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The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.

In the last analysis, the individual person is responsible for living his own life and for finding himself. If he persists in shifting his responsibility to somebody else, he fails to find out the meaning of his own existence.
One can say that three pre-eminent qualities are decisive for the politician: passion, a feeling of responsibility, and a sense of proportion.
What is Art? It is the response of man's creative soul to the call of the Real.
Mind is the great lever of all things.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it.
The chief enemy of creativity is good taste.
Metaphors are much more tenacious than facts.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.
Education is the mother of leadership.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Our age knows nothing but reaction, and leaps from one extreme to another.
If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
It is the nature of men having escaped one extreme, which by force they were constrained long to endure, to run headlong into the other extreme, forgetting that virtue doth always consist in the mean.
Life... It tends to respond to our outlook, to shape itself to meet our expectations.
Being is a fiction invented by those who suffer from becoming.
Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right.
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
Actually, there is only one first question of government, and it is How should we live? or What kind of people do we want our citizens to be?
A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable only for the idea attached to it, or for the proof which it furnishes.
People can refute your facts, but never your feelings.
I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing -- a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
Now, what I want is, facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing else, and root out everything else. You can only form the minds of reasoning animals upon Facts: nothing else will ever be of any service to them. This is the principle on which I bring up my own children, and this is the principle on which I bring up these children. Stick to Facts, sir!
The best current evidence is that media are mere vehicles that deliver instruction but do not influence student achievement any more than the truck that delivers groceries causes change in our nutrition.
The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.
No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
The only source of knowledge is experience.
Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is, not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
When a subject becomes totally obsolete we make it a required course.
Education can no longer be the sole property of the state.
The purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one
Education is the art of making man ethical.
The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.
Education is too important to be left solely to the educators.
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
Education has become a prisoner of contemporaneity. It is the past, not the dizzy present, that is the best door to the future.
To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance.
We live in a web of ideas, a fabric of our own making.
We are shaped by each other. We adjust not to the reality of a world, but to the reality of other thinkers.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
I hold this as a rule of life: Too much of anything is bad.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Facts and truth really don't have much to do with each other.
Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get em, get em right, or they will get you wrong.
You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour.
You can fail so very often. But you are not a failure until you give up.
There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them.
The only reason for the existence of a novel is that it does attempt to represent life.
Fiction is the truth inside the lie.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.
Don't dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it will surely repent of every ill-judged outlay.
To me, the definition of focus is knowing exactly where you want to be today, next week, next month, next year, then never deviating from your plan. Once you can see, touch and feel your objective, all you have to do is pull back and put all your strength behind it, and you'll hit your target every time.
Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you'll win. Channel your energy. Focus.
Determine what specific goal you want to achieve. Then dedicate yourself to its attainment with unswerving singleness of purpose, the trenchant zeal of a crusader.
Expansion means complexity and complexity decay.
Lose not yourself in a far off time, seize the moment that is thine.
The basis of effective government is public confidence.
Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.
Past failures are guideposts to success.
The glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time you fall.
It doesn't matter where you are coming from. All that matters is where you are going.
A concept is stronger than a fact.
Facts are ventriloquists dummies. Sitting on a wise man's knee they may be made to utter words of wisdom; elsewhere, they say nothing, or talk nonsense, or indulge in sheer diabolism.
Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
The fatal futility of Fact.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
Failure is the tuition you pay for success.
The only people who never fail are those who never try.
Failures to heroic minds are the stepping stones to success.
He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great.
If one does not fail at times, then one has not challenged himself.
Who has never tasted what is bitter does not know what is sweet.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.
Failures are divided into two classes -- those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
Men do not fail; they give up trying.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure... it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail, in good spirits.
One precedent creates another and they soon accumulate and constitute law. What yesterday was a fact, today is doctrine.
The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.
What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
Fear is the foundation of most government.
In politics the middle way is none at all.
The happiness of society is the end of government.
What sculpture is to a block of marble, education is to an human soul.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
Wisdom comes alone through suffering.
I want to put a ding in the universe.
One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
Never judge a book by its movie.
Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.
There was a time when the world acted on books; now books act on the world.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live.
The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.
Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
Laws and institutions, like clocks, must occasionally be cleaned, wound up, and set to true time.
The state calls its own violence law, but that of the individual crime.
There is no education like adversity.
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is regarded as self evident.
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderated use rather than total abstinence.
Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.
I am a part of everything that I have read.
A book is a part of life, a manifestation of life, just as much as a tree or a horse or a star. It obeys its own rhythms, its own laws, whether it be a novel, a play, or a diary. The deep, hidden rhythm of life is always there -- that of the pulse, the heart beat.
You all laugh at me because I'm different, I laugh at you because you're all the same.
Democracy: In which you say what you like and do what you're told.
Two cheers for Democracy: one because it admits variety and two because it permits criticism.
Democracy without morality is impossible.
There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship.
Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.
Let the people think they govern and they will be governed.
Freedom without obligation is anarchy. Freedom without obligation is democracy.
All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.
I believe in democracy, because it releases the energies of every human being.
Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.
To educate the intelligence is to expand the horizon of its wants and desires.
Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
All human activity is prompted by desire.
Desire! That's the one secret of every man's career. Not education. Not being born with hidden talents. Desire.
The smallest faith can have the biggest difference.
Education is the best provision for old age.
Culture is the arts elevated to a set of beliefs.
In the animal kingdom, the rule is, eat or be eaten; in the human kingdom, define or be defined.
Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.

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