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It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.
by John Boyd Orr

It is said that those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.
It may well be that a war neurosis stirred up by propaganda
of fear and hatred is the prelude to destruction.
- John Boyd Orr

The real evil of the Russian communist state is not communism.
It is the secret police and the concentration camp.
- John Boyd Orr

Our civilization is now in the transition stage between
the age of warring empires and a new age of world unity and peace.
- John Boyd Orr

The history of our civilization has been one of intermittent war.
- John Boyd Orr

 

Nearly every country in the world is now becoming industrialized as rapidly as it can.
- John Boyd Orr

However difficult it may be to bring it about,
some form of world government, with agreed international
law and means of enforcing the law,
is inevitable.
- John Boyd Orr

Some think the worst horrors of war might be avoided
by an international agreement not to use atomic bombs.
This is a vain hope.
- John Boyd Orr

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The increase of territory and power of empires by force
of arms has been the policy of all great powers,
and it has always been possible to get the approval of their state religion.
- John Boyd Orr

Some wars have been due to the lust of rulers for power and glory,
or to revenge to wipe out the humiliation of a former defeat.
- John Boyd Orr

Measured in time of transport and communication,
the whole round globe is now smaller than a small European
country was a hundred years ago.
- John Boyd Orr

Empires won by conquest have always fallen either by
revolt within or by defeat by a rival.
- John Boyd Orr

Our civilization has evolved through the continuous
adjustment of society to the stimulus of new knowledge.
- John Boyd Orr

If the views I have expressed be right,
we can think of our civilization evolving with the
growth of knowledge from small wandering tribes to large settled law.
- John Boyd Orr

As we have seen, the wireless and the airplane have
made the world so small and nations so dependent on
each other that the only alternative to war is the
United States of the World.
- John Boyd Orr

In the last five or six thousand years,
empires one after another have arisen,
waxed powerful by wars of conquest, and fallen by internal
revolution or attack from without.
- John Boyd Orr

When the fabric of society is so rigid that it cannot change quickly enough,
adjustments are achieved by social unrest and revolutions.
- John Boyd Orr

Science has produced such powerful weapons that in
a war between great powers there would be neither victor nor vanquished.
Both would be overwhelmed in destruction.
- John Boyd Orr

We are now physically, politically, and economically
one world and nations so interdependent that the absolute
national sovereignty of nations is no longer possible.
- John Boyd Orr

In the last fifty years science has advanced more than
in the 2,000 previous years and given mankind greater
powers over the forces of nature than the ancients ascribed to their gods.
- John Boyd Orr

During the last war when there was a market for everything that could be produced,
the production capacity of Canada and the United States,
which were outside the battle area, increased one hundred percent.
- John Boyd Orr

There can be no peace in the world so long as a large
proportion of the population lack the necessities of
life and believe that a change of the political and
economic system will make them available.
World peace must be based on world plenty.
- John Boyd Orr

Though the general principles of statecraft have survived
the rise and fall of empires,
every increase in knowledge has brought about changes in the political,
economic, and social structure.
- John Boyd Orr

When the Industrial Revolution of the nineteenth century
brought a rapid increase in wealth,
the demand of workers for a fair share of the wealth
they were creating was conceded only after riots and strikes.
- John Boyd Orr

After the First World War the economic problem was
no longer one of production.
It was the problem of finding markets to get the output
of industry and agriculture dispersed and consumed.
- John Boyd Orr

As I have tried to show, science, in producing the
airplane and the wireless,
has created a new international political environment
to which governments must adjust their foreign policies.
- John Boyd Orr

In recent times, European nations, with the use of
gunpowder and other technical improvements in warfare,
controlled practically the whole world.
One, the British Empire, brought under one government
a quarter of the earth and its inhabitants.
- John Boyd Orr

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

I want it said of me by those who knew me best,
that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower
where I thought a flower would grow.
- Abraham Lincoln

Examine what is said, not him who speaks.
- Arabian Proverb

Well done is better than well said.
- Benjamin Franklin

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- Karl Barth

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

Never say or do anything you wouldn't want
to be the last thing you ever said or did.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Good morning!" he said at last.
"We don't want any adventures here, thank you!
You might try over The Hill or across The Water."
- J. R. R. Tolkien

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

My Mama always said you've got to put the past behind you
before you can move on.
- the movie Forrest Gump

When a man you like switches from what
he said a year ago, or four years ago,
he is a broad-minded person who has courage enough
to change his mind with changing conditions.
When a man you don't like does it,
he is a liar who has broken his promise.
- Franklin Pierce Adams

When all is said and done,
the one sole condition that makes
spiritual happiness and preserves it
is the absence of doubt.
- Mark Twain

I unconditionally forgive myself for everything
that I have ever done, said, or thought
that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if it were only an illusion?
Perhaps life is not as threatening as it appears.
Perhaps the greatest threat to our serenity
is our fear of the future -
our fear of the unknown.
Perhaps, as Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise one said, "We are most like God when we forgive."
It is easy for us to blame, but hard for us to forgive.
Yet that is what we are called upon to do -
to forgive everyone for everything.
And the reward?
In this life, the reward for forgiveness
is your own happiness.
Unconditional universal forgiveness is
the key to your own happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One day Alice came to a fork in the road
and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
"Which road do I take?" she asked.
His responses was a question: "Where do you want to go?"
"I don't know," Alice answered.
"Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."
- Lewis Carroll

I don't see much sense in that," said Rabbit.
"No," said Pooh humbly, "there isn't.
But there was going to be when I began it.
It's just that something happened to it along the way."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Momma always said dyin' was a part of life.
I sure wish it wasn't.
- the movie Forrest Gump

"But I don't want to go among mad people," said Alice.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the cat. "We're all mad here."
- Lewis Carroll

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone,
"it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less."
- Lewis Carroll

How true Daddy's words were when he said:
all children must look after their own upbringing.
Parents can only give good advice
or put them on the right paths,
but the final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

"The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things:
of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings."
- Lewis Carroll

(Jesus on Love)
You have heard that it was said,
"Love your neighbor and hate your enemy."
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those who persecute you.
- Matthew 5:43-44

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister,
to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart.
Having said this, I have said all.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I unconditionally forgive everyone for all hurt
that I have ever experienced in the presence of their actions.
I unconditionally forgive myself for everything that I have ever done,
said, or thought that has caused me harm or suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe in God, but not as one thing,
not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God
is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha
and all the rest said was right.
It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
- John Lennon

He early on let her know who is the boss.
He looked her right in the eye and clearly said, "You're the boss."
- Anonymous humor

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy,
that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

John Candy knew he was going to die.
He told me on his 40th birthday.
He said, well, Maureen, I'm on borrowed time.
- Maureen O'Hara

I'm tired of hearing it said that democracy doesn't work.
Of course it doesn't work.
We are supposed to work it.
- Alexander Woollcott

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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