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The thinkers of the world should by rights be ...
by Agnes Repplier

The thinkers of the world should by rights be guardians of the world's mirth.
- Agnes Repplier

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed
off their earthly pedestals.
- Agnes Repplier

A kitten is chiefly remarkable for rushing about like mad at nothing whatever,
and generally stopping before it gets there.
- Agnes Repplier

Humor brings insight and tolerance.
Irony brings a deeper and less friendly understanding.
- Agnes Repplier

 

It is impossible for a lover of cats to banish these alert,
gentle, and discriminating friends, who give us just
enough of their regard and complaisance to make us hunger for more.
- Agnes Repplier

Laughter springs from the lawless part of our nature.
- Agnes Repplier

The diseases of the present have little in common with
the diseases of the past save that we die of them.
- Agnes Repplier

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People who cannot recognize a palpable absurdity are
very much in the way of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been well said that tea is suggestive of a thousand wants,
from which spring the decencies and luxuries of civilization.
- Agnes Repplier

It has been wisely said that we cannot really love
anybody at whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves,
and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
- Agnes Repplier

Conversation between Adam and Eve must have been difficult
at times because they had nobody to talk about.
- Agnes Repplier

The clear-sighted do not rule the world,
but they sustain and console it.
- Agnes Repplier

There is always a secret irritation about a laugh into which we cannot join.
- Agnes Repplier

It is as impossible to withhold education from the receptive mind,
as it is impossible to force it upon the unreasoning.
- Agnes Repplier

It is in his pleasure that a man really lives;
it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.
- Agnes Repplier

There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.
- Agnes Repplier

We cannot really love anyone with with whom we never laugh.
- Agnes Repplier

It is not what we learn in conversation that enriches us.
It is the elation that comes of swift contact with
tingling currents of thought.
- Agnes Repplier

The tourist may complain of other tourists,
but he would be lost without them.
- Agnes Repplier

Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between
its ideals and its realities,
between its heroic possibilities and its sorry achievements.
- Agnes Repplier

Edged tools are dangerous things to handle,
and not infrequently do much hurt.
- Agnes Repplier

The highest thinkers of the ages,
the seers of the tribes and the nations,
have been optimists.
- Helen Keller

Thinkers do not accept the inevitable;
they turn their efforts toward changing it.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

Doubt is part of all religion.
All the religious thinkers were doubters.
- Isaac Bashevis Singer

The herd instinct among forecasters makes sheep look
like independent thinkers.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran

Ancient metaphysics underwent many changes at the hands
of medieval thinkers who brought it in line with the
dominant religious and theological movements of their day.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers.
Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers.
The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.
- Edward de Bono

Kant and Hegel are interesting thinkers.
But I am happy to insist that they are also terrible writers.
- Alain de Botton

We need more people speaking out.
This country is not overrun with rebels and free thinkers.
It's overrun with sheep and conformists.
- Bill Maher

It is certainly safe, in view of the movement to the
right of intellectuals and political thinkers,
to pronounce the brain death of socialism.
- Norman Tebbit

I believe that our very survival depends upon us becoming better systems thinkers.
- Margaret J. Wheatley

Contemporary thinkers would say that man is continuously transcending himself.
- Gabriel Marcel

I got to sit down with people who I admired,
and have conversations with some of the greatest thinkers
and artists and performers.
It's a huge privilege for me to be a journalist.
- James Daly

Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
- Anthony Burgess

We are shaped by each other.
We adjust not to the reality of a world,
but to the reality of other thinkers.
- Joseph Chilton Pearce

Tom DeLay fears independent thinkers and fighters.
I am both.
- Martin Frost

Those thinkers who cannot believe in any gods often
assert that the love of humanity would be in itself sufficient for them;
and so,
perhaps, it would, if they had it.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Wise thinkers prevail everywhere.
- Sophocles

Slow thinkers are part of the game too.
Some of these slow thinkers can hit a ball a long way.
- Alvin Dark

It has been wisely observed by the greatest of modern
thinkers that mankind has progressed more rapidly in
every other respect than in morality.
- Lafcadio Hearn

The founding fathers were not only brilliant,
they were system builders and systematic thinkers.
They came up with comprehensive plans and visions.
- Ron Chernow

There are a lot of clear thinkers everywhere.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

By any reasonable measure of achievement,
the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
- E. O. Wilson

Bottom up thinkers try to start from experience and
move from experience to understanding.
They don't start with certain general principles they
think beforehand are likely to be true;
they just hope to find out what reality is like.
- John Polkinghorne

Racial history is therefore natural history and the
mysticism of the soul at one and the same time;
but the history of the religion of the blood,
conversely, is the great world story of the rise and downfall of peoples,
their heroes and thinkers, their inventors and artists.
- Alfred Rosenberg

The argument that the two parties should represent
opposed ideals and policies,
one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left,
is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.
- Carroll Quigley

It is important to remember that some of the most serious
thinkers once thought that democracy was not compatible
with the cultures of Germany,
Italy, Japan, Latin America and Russia.
- Natan Sharansky

Our job as writers and thinkers in the time is how
to bring about the occasions that let people have that
first-person experience -
or the metaphoric experience that allows them to see
human continuity as opposed to total threat,
total willingness to do violence.
- Stanley Crouch

A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid;
particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers;
in literature,
talents not much above the average are usually regarded
by their contemporaries as geniuses.
- Robert Musil

Marxists have some way of analyzing the development
of affairs which enables them to judge far in advance
of scientific thinkers what the trend of social and
economic development is to be.
- John Desmond Bernal

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

A Single Generosity Enlarges the World.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Try a new perspective on diversity.
Across the country and around the world,
we are all one.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Say NO to the demands of the world.
Say YES to the longings of your own heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

The cleansing fire of Spirit
consumes the troubles of this world.
Feed your concerns to the fire.
Breathe deeply and rejoice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I say NO to the demands of the world.
I say YES to the longings of my own heart.
There is nothing I ever need to have.
There is nothing I ever need to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The traveler sees what he sees,
the tourist sees what he has come to see.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The hope of a secure and livable world
lies with disciplined nonconformists
who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
- Oscar Wilde


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