- Carved on a cell wall in a concentration camp: ‘If there is a god, he will have to beg for my forgiveness’
- Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes but, when we look back everything is different.
~ C.S. Lewis
- Those who are heartless once cared too much.
“I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.”
― Harun Yahya
- From a Vietnam soldier’s lighter.”We the unwilling led by the unqualified to kill the unfortunate die for the ungrateful.”
- “I mean, they say you die twice. Once when you stop breathing, and a second time, a bit later on, when someone says your name for the last time.”
- “Beware the Fury of a Patient Man” – John Dryden
“There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.”
― Patrick Rothfuss
- “I am sorry,” sighed the tree. “I wish I could give you something… but I have nothing left.”
- “A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.” Admiral Grace Hopper
- I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
- Yesterday I was clever and tried to change the world. Today I am wise and try to change myself.
- We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’ I suppose we all thought that, one way or another. – J. Robert Oppenheimer after a nuclear test at Los Alamos.
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country.
But it, too, seemed immovable.
As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.
And now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family.
From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world.
-Written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abby
I just heard this quote from my professor. It needs context to be truly appreciated.
Jan Karski was a Polish World War II resistance fighter who snuck into and escaped from occupied Poland. In 1943 he traveled to the United States and met with many civic leaders to tell them about the extent of the Holocaust. One of the people Karski and the Polish ambassador met with was Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter. After hearing Karski describe the conditions in the Warsaw ghetto and Belzec death camp Frankfurter replied, “I cannot believe you.”
The Polish ambassador said, “Justice Frankfurter! If you doubt Karski, I can vouch for his honesty. We have a good deal of intelligence that backs him up.”
Frankfurter's response: “Mr. Ambassador, I did not say this young man is lying. I said I am unable to believe him. There is a difference.””
I will come to a time in my backwards trip when November eleventh,accidentally my birthday,was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy,and when Dwayne Hoover was a boy,all the people of all the nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice Day,which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen,that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the Voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.
Armistice Day has become Veterans' Day. Armistice Day was sacred. Veterans' Day is not.
So I will throw Veterans' Day over my shoulder. Armistice Day I will keep. I don't want to throw away any sacred things.
What else is sacred? Oh,Romeo and Juliet,for instance.
And all music is.
Kurt Vonnegut Breakfast of Champions (1973)
Original is German from this talk.
“Wenn man einen Gegner hat, muss man erst zuhören, ob er wirklich ein Gegner ist oder bloß eine andere Sprache spricht”
Hans-Peter Dürr was a coworker of Werner Heisenberg and became a pacifist after experiencing World War 2 as a German child soldier. He is often making explaining connections between humans, language and the meaning of science and physics.