„Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.“

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„The open society is one in which men have learned to be to some extent critical of taboos, and to base decisions on the authority of their own intelligence.“

—  Karl Popper, libro La società aperta e i suoi nemici

Vol. 1, Endnotes to the Chapters : Notes to the Introduction.
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„The tactical result of an engagement forms the base for new strategic decisions because victory or defeat in a battle changes the situation to such a degree that no human acumen is able to see beyond the first battle.“

—  Helmuth von Moltke the Elder German Field Marshal 1800 - 1891

Kein Operationsplan reicht mit einiger Sicherheit über das erste Zusammentreffen mit der feindlichen Hauptmacht hinaus.
"On Strategy" (1871)/"Über Strategie" (1871), as translated in Moltke on the Art of War: Selected Writings (1993) by Daniel J. Hughes and Harry Bell, p. 92; German collected in: Kriegsgeschichtliche Einzelschriften, H.13 (1890), hier zitiert nach: Militārische Werke, Band 2, Teil 2. Mittler & Sohn Berlin 1900. S. 291 books.google https://books.google.de/books?id=WHgvafaY1UIC&pg=PA291
Paraphrased variants:
No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Paraphrased in The Swordbearers : Studies in Supreme Command in the First World War (1963) by Correlli Barnett, p. 35
No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy.
As quoted in Donnybrook : The Battle of Bull Run, 1861 (2005) by David Detzer, p. 233
Contesto: The tactical result of an engagement forms the base for new strategic decisions because victory or defeat in a battle changes the situation to such a degree that no human acumen is able to see beyond the first battle. In this sense one should understand Napoleon's saying: "I have never had a plan of operations."
Therefore no plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.

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„The most important decision we can make is whether this is a friendly or hostile universe. From that one decision all others spring.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Multiple variations of this quote can be found, but the earliest one on Google Books which uses the phrase "friendly or hostile" and attributes it to Einstein is The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spiritual Healing by Susan Gregg (2000), p. 5 http://books.google.com/books?id=XLQ8X67PozAC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA5#v=onepage&q&f=false, and this book gives no source for the quote.
A variant is found in Irving Oyle's The New American Medicine Show (1979) on p. 163, where Oyle writes: 'There is a story about Albert Einstein's view of human existence. Asked to pose the most vital question facing humanity, he replied, "Is the universe friendly?"' This variant is repeated in a number of books from the 1980s and 90s, so it probably pre-dates the "friendly or hostile" version. And the idea that the most important question we can ask is "Is the universe friendly?" dates back much earlier than the attribution to Einstein, for example in Emil Carl Wilm's 1912 book The Problem of Religion he includes the following footnote on p. 114 http://books.google.com/books?id=nWYiAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA114#v=onepage&q&f=false: 'A friend proposed to the late F. W. H. Myers the following question: "What is the thing which above all others you would like to know? If you could ask the Sphinx one question, and only one, what would the question be?" After a moment's silence Myers replied: "I think it would be this: Is the universe friendly?"'
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„I am convinced that knowledge is power - to overcome the past, to change our own situations, to fight new obstacles, to make better decisions.“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

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„The destinies of men are woven one with the other, and you can turn aside from them no more than you can turn aside from your own.“

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Origine: The Chronicles of Prydain (1964–1968), Book III: The Castle of Llyr (1966), Chapter 19

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„Mathematicians do not study objects, but the relations between objects; to them it is a matter of indifference if these objects are replaced by others, provided that the relations do not change. Matter does not engage their attention, they are interested in form alone.“

—  Henri Poincaré, libro Science and Hypothesis

Les mathématiciens n'étudient pas des objets, mais des relations entre les objets ; il leur est donc indifférent de remplacer ces objets par d'autres, pourvu que les relations ne changent pas. La matière ne leur importe pas, la forme seule les intéresse.
Origine: Science and Hypothesis (1901), Ch. II: Dover abridged edition (1952), p. 20

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„Change cannot come from one politician, it has to come from each one of us and not just for today…it's a gradual process.“

—  Akshay Kumar Indian film actor and producer 1967

As quoted in "Independence Day: Bollywood stars wish peace, progress, prosperity" in The Times of India (15 August 2014) http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/Independence-Day-Bollywood-stars-wish-peace-progress-prosperity/articleshow/40306133.cms.
Contesto: Change cannot come from one politician, it has to come from each one of us and not just for today... it's a gradual process. Let's be responsible & work towards it.

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„All men are created equal. It is what you do from there that makes the difference. We are all free agents in life. We make our own decisions. We control our own destiny.“

—  Glenn Beck, libro An Inconvenient Book

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