Just quotes…

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. -—John F. Kennedy.

“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”Henry Adams 

“Dear Sir or Madam, But Most Likely Sir: I am writing to apply for your advertised position in Social Innovation. As a Comparative Literature Ph.D, I am proficient in the fabrication of closed tautological circles of non-meaning; this makes me the ideal candidate for a job seeking “innovative teachers…for the position of lecturer in innovation.”
J. P. Leary (via blog).

“doctors and their organisations should recognise that it is unethical to receive money that has been earned in part through crimes that have harmed those people whose interests doctors are expected to take care of. Many crimes would be impossible to carry out if doctors weren’t willing to participate in them.”Peter C Gøtzsche, The BMJ, 2012, Big pharma often commits corporate crime, and this must be stopped.

“Science thrives on open challenge and objective debate. Patients will not receive safe and effective care in an environment characterised by commercial secrecy, bullying of academics and journal editors, or reliance on overstretched regulators.”F. Godlee. The BMJ,  2013. Secrecy does not serve us well.

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.George Orwell

“The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs.Peter C Gøtzsche, Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare.

Si nous n’avions point de défauts, nous ne prendrions pas tant de plaisir à en remarquer dans les autres.” ― François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”Winston S. Churchill

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.Aristotle

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.Bob Dylan

“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty…….. but
when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is
wrong.” Buckminster Fuller

“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body; it calls attention to the development of an unhealthy state of things. If it is heeded in time, danger may be averted; if it is suppressed, a fatal distemper may develop.”  ―Winston S. Churchill

“Unchallenged, opinions became respected precedent then exceptionless concepts and sometimes even civil and academically accepted social law.”  ― Buckminster Fuller

“Dare to be naïve.”  Buckminster Fuller

“Never forget that you are one of a kind. Never forget that if there weren’t any need for you in all your uniqueness to be on this earth, you wouldn’t be here in the first place. And never forget, no matter how overwhelming life’s challenges and problems seem to be, that one person can make a difference in the world. In fact, it is always because of one person that all the changes that matter in the world come about. So be that one person. ”
Buckminster Fuller

“Geniuses are just people who had good mothers.”
Buckminster Fuller

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.”
Buckminster Fuller

“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”  — Carl Sagan (Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”  — Carl Sagan

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”  — Carl Sagan

“Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” Carl Sagan

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?”  — Carl Sagan

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.”
Carl Sagan

‘Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.’  — Sun Tzu.

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”  ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”  ― Buckminster Fuller

“Either war is obsolete or men are. ”Buckminster Fuller

“Books are the mirrors of the soul.”Virginia Woolf, Between the Acts

“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own

“An ounce of data is worth a thousand pounds of opinion.” Ashish Jha. An Ounce of Evidence. Health Policy Blog. Harvard University. 

“An ounce of knowledge is worth a ton of data”  Gaines, Brian R.

“I think you’ll find it’s a bit more complicated than that.”  ― Ben Goldacre

“L’art, c’est moi; la science, c’est nous” – Claude Bernard, 1865.
“Collaborate, exchange, negotiate, challenge, co-produce: this is science.” ― Trisha Greenhalgh (comments about C. Bernard quote above – 1865)

“Don’t let the measurable drive out the relevant” ― Albert Einstein.

“Take the initiative. Go to work, and above all co-operate and don’t hold back on one another or try to gain at the expense of another. Any success in such lopsidedness will be increasingly short-lived. These are the synergetic rules that evolution is employing and trying to make clear to us. They are not man-made laws. They are the infinitely accommodative laws of the intellectual integrity governing universe.” ―Buckminster Fuller in Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1963).

“Conceptuality is subjective; realization is objective.” Buckminster Fuller

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.  —John F. Kennedy.

“A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide.” —Mickey Mantle

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. ― Sun Tzu

“I believe in a deeply ordered chaos.” ― Francis Bacon

“The scientist has a lot of experience with ignorance and doubt and uncertainty, and this experience is of very great importance, I think. When a scientist doesn’t know the answer to a problem, he is ignorant. When he has a hunch as to what the result is, he is uncertain. And when he is pretty damn sure of what the result is going to be, he is still in some doubt. We have found it of paramount importance that in order to progress, we must recognize our ignorance and leave room for doubt. Scientific knowledge is a body of statements of varying degrees of certainty — some most unsure, some nearly sure, but none absolutely certain. Now, we scientists are used to this, and we take it for granted that it is perfectly consistent to be unsure, that it is possible to live and not know. But I don’t know whether everyone realizes this is true. Our freedom to doubt was born out of a struggle against authority in the early days of science. It was a very deep and strong struggle: permit us to question — to doubt — to not be sure. I think that it is important that we do not forget this struggle and thus perhaps lose what we have gained.” ― Richard P. Feynman

“You can say anything you want about how the brain works and people will believe you. Really, our brains are hard-wired like that.” — Noah Gray

“I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you. Although co-metacognition would be pretty cool.”  Shit Academics Say

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