— Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -550 - -478 a.C.
— L. David Mech American Biologist , Ecologist 1937
B.J. King, "Why Are Wolf Scientists Howling At Jodi Picoult?" NPR. (April 19, 2012).
„A country that demands moral perfection in its foreign policy will achieve neither perfection nor security.“
— Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923
"Reflections on Containment", Foreign Affairs, Vol. 73, No. 3 (June 1994), p. 130
„We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come.“
— Milan Kundera Czech author of Czech and French literature 1929
„Poor behavior reflects will upon one’s family and upon one’s station in life. Without family and station, one lacks influence. And without influence, little of consequence can be accomplished.“
— David D. Levine science fiction writer 1961
Chapter 3, “Seeking Passage” (p. 46)
„Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave neither room nor demand for a theory of probabilities.“
— George Boole English mathematician, philosopher and logician 1815 - 1864
p. 244; Cited in: Michael J. Katz (1986) Templets and the Explanation of Complex Patterns, p. 123
„For neither talent without instruction nor instruction without talent can produce the perfect craftsman.“
— Vitruvius Roman writer, architect and engineer -80 - -15 a.C.
Chapter I, Sec. 3; translation by Frank Granger Neither natural ability without instruction nor instruction without natural ability can make the perfect artist. Morris Hicky Morgan translation
„An imaginary perfection is automatically at the same level as I who imagine it — neither higher nor lower.“
— Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
„It is imperfection — not perfection — that is the end result of the program written into that formidably complex engine that is the human brain, and of the influences exerted upon us by the environment and whoever takes care of us during the long years of our physical, psychological and intellectual development.“
— Rita Levi-Montalcini Italian neurologist 1909 - 2012
Quoted in New York Times obituary http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/31/science/dr-rita-levi-montalcini-a-revolutionary-in-the-study-of-the-brain-dies-at-103.html?_r=0
„War is waged by governmental action and war can be prevented only by actions of governments. This means that individuals must act as citizens and influence the behavior of governments“
— Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
Context: War is waged by governmental action and war can be prevented only by actions of governments. This means that individuals must act as citizens and influence the behavior of governments if they are to be effective in preventing war.
„This would have happened even if the intention had been to get all bad men, for the reason that man reaches perfection neither in good nor in evil“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: Among the “some two hundred and fifty-eight” Vicars of Christ there were probably some good men. This would have happened even if the intention had been to get all bad men, for the reason that man reaches perfection neither in good nor in evil; but if they were selected by Christ himself, if they were selected by a church with a divine origin and under divine guidance, then there is no way to account for the selection of a bad one. If one hypocrite was duly elected pope—one murderer, one strangler, one starver—this demonstrates that all the popes were selected by men, and by men only, and that the claim of divine guidance is born of zeal and uttered without knowledge.
„The man or the woman in whom resides greater virtue is the higher; neither the loftiness nor the lowliness of a person lies in the body according to the sex, but in the perfection of conduct and virtues.“
— Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies
Part I, ch. 9, p. 24.
„Our values are imperfect and incomplete, and to assume that they are perfect and complete is to put us in a dangerously dogmatic mindset that breeds entitlement and avoids responsibility.“
— Mark Manson American writer and blogger 1984
Chapter 6, “You’re Wrong About Everything (But So Am I)” (p. 135)
„Changing behavior is less a matter of giving people analysis to influence their thoughts than helping them to see a truth to influence their feelings.“
— John P. Kotter author of The heart of Change 1947
Introduction to the 2002 edition, p. 2
„Change occurs by following this process: New Information is accepted. A new attitude is adopted. A new behavior is practiced. New conviction influence others.“
— John C. Maxwell American author, speaker and pastor 1947
Book Sometimes you win Sometimes you Learn