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Words of Wisdom

In 1498 Vasco da Gama, after a voyage of eleven months from Lisbon,
anchored off Calicut. He was well received by the Hindu Raja of Mala-
bar, who gave him a courteous letter to the King of Portugal:
“Vasco daGama, a nobleman of your household, has visited my kingdom, and has
given me great pleasure. In my kingdom there is abundance of cinnamon,
cloves, pepper, and precious stones. What I seek from your country is
gold, silver, coral and scarlet.”

His Christian majesty answered by claiming India as a Portuguese colony, for reasons which the Raja was too backward to understand.

The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage, p. 613 , Will and Ariel Durant, 1954


“Usually in history, when two nations have contested for the same markets,
the nation that has lost in the economic competition,
if it is stronger in resources and armament, has made war upon its enemy.”
The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage, p. 933 , Will and Ariel Durant, 1954


“Then, in a letter to his Secretary of War expressing his full support for Washington’s judgment, Adams added two pointed observations.
Maintaining armies was costly business and could become quite unpopular in the absence of an enemy to fight,.”

McCullough, D. G. (2001). John Adams. Simon & Schuster. Page 513


The first lesson of philosophy is that we may all be mistaken.
The Story of Civilization: Our Oriental Heritage, p. 845 , Will and Ariel Durant, 1954


One man likes oysters, and another likes pineapples; this distinguishes between them.
But when they think about the multiplication table, provided they think correctly, there is no difference between them. The irrational separates us, the rational unites us.

A history of western Philosophy, p. 172.  Bertrand Russell

Common sense is nothing more than a deposit of prejudices laid down by the mind before you reach eighteen.

The future of democracy is allied with the spread of scientific attitude.
John Dewey

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin

You can’t publish a paper on physics without the full experimental data and results; that should be the standard in journalism.

The duty of social science is to identify and explain the most consequential features of how we leave now. Some people quickly give up on the task, frankly admitting confusion. Still others encountering disputation, retreat into the comforting (and lazy) believe that we see only what we choose. Fortunately, most people stick with trying to understand what is happening in the world.
Frank Webster

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
- Frank Outlaw !!

To urge the editor, under the thumb of the advertiser or of the owner, to be more independent, is to invite him to remove himself from his profession. As for the capitalist-owner, to exhort him to run his newspaper in the interest of truth and progress is about as reasonable as to exhort the mill-owner to work his property for the public good instead of for his private benefit.
Edward Ross

If you act like there is no possibility for change, you guarantee that there will be no change.
Noam Chomsky

When you do sociology, you learn that men and women are indeed reaponsible, but that they can or cannot do is largely determined by the structure in which they are placed and the positions they occupy within that structure.
Piere Bourdieu (On Television)

A scientific analysis of competition is not possible, before we have a conception of the inner nature of capital, just as the apparent motions of the heavenly bodies are not intelligible to any but him, who is acquainted with their real motions, motions which are not directly perceptible by the senses. (Karl Max, Capital, Chapter 12)