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Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth
by Abdolkarim Soroush

Establishing an equilibrium between the Islam of truth
and Islam as an identity is one of the most difficult
tasks of religious intellectuals.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

Energy is a concept that has been coined by physicists.
There is no observable thing known as energy anywhere.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

As a result of the awareness and consciousness of decline,
an awareness and consciousness of a national ethnicity
or an Islamic identity also came into being.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

In many of the things that people do,
they themselves are the centre of attention,
but they inscribe some other name on their banner.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

 

In order for answers to become clear,
the questions have to be clear.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

We must break problems down into small,
digestible bits.
We must define the concepts that we use and explain
what components they consist of.
We must tackle small problems.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs;
only afterwards,
do they pursue any higher needs.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

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If a group of people feels that it has been humiliated
and that its honour has been trampled underfoot,
it will want to express its identity and this expression
of an identity will take different shapes and forms.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

We coin concepts and we use them to analyse and explain nature and society.
But we seem to forget, midway, that these concepts
are our own constructs and start equating them with reality.
- Abdolkarim Soroush

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes
God made in establishing tonal relationships.
- Ansel Adams

I get bored with establishing shots of people getting
out of cars and walking into buildings,
getting into elevators and then 45 seconds later they have a line.
- Dick Wolf

For most women, the language of conversation is primarily a language of rapport:
a way of establishing connections and negotiating relationships.
- Deborah Tannen

There are sadistic scientists who hurry to hunt down
errors instead of establishing the truth.
- Marie Curie

We've given more resources.
On housing, we are now establishing a regional housing pot.
- John Prescott

The Iraqis need help establishing a government.
We have to provide them with security.
- Brent Scowcroft

America owes most of its social prejudices to the exaggerated
religious opinions of the different sects which were
so instrumental in establishing the colonies.
- James F. Cooper

Instead of establishing facts, we have to overthrow errors;
instead of ascertaining what is,
we have to chase from our imaginations what is not.
- Francis Wright

You're telling the story, creating the sets,
doing the lighting, the designing, and establishing the pace.
- Bill Sienkiewicz

Of course the playing is important but writing and
the establishing of what you are going for is prime too.
- Andy Summers

History creates comprehensibility primarily by arranging
facts meaningfully and only in a very limited sense
by establishing strict causal connections.
- Johan Huizinga

The more important the subject and the closer it cuts
to the bone of our hopes and needs,
the more we are likely to err in establishing a framework for analysis.
- Stephen Jay Gould

We do not mind establishing a long-term truce between us and you.
- Osama bin Laden

Like the philosopher, the author views his task as
one of establishing a clear connection between life and history,
and of making the past bear fruit for the present and future.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Music is given to us with the sole purpose of establishing an order in things,
including, and particularly, the coordination between man and time.
- Igor Stravinsky

Establishing lasting peace is the work of education;
all politics can do is keep us out of war.
- Maria Montessori

Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them
deprive you of interesting detours.
- Doug Larson

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.
- Octavio Paz

Proceeding further, to inquire whether the facts related
by the Four Evangelists are proved by competent and satisfactory evidence,
we are led, first, to consider on which side lies the
burden of establishing the credibility of the witnesses.
- Simon Greenleaf

Islam, the third in historical sequence of the ethical
monotheistic religions of the Near East,
was very successful in establishing its monotheism,
but had only very moderate success in spreading its
version of Jewish and Christian ethics to the Arabs.
- Carroll Quigley

If the United Nations once admits that international disputes
can be settled by using force,
then we will have destroyed the foundation of the organization
and our best hope of establishing a world order.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I confess that for fifteen years my efforts in education,
and my hopes of success in establishing a system of national education,
have always been associated with the idea of coupling
the education of this country with the religious communities which exist.
- Richard Cobden

The purpose cannot be creating self-styled democracies,
but rather encouraging steps that are conducive to
establishing democratic rule at universal standards.
Obviously, this would be a formidable journey.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

There are two way of establishing a reputation,
one to be praised by honest people and the other to be accused by rogues.
It is best, however, to secure the first one,
because it will always be accompanied by the latter.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Similarly, establishing a firm timeline for bringing
our troops home could accelerate the development of
Iraqi security forces and deepen their commitment to
defending their own country and their own government.
- Peter DeFazio

It has no enforceable standards to stop a union from
conspiring with employers to keep another stronger
union out or from negotiating contracts with lower
pay and standards that members of another union have
spent a lifetime establishing.
- Andy Stern

My visit to the United States has also given me the
opportunity to emphasize the objective of establishing
close and intensive links between the Turkish and American peoples,
scholars and businessmen.
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The methods of peace propaganda which aim at establishing
peace doctrine by argument and by creating a feeling
favorable to peace in general seem to fall short of
reaching the springs of human action and of dealing
with the causes of the conduct which they seek to modify.
- Elihu Root

Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice
and when they fail in this purpose
they become the dangerously structured dams
that block the flow of social progress.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Unless we form the habit of going to the Bible
in bright moments as well as in trouble,
we cannot fully respond to its consolations
because we lack equilibrium between light and darkness.
- Helen Keller

Journey with me to a true commitment to our environment.
Journey with me to the serenity of leaving to our children a planet in equilibrium.
- Paul Tsongas

Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an
organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The hierarchy of relations, from the molecular structure
of carbon to the equilibrium of the species and ecological whole,
will perhaps be the leading idea of the future.
- Joseph Needham

Democracy is the only system capable of reflecting
the humanist premise of equilibrium or balance.
The key to its secret is the involvement of the citizen.
- John Ralston Saul

The first and most optimistic response was complete
rational expectations econometrics.
A rational expectations equilibrium is a likelihood function.
Maximize it.
- Thomas J. Sargent

There exists everywhere a medium in things,
determined by equilibrium.
- Dmitri Mendeleev

And so The Snow Queen also became a story about the
need to seek equilibrium,
in our own lives, with the natural world,
even within the universe at large.
- Joan D. Vinge

A system is in equilibrium when the forces constituting
it are arranged in such a way as to compensate each other,
like the two weights pulling at the arms of a pair of scales.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Now equilibrium is the very opposite of disorder.
- Rudolf Arnheim

Fortunately, there is a sane equilibrium in the character of nations,
as there is in that of men.
- Jose Marti

Feeling is the consciousness of the resulting conditions -
of success,
failure, equilibrium, compromise or balance,
in this continuous rivalry of ideas.
- James M. Baldwin

Democracies must have equilibrium...
and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
- Romano Prodi

I am probably exaggerating a little,
but I owe my equilibrium to ink and paper.
- Julien Green

I had become interested in economics,
an interest that was transformed into a lifetime dedication
when I met with the mathematical theory of general economic equilibrium.
- Gerard Debreu

The world is not dialectical - it is sworn to extremes,
not to equilibrium, sworn to radical antagonism,
not to reconciliation or synthesis.
This is also the principle of evil.
- Jean Baudrillard

Now if this electron is displaced from its equilibrium position,
a force that is directly proportional to the displacement
restores it like a pendulum to its position of rest.
- Pieter Zeeman

We know, in other words, the general conditions in which what we call,
somewhat misleadingly, an equilibrium will establish itself:
but we never know what the particular prices or wages
are which would exist if the market were to bring about such an equilibrium.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

Sometimes, you start with the drawing and then the
gag comes to you in the middle of it.
That is when you start working on the solution of the gag,
which is composition, placing, equilibrium,
and character design.
- Sergio Aragones

The proposition of an established classification of
states as slave states and free states,
as insisted on by some, and into northern and southern,
as maintained by others, seems to me purely imaginary,
and of course the supposed equilibrium of those classes a mere conceit.
- William H. Seward

All biologic phenomena act to adjust:
there are no biologic actions other than adjustments.
Adjustment is another name for Equilibrium.
Equilibrium is the Universal, or that which has nothing external to derange it.
- Charles Fort

Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws
of her general equilibrium,
has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues,
inspires now this impulse, now that one,
in accordance with what she requires.
- Marquis de Sade

Is it a surprise that into the vessel,
in which the mercury has no inclination and no repugnance,
not even the slightest, to being there,
it should enter and should rise in a column high enough
to make equilibrium with the weight of the external air which forces it up?
- Evangelista Torricelli

It is clear to all that the animal organism is a highly
complex system consisting of an almost infinite series
of parts connected both with one another and,
as a total complex, with the surrounding world,
with which it is in a state of equilibrium.
- Ivan Pavlov

For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that mankind,
as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past,
will find for itself a new code of ethics,
common to all, made of tolerance, of courage,
and of faith in the Spirit of men.
- Albert Claude

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate
back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago.
If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.
- E. O. Wilson

For centuries the death penalty, often accompanied
by barbarous refinements,
has been trying to hold crime in check;
yet crime persists.
Why? Because the instincts that are warring in man are not,
as the law claims, constant forces in a state of equilibrium.
- Albert Camus

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The jump is so frightening
between where I am,
and where I want to be.
Because of all I may become,
I will close my eyes and leap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Today is the bridge between acceptance and faith.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict
between thinking and feeling.
- Carl Jung

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou


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