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beginning of wisdom is found in doubting;
by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking
we may come upon the truth.
-- Pierre Abelard
need each other, deeper than anyone ever dares
to admit even to themselves. I think it is a
genetic imperative that we huddle together and
hold on to each other. There is no question
in my mind that there is nothing else in life,
really, than friendship."
simplest questions are the most profound. Where
were you born? Where is your home? Where are you
going? What are you doing? Think about these once
in a while and watch your answers change. ~Richard
would do well to ask themselves how many of their
ambitions and aspirations derive from the type
of economic system they inhabit and the insecurity
and exhaustion it creates, and question the sense
and purpose of a society where control of a large
portion of life is abdicated under contract in
the labour market, and where immense creativity
and potential is stifled by the need to do difficult
and repetitive tasks in order to earn a wage."
-- Tony Benn
business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social
entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the
driven, creative individuals who question the
status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse
to give up, and remake the world for the better."
-- David Bornstein
liberal political tradition provides no coherent
response to the obvious question: Why should the
rights of ownership prevail over the rights of
democratic citizenry in determining who is to
manage the affairs of a business enterprise whose
policies might directly affect as many as half
a million employees, and whose choice of product,
location, and technology touches entire communities
-- Samuel Bowels
there are innately female leadership styles...
is not really the right question. It is more important
to ask why there has been so little attention
paid to women leaders over the years as well as
why the styles of leading more often exhibited
by women are particularly useful at this critical
moment in history.”
is a transformational force, an individual and
social force. It is a way of looking at the world–a
questioning of power/domination issues, an affirmation
of women’s energy.”
of years ago the question was asked; ''Am I my
brother's keeper?'' That question has never yet
been answered in a way that is satisfactory to
civilized society. Yes, I am my brother's keeper.
I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired,
not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher
duty I owe myself. What would you think me if
I were capable of seating myself at a table and
gorging myself with food and saw about me the
children of my fellow beings starving to death.
-- Eugene V. Debs,
live in a complex world and the motivation to
use violence to solve problems needs to be seriously
questioned. It is essential that we help our children
perceive peaceful alternatives. We need to use
these troubled times as an opportunity to create
a new vision for the future.
-- Naomi Drew
from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is to not stop questioning.
important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity
has its own reason for existing. One cannot help
but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries
of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure
of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to
comprehend a little of this mystery every day.
Never lose a holy curiosity.”
-- Albert Einstein
my life I had been looking for something, and
everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what
it was. I accepted their answers too, though they
were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.
I was naïve. I was looking for myself and asking
everyone except myself questions which I, and
only I, could answer. It took me a long time and
much painful boomeranging of my expectations to
achieve a realization everyone else appears to
have been born with: that I am nobody but myself.
generation was bold enough to question many things
and to seek spirituality over religion. We haven’t
succeeded in overthrowing the old order yet, and
maybe there are some meanings to be found in my
story about coming of age spiritually in the latter
half of the twentieth century.”
-- Matthew Fox
therefore, can be described as an honest and diligent
pursuit of truth. It could also mean the search
for the meaning of life or the purpose of life,
questions that have tormented humankind for centuries.
The fact that we have not been able to find satisfactory
answers to these questions does not mean there
is no answer. It only means we have not searched
with any degree of honesty. The search has to
be both external and internal. We seek to ignore
this crucial search because the sacrifices it
demands are revolutionary. It means moving away
from greed, selfishness, possessiveness, and dominance
to love, compassion, understanding, and respect.
-- Arun Gandhi
is a point at which everything becomes simple
and there is no longer any question of choice,
because all you have staked will be lost if you
look back. Life's point of no return.
question is...whether we shall, by whatever means,
succeed in reconstituting the natural world as the
true terrain of politics, rehabilitating the personal
experience of human beings as the initial measure
of things, placing morality above politics and responsibility
above our desires, in making human community meaningful,
in returning content to human speech, in reconstituting,
as the focus of all social action, the autonomous,
integral, and dignified human "I,"...
-- Vaclav Havel
has the technology and resources to meet all its
energy needs while safeguarding the earth's climate.
The urgent question now is, 'Do we have the will?'
~ Denis Hayes
when at some future date the high court of history
sits in judgment on each of us ... will be measured
by the answers to four questions: First, were
we truly men of courage... Second, were we truly
men of judgment... Third, were we truly men of
integrity... Finally, were we truly men of dedication?
-- John F.
when at some future date the high court of history sits
in judgment on each of us, recording whether in our
brief span of service we fulfilled our responsibilities
to the state, our success or failure, in whatever office
we hold, will be measured by the answers to four questions:
First, were we truly men of courage... Second, were
we truly men of judgment... Third, were we truly men
of integrity... Finally, were we truly men of dedication?
-- John F. Kennedy,
is the answer to the crucial political moral questions
of our time. --Martin
Luther King, Jr.
asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks
the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question:
is it popular? But conscience asks the question:
is it right? And there comes a time when one must
take a position that is neither safe, nor politic,
nor popular- but one must take it simply because
it is right. --
most persistent and urgent question is, What are
you doing for others?" -- Martin
Luther King, Jr.
have moved into an era where we are called upon
to raise certain basic questions about the whole
society. We are still called upon to give aid
to the beggar who finds himself in misery and
agony on life's highway. But one day, we must
ask the question of whether an edifice which produces
beggars must not be restructured and refurbished.
true revolution of values will soon cause us to
question the fairness and justice of many of our
do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors,
to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous
man ought often to ask himself.”
-- Johann Kaspar Lavater
"Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken
for granted until progress began to do away with
them. Now we face the question whether a still
higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost
in things natural, wild, and free. For us of the
minority, the opportunity to see geese is more
important than television, and the chance to find
a pasque-flower is a right as inalienable as free
~ Aldo Leopold
is frequently more to be learned from the unexpected
questions of a child than the discourses of men.
-- John Locke
great question is, can war be outlawed from the
If so, it would mark the greatest advance in civilization
since the Sermon on the Mount.
-- Douglas MacArthur
most revolutionary thing anybody can do is to
raise good, honest and generous children who
will question the answers of people who say
the answer is violence. That's what the schools
should be doing." -- Colman
"It's too easy only to blame the militarists,
racists, sexists and other pushers of violence
for the mess we're in. What is harder is self-examination,
moving beyond caring by looking inward to ask
the personal question: What more should I be
doing everyday to bring about a peace and justice
based world, whether across the ocean or across
the living room?" -- Colman
young, free to act on their initiative, can lead
their elders in the direction of the unknown...
The children, the young, must ask the questions
that we would never think to ask, but enough trust
must be re-established so that the elders will
be permitted to work with them on the answers."
-- Margaret Mead
unconscious people, an indoctrinated people, a
people fed only partisan information and opinion
that confirm their own bias, a people made morbidly
obese in mind and spirit by the junk food of propaganda
is less inclined to put up a fight, ask questions
and be skeptical. And just as a democracy can
die of too many lies, that kind of orthodoxy can
kill us, too.
-- Bill Moyers
leads to a question -- if a great many people
are for a certain project, is it necessarily right?
If the vast majority is for it, is it even more
certainly right? This, to be sure, is one of the
tricky points of democracy. The minority often
turns out to be right, and though one believes
in the efficacy of the democratic process, one
has also to recognize that the demand of the many
for a particular project at a particular time
may mean only disaster."
-- Frances Perkins
Make Assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions
and to express what you really want. Communicate
with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings,
sadness and drama. With just this one agreement,
you can completely transform your life.
-- Miguel Angel Ruiz
do not pretend to start with precise questions.
I do not think you can start with anything precise.
You have to achieve such precision as you can,
as you go along.
all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then
to hang a question mark on the things you have
long taken for granted.
tired of being labelled anti-American because
I ask questions."
-- Susan Sarandon
children have first amendment rights is a vexed
legal question, but what is not in question is that
they someday will. Constraining them from expressing
their views is no preparation for exercising those
-- Crispin Sartwell
opinions often appear first as jokes and fancies,
then as blasphemies and treason, then as questions
open to discussion, and finally as established
-- George Bernard
first part of the Answer to the Question of the
'Meaning of Life' is about the way to truly Live.
And that is to love and be loved by the people
in your life with all your heart, and to seek
to live in the Now – to strive to be present with
them, and remember this mission and purpose through
the struggles and the joy, and to share together
the amazing journey of life. The second part is
to see Life as more than your own life and your
own time. To see that throughout time, humanity
has shared a vision of ‘peace on earth’. And though
it is an impossible dream, only a life lived in
service to humanity – in honor of this shared
goal – can help to validate the struggles of the
93 billion people who have lived and died, the
7 billion dreams of those alive today, and the
hope of humanity to come. The third is to find
a balance between the two – between living your
individual life to the fullest, while striving
to help humanity evolve to a higher consciousness
of compassion, meaning and purpose.
-- Robert Alan Silverstein
"I would like the church to be a place where the
questions of people are honored rather than a
place where we have all the answers. The church
has to get out of propaganda. The future will
involve us in more interfaith dialogue. ... We
cannot say we have the only truth."
-- Bishop John Shelby
question of whether violence or law shall prevail
between states is the most vital of the problems
of our eventful era, and the most serious in its
repercussions. The beneficial result of a secure
world peace are almost inconceivable, but even
more inconceivable are the consequences of the
threatening world war which many misguided people
are prepared to precipitate. The advocates of
pacifism are well aware how meager are their resources
of personal influence and power. They know that
they are still few in number and weak in authority,
but when they realistically consider themselves
and the ideal they serve, they see themselves
as the servants of the greatest of all causes.
-- Bertha von
to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain
or freed a human soul.
-- Mark Twain
religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions
are in almost every case gotten at second-hand,
and without examination, from authorities who
have not themselves examined the questions at
issue but have taken them at second-hand from
other non-examiners, whose opinions about them
were not worth a brass farthing.
-- Mark Twain
is the answer for the questions of our time. Love
will conquer evil every time."
-- James Twyman
a world that we know can feed itself, upwards
of 40,000 children die very day from conditions
of malnutrition. Surely we must question why we
are allowing this carnage to continue
The human heart is the first home of democracy.
It is where we embrace our questions: Can we be
equitable? Can we be generous? Can we listen with
our whole beings, not just our minds, and offer
our attention rather than our opinion? And do
we have enough resolve in our hearts to act courageously,
relentlessly, without giving up, trusting our
fellow citizens to join us in our determined pursuit—a
a collective knowing that a dimension of reality
exists beyond the material plane, and that sense
of knowing is causing a mystical resurgence on
the planet today. It's not just children who are
looking for a missing piece. It is a very mature
outlook to question the nature of our reality.”
was deeply concerned then, and have become more
concerned since, that unless we can deal with the
questions of development and the questions of poverty,
there's no way that we're going to have a peaceful
world for our children.
-- James Wolfensohn