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Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
by Herman Kahn

Projecting a persuasive image of a desirable and practical
future is extremely important to high morale,
to dynamism, to consensus, and in general to help the
wheels of society turn smoothly.
- Herman Kahn

Because of new technologies, new wealth,
new conditions of domestic life and of international relations,
unprecedented criteria and issues are coming up for national decision.
- Herman Kahn

I am against the whole cliche of the moment.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against ignorance.
- Herman Kahn

 

Failures of perspective in decision-making can be due
to aspects of the social utility paradox,
but more often result from simple mistakes caused by inadequate thought.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against fashionable thinking.
- Herman Kahn

Deterrence itself is not a preeminent value;
the primary values are safety and morality.
- Herman Kahn

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The objective of nuclear-weapons policy should not
be solely to decrease the number of weapons in the world,
but to make the world safer - which is not necessarily the same thing.
- Herman Kahn

Many people believe that the current system must inevitably
end in total annihilation.
They reject, sometimes very emotionally,
any attempts to analyze this notion.
- Herman Kahn

New developments in weapon systems during the 1950s
and early 1960s created a situation that was most dangerous,
and even conducive to accidental war.
- Herman Kahn

Only those who are ideologically opposed to military
programs think of the defense budget as the first and
best place to get resources for social welfare needs.
- Herman Kahn

I'm against sloppy, emotional thinking.
- Herman Kahn

In a world which is armed to its teeth with nuclear weapons,
every quarrel or difference of opinion may lead to
violence of a kind quite different from what is possible today.
- Herman Kahn

Anything that reduces war-related destruction should
not be considered altogether immoral.
- Herman Kahn

Human and moral factors must always be considered.
They must never be missing from policies and from public discussion.
- Herman Kahn

Nuclear war is such an emotional subject that many
people see the weapons themselves as the common enemy of humanity.
- Herman Kahn

A surprising number of government committees will make
important decisions on fundamental matters with less
attention than each individual would give to buying a suit.
- Herman Kahn

There was no race - but to the extent that there was an arms competition,
it was almost entirely on the Soviet side,
first to catch up and then to surpass the Americans.
- Herman Kahn

My guess is that nuclear weapons will be used sometime
in the next hundred years,
but that their use is much more likely to be small
and limited than widespread and unconstrained.
- Herman Kahn

Nuclear weapons are intrinsically neither moral nor immoral,
though they are more prone to immoral use than most weapons.
- Herman Kahn

A total nuclear freeze is counterproductive -
especially now,
when technology is rapidly changing and the Soviets
have some important strategic advantages.
- Herman Kahn

World War I broke out largely because of an arms race,
and World War II because of the lack of an arms race.
- Herman Kahn

A healthy and fully functioning society must allocate
its resources among a variety of competing interests,
all of which are more or less valid but none of which
should take precedence over national security.
- Herman Kahn

The widespread diffusion of nuclear weapons would make many nations able,
and in some cases also create the pressure,
to aggravate an on-going crisis, or even touch off
a war between two other powers for purposes of their own.
- Herman Kahn

From a scientific perspective there is some indication
that a nuclear war could deplete the earth's ozone layer or,
less likely, could bring on a new Ice Age -
but there is no suggestion that either the created
order or mankind would be destroyed in the process.
- Herman Kahn

In 1960 I published a book that attempted to direct
attention to the possibility of a thermonuclear war,
to ways of reducing the likelihood of such a war,
and to methods for coping with the consequences should
war occur despite our efforts to avoid it.
- Herman Kahn

To the extent that these advanced weapons or their
components are treated as articles of commerce,
perhaps for peaceful uses as in the Plowshare program,
their cost would be well within the resources available
to many large private organizations.
- Herman Kahn

It is immoral from almost any point of view to refuse
to defend yourself and others from very grave and terrible threats,
even as there are limits to the means that can be used in such defense.
- Herman Kahn

For some years I have spent my time on exactly these questions -
both in thinking about ways to prevent war,
and in thinking about how to fight, survive,
and terminate a war, should it occur.
- Herman Kahn

Hopefully, nations will refuse to accept a situation
in which nuclear accidents actually do occur,
and, if at all possible, they will do something to
correct a system which makes them likely.
- Herman Kahn

For if enough people were really convinced that growth should be halted,
and if they acted on that conviction,
then billions of others might be deprived of any realistic
hope of gaining the opportunities now enjoyed by the more fortunate.
- Herman Kahn

A spiritual person is also in touch with his or her own reality,
feelings and thoughts, and the reality of the people around him or her,
not projecting on them.
- Keith Miller

I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial
factors in projecting an attractive persona and give
one the chance to enhance one's best physical features.
- Vivienne Westwood

I think the potential for man is so enormous,
if we can stay alive long enough, we're going to be
seeing a lot of what Star Trek is projecting.
- Brent Spiner

Everyone's projecting onto you, or you feel like everyone is judging you.
I feel like I'm being judged a lot of the time.
You become really self-conscious.
- Kate Moss

Acting is fantastic, but to be able to create a whole
world on celluloid is amazing.
It's like taking your dreams straight from your head
and projecting them onto a screen.
- Amber Benson

I'm projecting somewhere between 100 million and 200
million computers on the Net by the end of December 2000,
and about 300 million users by that same time.
- Vinton Cerf

Career Education is one of the largest global providers
in the higher education sector.
We are projecting to be over $1.1 billion in revenue in 2003,
which puts us number one in our sector for onsite education
and number two for online education in terms of revenue.
- John Larson

In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes,
where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water,
ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes
worn down to the surface of the mud,
sometimes projecting slightly above it.
- Charles Lyell

Rodgers and Hammerstein didn't mean anything to me.
I just wanted to have a hit, I just wanted to be like
those people on the radio.
It was all of a case of the present tense with no projecting into the future,
particularly.
- Art Garfunkel

The video forum for me has been a source of great consternation
because once you start projecting a look to a song,
it robs the listener of their ability to adopt that
song and make the lyric their own.
- Sheryl Crow

If it's total freedom, I guess the ultimate thing you
can go into is total silence between the audience and performer,
with the performer projecting something he doesn't even have to play.
- Alice Cooper

It's not an anti-sex trip.
Like, we're taking sex, which is probably another half
of American entertainment,
sex and violence, and we're projecting it,
and we're saying this is the way everything is right now.
- Alice Cooper

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

To be persuasive, we must be believable;
to be believable, we must be credible;
to be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow

Truthful words are not beautiful;
beautiful words are not truthful.
Good words are not persuasive;
persuasive words are not good.
- Lao Tzu

Humor is richly rewarding to the person who employs it.
It has some value in gaining and holding attention,
but it has no persuasive value at all.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.
- Friedrich Schiller

The more informative your advertising,
the more persuasive it will be.
- David Ogilvy

The point of literary criticism in anthropology is not to replace research,
but to find out how it is that we are persuasive.
- Clifford Geertz

Unhappy, let alone angry, religious people provide
more persuasive arguments for atheism and secularism
than do all the arguments of atheists.
- Dennis Prager

For your own good is a persuasive argument that will
eventually make a man agree to his own destruction.
- Janet Frame

I am not unconscious of the persuasive power exerted
by these considerations to drag men along in the current;
but I am not at liberty to travel that road.
- Benjamin F. Wade

Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

I have a theory that the best ads come from personal experience.
Some of the good ones I have done have really come
out of the real experience of my life,
and somehow this has come over as true and valid and persuasive.
- David Ogilvy

The belief may be too often mistaken,
but the illusion of coming into direct contact with
the past is intoxicating and persuasive,
and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction.
Sometimes confidence is all that's needed.
- Charles Rosen

Properly practiced creativity must result in greater
sales more economically achieved.
Properly practiced creativity can lift your claims
out of the swamp of sameness and make them accepted,
believed, persuasive, urgent.
- William Bernbach

Another argument, vaguer and even less persuasive,
is that gay marriage somehow does harm to heterosexual marriage.
I have yet to meet anyone who can explain to me what this means.
In what way would allowing same-sex partners to marry
diminish the marriages of heterosexual couples?
- Ted Olson

An "enemy" is a mirage -
an image of self reflected on the sands of Hell.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Without health, life is not life;
it is only a state of languor and suffering -
an image of death.
- The Buddha

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself -
your own thinking coming back at you.
- Byron Katie

We all have a social mask, right?
We put it on, we go out, put our
best foot forward, our best image.
But behind that social mask is a personal truth,
what we really, really believe
about who we are and what we're capable of.
- Phil McGraw

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Each of us holds a different image of God.
There are as many perspectives on
the nature of God as there are people.
However much any of us may choose to argue,
or to fight and kill, for our point of view,
the nature of God is an unanswerable question.
Perhaps there is a specific answer,
that we will never learn - in this lifetime.
Perhaps the nature of God is so complex and multifaceted
that each view of God describes an aspect of the complex whole.
Or perhaps the nature of God is actually defined by our beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can safely assume that you've
created God in your own image
when it turns out that God hates
all the same people you do.
- Anne Lamott

Every man builds his world in his own image.
He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
- Ayn Rand

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not
only to the image of the past,
but to the past itself.
- Theodor Adorno

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
- Ansel Adams

Relentless, repetitive self talk is what changes our self-image.
- Denis Waitley

It is necessary for me to establish a winner image.
Therefore, I have to beat somebody.
- Richard M. Nixon


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