Johnson

    I pasted a copy of this on my office wall, as a reminder that in order to accomplish great things we must face the objections and obstacles head on and not be intimidated by the very real possibility that our ideas will not be embraced by everyone, at least initially.
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    Mar 7 2011: I'll start things off with a quote I was recently reminded by thanks to other TED conversations.

    It didn't made much sence when I first heared it, but it now seems more profound than ever. It's the opening sentence from the intro of the computer game "Black & White":
    "A land of innosence has no need for gods. Until faith intervenes."

    To put this into context, here's the whole intro itself:

    BTW, if you don't get any chills the first time you hear the music, you have no soul! Epic music is epicly epic.
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    Jul 17 2011: This is a copy from my facebook since i'm short on time right now

    "Dum spiro spero" - Cicero

    “Imagination is more important than knowledge... knowledge is limited, Imagination encircles the world." - Albert Einstein

    "Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." - H. L. Mencken

    "Fallor egro sum" - Augustine of Hippo
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    Jun 12 2011: “We need to build system in the absent of systems that function….. In a world with no system with chaos, everything becomes a gorilla struggle and predictability is not there, and it becomes almost impossible to save lives, educate kids, develop economy… whatever” Bill Clinton
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    May 10 2011: "Any damn fool can fly a kite in the wind"

    Frederick A. Bowker 1911-1995 ( my father)
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    May 2 2011: "Know thyself" said by great Socretes, preached by Plato of Greece is mine top of the list among many others.

    It was said and preached to create a tolerance to others view in short.

    For the same reason it was said and preached it's my favorite.

    It offers me a great deal of self awareness even before disagreeing with someone.
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      Apr 15 2011: Haha how true is that. Nice one!
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      May 10 2011: all too true..all too true..I saw it running through all of our conversations on direct democracy and wolrld governance here at TED Conversation ..especially the one entitled "Would You Buy Unethical Clothes" a big disconnect between the will and the brain.
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    Apr 8 2011: "So you were born, and that was a good day.
    Someday you'll die, and that is a shame.
    But somewhere in the between was a life of which we all dream,
    And nothing and no one will ever take that away"- Tomas Kalnoky
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    Apr 8 2011: I would choose this from the Book of Micah...............Act justly, do the right and walk humbly with YOUR God.
  • Apr 8 2011: "You can't wake up a person who is pretending to sleep"
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    Mar 10 2011: The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra
  • Mar 8 2011: "The problem with socialists is that sooner or later they run out of other people's money." -- Margaret Thatcher.
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      Mar 10 2011: The problem with capitalists is they eventually run out of social resources to exploit.

      Sorry, I just can't let that go unanswered.

      My favorite quote ever is:
      “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” - Herman Melville

      Partly because it is the pithiest refutation of neoclassical economics.
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    Mar 8 2011: "Good things may come to those who wait, but not to those who wait too late." - Bill Withers, "Just the Two of Us"
  • Mar 7 2011: No one can make you feel inferior unless you let them.
    Elenor Roosevelt
  • Mar 7 2011: "Conscience does make cowards of us all."