— Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Vol. I, Ch. 15, Section 8, pg. 520.
„It is the power to combine that labour has the most effective safeguard against exploitation and the only lasting security against inhuman conditions.“
— V. V. Giri Indian politician and 4th president of India 1894 - 1980
Lakshmidhar Mishra in: Human Bondage: Tracing Its Roots in India http://books.google.co.in/books?id=WNuGAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA425, SAGE Publications India, 12 July 2011, p. 425 From his book On the “Labour Problems in Indian Industry”
„In his own way each man must struggle, lest the moral law become a far-off abstraction utterly separated from his active life.“
— Jane Addams pioneer settlement social worker 1860 - 1935
As quoted in The MacMillan Dictionary of Quotations (1989) by John Daintith, Hazel Egerton, Rosalind Ferguson, Anne Stibbs and Edmund Wright, p. 374.
„The plant laboratories in which this wonderful and vitally essential transformation is effected are chiefly located in the leaf of the plant... the thoughtful person must regard this structure—the most ordinary green leaf of tree or shrub or vine or the tiniest blade of grass—as in some respects the most wonderful thing in the world.“
— Luther Burbank American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science 1849 - 1926
„42: You can measure a programmer's perspective by noting his attitude on the continuing vitality of FORTRAN.“
— Alan Perlis American computer scientist 1922 - 1990
„The fact that political ideologies are tangible realities is not a proof of their vitally necessary character. The bubonic plague was an extraordinarily powerful social reality, but no one would have regarded it as vitally necessary.“
— Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
Section 3 : Work Democracy versus Politics. The Natural Social Forces for the Mastery of the Emotional Plague; Variant translation: The fact that political ideologies are tangible, active realities does not prove their necessity. The bubonic plague was an extremely potent social reality. But nobody would have argued that, because it existed, it was necessary and nothing should be done about it.
„Abstract art as it is conceived at present is a game bequeathed to painting and sculpture by art history. One who accepts its premises must consent to limit his imagination to a depressing casuistry regarding the formal requirements of modernism.“
— Harold Rosenberg American writer and art critic 1906 - 1978
p. 71, "Lester Johnson's Abstract Men"
„Because of the nature of Moore's law, anything that an extremely clever graphics programmer can do at one point can be replicated by a merely competent programmer some number of years later.“
— John D. Carmack American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman 1970
Quoted in Tom Ham, "Interview: John Carmack" http://archive.gamespy.com/interviews/april01/carmack/ gamespy.com (2004-01)
„It would be wrong to assume that one must stay with a research programme until it has exhausted all its heuristic power, that one must not introduce a rival programme before everybody agrees that the point of degeneration has probably been reached.“
— Imre Lakatos Hungarian mathematician, philosopher 1922 - 1974
„No one regards the magician today as other than an ordinary man gifted with no extraordinary powers. The spectators come, not to be impressed with awe, but fully aware that his causes and effects are natural.“
— Alexander Herrmann French magician 1844 - 1896
Context: No one regards the magician today as other than an ordinary man gifted with no extraordinary powers. The spectators come, not to be impressed with awe, but fully aware that his causes and effects are natural. They come rather as a guessing committee, to spy out the methods with which he mystifies. Hundreds of eyes are upon him. Men with more knowledge of the sciences than he come to trip and expose him, and to baffle their scrutiny is the study of his life. Long years of training and exercise alone will not make a magician. … There must be some natural aptitude for the art; it must be born in a man, and can never be acquired by rule. He must be alert both in body and in mind; cool and calculating to the movement of a muscle under all circumstances; a close student of men and human nature. To these qualifications he must add the rather incongruous quality of a mind turning on contradictions. With a scientific cause he must produce a seemingly opposite effect to that warranted by order and system. I know of no life requiring such a series of opposite qualities as the magician's. And after the exercise of all these qualities I have named, resulting in the production of the most startling and novel results, the magician has not the satisfaction, like other men, of the enjoyment of his own product. He must be prepared to see it copied by others, or after a short time discovered by the public.
„It is pretty well established that there is an overconfidence effect.... You don't have the competence to assess your own competence.... you need competence in order to assess your own competence.... Everyone has the Dunning-Kruger effect.“
— Steven Novella American neurologist, skepticist 1964
SGU, Podcast #557, March 12th, 2016 http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/557
„One of man’s important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I.“
— G. I. Gurdjieff influential spiritual teacher, Armenian philosopher, composer and writer 1866 - 1949
Context: One of man’s important mistakes, one which must be remembered, is his illusion in regard to his I. Man such as we know him, the "man-machine," the man who cannot "do," and with whom and through whom everything "happens," cannot have a permanent and single I. His I changes as quickly as his thoughts, feelings and moods, and he makes a profound mistake in considering himself always one and the same person; in reality he is always a different person, not the one he was a moment ago.
„I see philosophy as a fairly abstract activity, as concerned mainly with the analysis of criticism and concepts, and of course most usefully of scientific concepts.“
— Alfred Jules Ayer English philosopher 1910 - 1989
As quoted in Profile of Sir Alfred Ayer (June 1971) by Euro-Television, quoted in A.J. Ayer: A Life (1999), p. 2.