„In the real world, very smart people fail and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ.“
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Playboy interview (May 1995), Context: In the real world, very smart people fail and mediocre people rise. Part of what makes people fail or succeed are skills that have nothing to do with IQ. Also, the idea that intelligence can be gauged by an IQ test is erroneous.
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
„The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich.“
— Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993
Oui interview (1979), Context: The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich.… That leaves me making music. But we can’t talk about that.
— Daniel Johns Australian musician 1979
Song lyrics, Neon Ballroom (1999), Dearest Helpless
„It is important to be both a thinker and a doer and to have sense of responsibility. A theoretician who has no responsibility is withdrawn from the real world. His recommendations are made in a vacuum. Because he is not required to carry them out, they may be irresponsible and do harm. Similarly, those in charge — the doers — are often devoid of any real thought.
To find a purpose to life, on must be willing to act, to put excellence in one's work, and have concern for what is right ahead of personal safety. Life must be felt, not observed.“
— Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986
Thoughts on Man's Purpose in Life (1974)
„My favorite thing about the Internet is that you get to go into the private world of real creeps without having to smell them.“
— Penn Jillette American magician 1955
2000s, As quoted in "Thoughts On the Business of Life" in Forbes magazine (12 November 2007) http://www.forbes.com/business/forbes/2007/1112/192.html
— David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946
Context: There's this beautiful ocean of bliss and consciousness that is able to be reached by any human being by diving within, which is really peaceful and harmonious and can be enlivened by the group process. This group is a peace-creating group. It saturates the atmosphere. This is all about establishing peace. Right now, we gotta get peace back in the world. Peace is a real thing. As quoted in David Lynch's $1B Peace Plan" in The New York Post (22 October 2003) http://www.lynchnet.com/articles/peacepost.html
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
— Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
Date unknown, As quoted in American Greats (1999) Edited by Robert A. Wilson and Stanley Marcus, p. 70.
„Welkin's wind, way unhindered,
Big blusterer passing by,
A harsh-voiced man of marvels,
World-bold, without foot or wing.“
— Dafydd ap Gwilym Welsh poet 1320 - 1380
Yr wybrwynt helynt hylaw Agwrdd drwst a gerdda draw, Gŵr eres wyd garw ei sain, Drud byd heb droed heb adain. "Y Gwynt" (The Wind), line 1; translation by Joseph P. Clancy, from Gwyn Jones (ed.) The Oxford Book of Welsh Verse in English (Oxford: OUP, 1977) p. 38.
„The world is full of people who are determined to be somebody or to give trouble. They want to get ahead, to stand out. Such ambition has no use for a gung fu man, who rejects all forms of self-assertiveness and competition“
— Bruce Lee, Striking Thoughts: Bruce Lee's Wisdom for Daily Living
„There is but one way to commemorate the Emancipation Proclamation. That is to make its declarations of freedom real; to reach back to the origins of our nation when our message of equality electrified an unfree world, and reaffirm democracy by deeds as bold and daring as the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Emancipation Proclamation Centennial Address (1962)
„What we see before us is just one tiny part of the world. We get in the habit of thinking, this is the world, but that's not true at all. The real world is a much darker and deeper place than this, and much of it is occupied by jellyfish and things.“
— Haruki Murakami, buch Mister Aufziehvogel
— Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941
The Enemies of Reason (August 2007), Context: The word 'mundane' has come to mean boring and dull, and it really shouldn't. It should mean the opposite because it comes from the latin 'mundus', meaning the world, and the world is anything but dull; the world is wonderful. There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality. The Enemies of Reason, "Slaves to Superstition" [1.01], 13 August 2007, timecode 00:38:16ff
„There are two kinds of people in this world : those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.“
— Tom Robbins, buch Still Life with Woodpecker
Still Life with Woodpecker (1980)
„It is so hard to get things done in this world. You try and too often it doesn't work. But you have to continue. And you never give up. “
— Malala Yousafzai Pakistani children's education activist 1997