„All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind.“
— Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
Context: All progress has resulted from people who took unpopular positions. All change is the result of a change in the contemporary state of mind. Don't be afraid of being out of tune with your environment, and above all pray God that you are not afraid to live, to live hard and fast. To my way of thinking it is not the years in your life but the life in your years that count in the long run. You'll have more fun, you'll do more and you'll get more, you'll give more satisfaction the more you know, the more you have worked, and the more you have lived. For yours is a great adventure at a stirring time in the annals of men. Address at Princeton University, "The Educated Citizen" (22 March 1954). Variant: It is not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts. "If I Were Twenty-One" in Coronet (December 1955). This has also been paraphrased "What matters most is not the years in your life, but the life in your years" and misattributed to Abraham Lincoln and Mae West
— Michel Thomas American linguist and language teacher 1914 - 2005
Speak French with Michel Thomas, Disc 1
„Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, research is the means of all learning, and ignorance is the end.“
— Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592
„True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.“
— Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff ... and it's all small stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life
„Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting.“
— Ivan Illich, book Deschooling Society
Deschooling Society (1971), Context: Most learning is not the result of instruction. It is rather the result of unhampered participation in a meaningful setting. Most people learn best by being "with it," yet school makes them identify their personal, cognitive growth with elaborate planning and manipulation. Ritualization of Progress.
„It’s true that government cannot prevent all the downsides of the technological change and global competition“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
2013, Remarks on Economic Mobility (December 2013), Context: It’s true that government cannot prevent all the downsides of the technological change and global competition that are out there right now, and some of those forces are also some of the things that are helping us grow. And it’s also true that some programs in the past, like welfare before it was reformed, were sometimes poorly designed, created disincentives to work. But we’ve also seen how government action time and again can make an enormous difference in increasing opportunity and bolstering ladders into the middle class. Investments in education, laws establishing collective bargaining, and a minimum wage -- these all contributed to rising standards of living for massive numbers of Americans.
„All true opinions are living, and show their life by being capable of nourishment; therefore of change. But their change is that of a tree — not of a cloud.“
— John Ruskin, book Modern Painters
Modern Painters (1843-1860), Volume V, Preface (1860).
„[Lewin formally defines a Gestalt as:] a system whose parts are dynamically connected in such a way that a change of one part results in a change of all other parts.“
— Kurt Lewin German-American psychologist 1890 - 1947
1930s, Principles of topological psychology, 1936, p. 218, as cited in: Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener, Karl M. Dallenbach (1937) The American journal of psychology. Vol. 50, p. 374.
„The fire of hell is called eternal, only because it never ends. Still, there is change in the pains of the lost…Hence in hell true eternity does not exist, but rather time.“
— Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica
Summa Theologica (1265–1274), I, q. 10, art. 3, ad 2
— Traudl Junge, book Until the Final Hour
Context: We should listen to the voice of conscience. It does not take nearly as much courage as one might think to admit to our mistakes and learn from them. Human beings are in this world to learn and to change themselves in learning. Until the Final Hour : Hitler's Last Secretary (2004) edited by Melissa Müller, Foreword, p. 3.
— Katherine Anne Porter American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist 1890 - 1980
— John Byrom Poet, inventor of a shorthand system 1692 - 1763
Miscellaneous Poems (1773), Context: Here, all ye learned, full of all Dispute, Of true and false Religion lies the Root. The Mind of Christ, when He became a Man, With all Its Tempers, forms its real Plan, The Sheep from Goats distinguishing full well; — His Love is Heav'n, and Want of It is Hell. "On Works of Mercy and Compassion, Considered as The Proofs of True Religion", St. 6
„Our comforting sense of the permanence of our natural world, our confidence that it will change gradually and imperceptibly if at all, is the result of a subtly warped perspective. Changes that can affect us can happen in our lifetime in our world—not just changes like wars but bigger and more sweeping events. I believe that without recognizing it we have already stepped over the threshold of such a change; that we are at the end of nature. By the end of nature I do not mean the end of the world. The rain will still fall and the sun shine, though differently than before. When I say 'nature,' I mean a certain set of human ideas about the world and our place in it.“
— Bill McKibben, book The End of Nature
The End of Nature (1989), p. 7
— George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss