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Lawrence Lessig Quotes and Sayings

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While the creative works from the 16th century can
still be accessed and used by others,
the data in some software programs from the 1990s is already inaccessible.
- Lawrence Lessig

If the Internet teaches us anything,
it is that great value comes from leaving core resources in a commons,
where they're free for people to build upon as they see fit.
- Lawrence Lessig

A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued
about as by ideas that are taken for granted.
The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense.
- Lawrence Lessig

A free culture is not a culture without property;
it is not a culture in which artists don't get paid.
- Lawrence Lessig

 

Remember the refrain: We always build on the past;
the past always tries to stop us.
Freedom is about stopping the past, but we have lost that ideal.
- Lawrence Lessig

Americans have been selling this view around the world:
that progress comes from perfect protection of intellectual property.
- Lawrence Lessig

All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological,
and hence cultural, revolution in generations.
- Lawrence Lessig

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Before the monopoly should be permitted,
there must be reason to believe it will do some good -
for society,
and not just for monopoly holders.
- Lawrence Lessig

When government disappears, it's not as if paradise will take its place.
When governments are gone, other interests will take their place.
- Lawrence Lessig

Now that copyrights can be just about a century long,
the inability to know what is protected and what is
not protected becomes a huge and obvious burden on the creative process.
- Lawrence Lessig

In these times, the hardest task for social or political
activists is to find a way to get people to wonder
again about what we all believe is true.
The challenge is to sow doubt.
- Lawrence Lessig

Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt.
- Lawrence Lessig

Of all the creative work produced by humans anywhere,
a tiny fraction has continuing commercial value.
For that tiny fraction, the copyright is a crucially important legal device.
- Lawrence Lessig

Copyrights have not expired, and will not expire,
so long as Congress is free to be bought to extend them again.
- Lawrence Lessig

Monopoly controls have been the exception in free societies;
they have been the rule in closed societies.
- Lawrence Lessig

A culture without property, or in which creators can't get paid,
is anarchy, not freedom.
- Lawrence Lessig

A free culture has been our past, but it will only
be our future if we change the path we are on right now.
- Lawrence Lessig

The danger in media concentration comes not from the concentration,
but instead from the feudalism that this concentration,
tied to the change in copyright, produces.
- Lawrence Lessig

The real harm of term extension comes not from these famous works.
The real harm is to the works that are not famous,
not commercially exploited, and no longer available as a result.
- Lawrence Lessig

Believing we know what makes prosperity work,
ignoring the nature of the actual prosperity all around,
we change the rules within which the Internet revolution lives.
These changes will end the revolution.
- Lawrence Lessig

This does not mean that every copyright must prove its value initially.
That would be a far too cumbersome system of control.
But it does mean that every system or category of copyright
or patent should prove its worth.
- Lawrence Lessig

Notwithstanding the fact that the most innovative and
progressive space we've seen -
the Internet -
has been the place where intellectual property has been least respected.
You know, facts don't get in the way of this ideology.
- Lawrence Lessig

We have a massive system to regulate creativity.
A massive system of lawyers regulating creativity as
copyright law has expanded in unrecognizable forms,
going from a regulation of publishing to a regulation of copying.
- Lawrence Lessig

So uncritically do we accept the idea of property in
culture that we don't even question when the control
of that property removes our ability,
as a people, to develop our culture democratically.
- Lawrence Lessig

If the only way a library can offer an Internet exhibit
about the New Deal is to hire a lawyer to clear the
rights to every image and sound,
then the copyright system is burdening creativity in
a way that has never been seen before because there are no formalities.
- Lawrence Lessig

As we've seen, our constitutional system requires limits
on copyright as a way to assure that copyright holders
do not too heavily influence the development and distribution of our culture.
- Lawrence Lessig

By the time Apple's Macintosh operating system finally
falls into the public domain,
there will be no machine that could possibly run it.
The term of copyright for software is effectively unlimited.
- Lawrence Lessig

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
- John Lennon PHOTO

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach PHOTO

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere,
while the pessimist sees only the red stoplight.
The truly wise person is colorblind.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation,
because your character is what you really are,
while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
- John Wooden

Some people dream of success
while others wake up and work hard at it.
- Anonymous

Hatred freezes hearts, while love warms them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day;
live life to the fullest;
make the most of what you have.
It is later than you think.
- Horace

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing,
while others judge us by what we have already done.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Smell the smells, feel the fear,
and smile at the incoherent way
life runs us in circles
while inscribing the real lessons
in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

While they were saying among themselves
it cannot be done, it was done.
- Helen Keller

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
- St. Francis of Assisi

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Celebrate! Celebration is an expression of Gratitude.
Gratitude is like the prayer, while
Celebration is the hymn and sacred dance.
Celebration is its own road to happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do the difficult things while they are easy
and do the great things while they are small.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
- Lao Tzu

Strike while the iron is hot.
- Proverb

Who can suffer while roses bloom
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gratitude is the prayer,
while Celebration is the song and the dance of praise.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

While the laughter of joy is in
full harmony with our deeper life,
the laughter of amusement
should be kept apart from it.
The danger is too great of thus learning
to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery,
and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
- Lewis Carroll

So long as we are loved by others,
I would almost say that we are indispensable;
and no man is useless while he has a friend.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

It is easy enough to be pleasant
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true.
I am not bound to succeed,
but I am bound to live by the light that I have.
I must stand with anybody that stands right,
and stand with him while he is right,
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

If we want to direct our lives,
we must take control of our consistent actions.
It's not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives,
but what we do consistently.
- Anthony Robbins

Heroes act in spite of their fear,
while the rest of us act because of our fear.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In all circumstances I acknowledge this,
IN ALL THINGS AND ALL WAYS, I HAVE CHOICE.
My choice resides in my perspective.
While I certainly do not control climate and markets
and roadways and others, I do control myself
and my response to all those circumstances. I do indeed.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Guilt is about actions or behavior;
while shame is about the self.
- "Dr. Sanity"

While most managers spend their time attempting
to predict the future accurately -
and while that's valuable -
the best managers are able to generate a future
which was not going to happen otherwise -
that is, a future which was not predictable.
- Werner Erhard

While it is natural to feel some degree of
need for the approval of others, be careful.
If you find yourself unwilling to
take actions that others disapprove of,
you have lost control of your own life
and have given your destiny to others.
An excessive need-for-approval
is a sign of low self-esteem,
and in severe cases, a condition termed co-dependency.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can live the life you love -
even in the face of the most challenging circumstances.
While sometimes it may appear that life throws more obstacles
in your path than you can handle,
you can always choose to be happy.
Yes, you are that powerful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

However carefully we plan our future,
we are always climbing the steps to nowhere.
While it is important to our happiness
that we have an intent for our lives,
it is equally crucial to accept in advance
that we truly have no idea how our lives will turn out -
and that is good.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing.
You don't win once in a while,
you don't do things right once in a while,
you do them right all the time.
Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
- Vince Lombardi

I strive toward my vision,
while accepting gratefully whatever life offers me.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is danger that we lose sight of
what our friend is absolutely,
while considering what she is to us alone.
- Henry David Thoreau

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand,
while imagination embraces the entire world,
and all there ever will be to know and understand.
- Albert Einstein

We have a choice of how we view the obstacles on our life path.
One choice makes us slaves to circumstance,
while the other empowers us, and motivates us
to follow our dreams - and our happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pay It Forward.
Gift future generations in proportion to your gratitude.
The nature of life is that we pay forward
our biological creation and nurture.
Our parents gift us with life and nurture,
and we gift our children with life and nurture.
While this much is essential to continued human existence,
choose to take "pay it forward" farther - much farther.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stand with anybody that stands right,
stand with him while he is right
and part with him when he goes wrong.
- Abraham Lincoln

Truth always rests with the minority,
and the minority is always stronger than the majority,
because the minority is generally formed by those
who really have an opinion,
while the strength of a majority is illusory,
formed by the gangs who have no opinion -
and who, therefore, in the next instant
(when it is evident that the minority is the stronger)
assume its opinion... while truth again reverts to a new minority.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Thoughts come clearly while one walks.
- Thomas Mann

I was wise enough to never grow up
while fooling most people into believing I had.
- Margaret Mead

The key to happiness is inner peace.
The greatest obstacles to inner peace are disturbing emotions
such as anger, attachment, fear and suspicion,
while love and compassion and a sense of universal responsibility
are the sources of peace and happiness.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives.
- Albert Schweitzer


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