Inspirational quotations / İlham verici alıntılar

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"Computers are useless. They can only give you answers." Pablo Picasso

"All your life you must learn how to live." Seneca

"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." John Adams

"The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run." Thoreau

"If you think you're free, there's no escape possible." Ram Dass

"Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering; There is a crack in everything; That’s how the light gets in." Leonard Cohen

"Everyone dies. Not everyone really lives." William Wallace in Braveheart

"In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not." Attributed to multiple persons, including Albert Einstein

"I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying." Michael Jordan

"Always do what you are afraid to do." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"If you risk nothing, you risk everything." Unattributed

"Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached." Franz Kafka

"There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going." Unattributed

"Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is Enlightenment." Lao Tzu

"If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present." Lao Tzu

"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." Master Yoda in Star Wars

"When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." Dom Helder Camera

"Tell people something they know already and they will thank you for it. Tell them something new and they may hate you for it." Unattributed

"The liberty of the Press is called the Palladium of Freedom, which means, in these days, the liberty of being deceived, swindled, and humbugged by the Press and paying hugely for the deception." Mark Twain

"The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man." George Bernard Shaw

"Our system of elite education manufactures young people who are smart and talented and driven, yes, but also anxious, timid, and lost, with little intellectual curiosity and a stunted sense of purpose: trapped in a bubble of privilege, heading meekly in the same direction, great at what they’re doing but with no idea why they’re doing it." William Deresiewicz

"While we have gained some skill sets (multitasking, technological savvy), other skills have suffered: the art of conversation, the art of looking at people, the art of being seen, the art of being present. Our conduct is no longer governed by subtlety, finesse, grace and attention, all qualities more esteemed in earlier decades. Inwardness and narcissism now hold sway." Christy Wampole

"The way forward is with a broken heart." Alice Walker

"Asking, we walk."

"Discover your formulas and abandon them." "Your mistake was a hidden intention." Brian Eno

"You truly overcome a chronic condition when you are thankful for what you have learned from it." Haldun Özaktaş

"Knowledge of a weakness is a strength." Haldun Özaktaş

"Düşünde bile göremez işler; düşlerin gördüğü işleri..." Can Yücel

"Geleceği sat, yerine bol bol bugün al." Oğuz Omay

"Tasasız ve yaşama karışmış olmak gibisi yok." Seda Usubütün

"Bu dünyada neyi çok istersen, o senin imtihanındır." Mevlana

"Ne kadar bilirsen bil, söylediklerin karşındakinin anladığı kadardır." Mevlana

"Aşk sandığın kadar değil, yandığın kadardır." Mevlana

"Her şeyin suç olduğu ülkede hiçbir şey suç değildir." Adnan Özaktaş

"Notre véritable lieu de naissance est l'endroit où nous avons posé, pour la première fois, un regard intelligent sur nous-mêmes." Marguerite Yourcenar ("Asıl doğum yerimiz, kendimizle ilk defa akıllıca yüzleşebilmiş olduğumuz yerdir." Çeviren Oğuz Omay)

A comment on the smartphone generation by Steve Cutts (

My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back

Willingness to share ideas vs ability to generate them. Anonymous

How to make a difference

"Why I am Opposed to the War in Vietnam." Martin Luther King, Jr.

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