The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate, we ask ourselves “Are these words true?” If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate, we ask, “Are they necessary?” At the last gate , we ask, “Are they kind?” – Eknath Easwaran
John Adams “In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress”.
Precision, accuracy, and clarity matter, as gestures of respect toward those to whom you speak; toward the subject, whether it’s an individual or the earth itself; and toward the historical record. It’s also a kind of self-respect… The search for meaning is in how you live your life but also in how you describe it and what else is around you.
– Rebecca Solnit, from Call Them by Their True Names
“Well I’ve lost my equilibrium, my car keys and my pride…”-
Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz shares with his students a strategy for successfully defending cases.
“If the facts are on your side, Dershowitz says, pound the facts into the table. If the law is on your side, pound the law into the table. If neither the facts nor the law are on your side, pound the table.”
Quote Investigator: There is good evidence that Jerome Michael used a version of the saying while teaching, but the adage was in use before he graduated from Columbia Law School. QI has traced it back ninety-nine years and will present selected citations in reverse order.
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“There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind.”
- Fred Rogers
“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us”
In school, rarely do we learn how data become facts, how facts become knowledge, and how knowledge becomes wisdom.
There are many talented people who haven’t fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
Martin Niemöller, a prominent Protestant pastor who was an outspoken critic of Adolph Hitler, said:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.