„I have learned that the consequences of our past actions are always interesting; I have learned to view the present with a forward-looking eye.“

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„I have no intention of retaliating or looking backwards. We are going to forget the past and look forward to the future.“

—  Jomo Kenyatta First prime minister and first president of Kenya 1893 - 1978
(1964) Post-election statement. Virginia Morell, Ancestral Passions: The leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings, Copyright 1995, Chapter 19, beginning.

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„The provincial cultures of the past and the present have not always been loyal to the true interests of the human race.“

—  Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975
Context: The East and the West are not so sharply divided as the alarmists would make us believe. The products of spirit and intelligence, the positive sciences, the engineering techniques, the governmental forms, the legal regulations, the administrative arrangements, and the economic institutions are binding together peoples of varied cultures and bringing them into closer reciprocal contact. The world today is tending to function as one organism. The outer uniformity has not, however, resulted in an inner unity of mind and spirit. The new nearness into which we are drawn has not meant increasing happiness and diminishing friction, since we are not mentally and spiritually prepared for the meeting. Maxim Gorky relates how, after addressing a peasant audience on the subject of science and the marvels of technical inventions, he was criticized by a peasant spokesman in the following words : "Yes, we are taught to fly in the air like birds, and to swim in the water like the fishes, but how to live on the earth we do not know." Among the races, religions, and nations which live side by side on the small globe, there is not that sense of fellowship necessary for good life. They rather feel themselves to be antagonistic forces. Though humanity has assumed a uniform outer body, it is still without a single animating spirit. The world is not of one mind. … The provincial cultures of the past and the present have not always been loyal to the true interests of the human race. They stood for racial, religious, and political monopolies, for the supremacy of men over women and of the rich over the poor. Before we can build a stable civilization worthy of humanity as a whole, it is necessary that each historical civilization should become conscious of its limitations and it's unworthiness to become the ideal civilization of the world.

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„I look forward to an honest debate with Governor Palin on the issues, in the unlikely event that she ever learns anything about them.“

—  Alan Grayson American politician 1958
In a response to Sarah Palin's comments at an Orlando fundraiser for his opponent, 3-15-2010 Verified user comment, Daily Kos Diary, ROFL! Grayson on Palin, by diarist "emilysdad", published Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 09:16:44 AM PDT http://www.dailykos.com/comments/2010/3/15/12619/1678/203#c203."Grayson for Congress newsletter", March 12, 2010 http://www.graysonforcongress.com/newsletter_detail.asp?OptInEmailId=314.

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„Go around — listen to how many times a day you say, "I love" instead of, "I hate." Isn't it interesting that children, as they learn the process of language, always learn the word "no" years before they learn the word "yes"?“

—  Leo Buscaglia Motivational speaker, writer 1924 - 1998
Context: Go around — listen to how many times a day you say, "I love" instead of, "I hate." Isn't it interesting that children, as they learn the process of language, always learn the word "no" years before they learn the word "yes"? Ask linguists where they hear it. Maybe if they heard more of "I love, I love, I love" they'd hear it sooner and more often.

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„I always live in the present. The future I can't know. The past I no longer have.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
Original: Vivo sempre no presente. O futuro, não o conheço. O passado, já o não tenho. Ibid., p. 118

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„I have always considered myself, when I learned what the word meant, I've always considered myself a Pagan.“

—  Timothy Leary American psychologist 1920 - 1996
At the Neo-Pagan Starwood Festival (July 1991), recorded on Timothy Leary Live at Starwood (2001) http://www.freetimes.com/story/3493 by the Association for Consciousness Exploration

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