— Robert B. Laughlin American physicist 1950
Nobel Prize autobiography (1998), Context: Oklahoma is laid back and rather beautiful, with rolling brown hills not unlike the ones in California. The Pershing missiles, on the other hand, were not beautiful. They were horrible weapons of war — solid-fuel rockets five feet in diameter at the base, long as a moving van, and capable of throwing a tactical nuclear warhead 500 miles. They were launched from trucks and required a team of 10 men to service and fire. The most interesting thing I learned during this time was how small a nuclear warhead was. The nose cone of a Pershing is only about 18 inches in diameter at the base. I had not been interested at all in nuclear weaponry as a student, and so I had never thought through carefully about their "efficiency". It is sobering thought that these missiles were actually deployed in continental Europe in those days and that on at least one occasion, namely the 1973 Arab-Israel war, there was an alert serious enough to leave the commanding officers trembling. On his experiences in the military during his training on how to fire Pershing missiles.
„Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.“
— Robert B. Laughlin American physicist 1950
„"We do not encourage initiative," said the factory manager. "What you must do is to learn to work to the safety rules." It was my first day in my first job, as a plant chemist in an explosives factory, located in the English countryside, in July 1941. Happily, he was quite wrong. We were not making some old, tried and tested explosive like nitroglycerine or TNT. It was the first large -scale production of a brand-new chemical, code-named RDX-Research Department eXplosive-developed by a government military research department.“
— Brian Campbell Vickery British information theorist 1918 - 2009
A Long Search for Information (2004), p. 3.
„Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully.“
— Frances Moore Lappé activist against world hunger 1944
O Magazine, May 2004
„It may be that the fear contains information. Something can be interesting if you get to the other side of that fear.“
— Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962
„The abolition of classes means, not merely ousting the landowners and the capitalists - that is something we accomplished with comparative ease; it also means abolishing the small commodity producers, and they cannot be ousted, or crushed; we must learn to live with them.“
— Vladimir Lenin, buch "Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder
"Left-Wing" Communism: An Infantile Disorder (1920), CH 5, "Left Wing Communism in Germany. The Leaders, the Party, the Class, the Mass"
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
„Love in your mind produces love in your life. This is the meaning of heaven.
Fear in your mind produces fear in your life. This is the meaning of hell.“
— Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"
— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862
Journals (1838-1859), September 7, 1851
„No one can believe in transmutation who is not profoundly convinced that all we know in paleontology is as nothing compared to what we have yet to learn“
— Charles Lyell British lawyer and geologist 1797 - 1875
The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man (1863), Context: No one can believe in transmutation who is not profoundly convinced that all we know in paleontology is as nothing compared to what we have yet to learn, and they who regard the record as so fragmentary, and our acquaintance with the fragments which are extant as so rudimentary, are apt to be astounded at the confidence placed by the progressionists in data which must be defective in the extreme. But exactly in proportion as the completeness of the record and our knowledge of it are overrated, in that same degree are many progressionists unconscious of the goal towards which they are drifting. Their faith in the fullness of the annals leads them to regard all breaks in the series of organic existence, or in the sequence of the fossiliferous rocks, as proofs of original chasms and leaps in the course of nature, signs of the intermittent action of the creational force, or of catastrophes which devastated the habitable surface; and they are therefore fearless of discovering any continuity of plan (except that which must have existed in the Divine mind) which would imply a material connection between the outgoing organisms and the incoming ones. Ch.20, p. 406
„Ignorance, which is contented and clumsy, will produce what is imperfect, but not offensive. But ignorance discontented and dexterous, learning what it cannot understand, and imitating what it cannot enjoy, produces the most loathsome forms of manufacture that can disgrace or mislead humanity.“
— John Ruskin English writer and art critic 1819 - 1900
The Eagle's Nest (1872), Lecture V, section 88.