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Maimonides Quotes and Sayings

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The risk of a wrong decision is preferable
to the terror of indecision.
- Maimonides

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You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.
- Maimonides

No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.
- Maimonides

The whole object of the Prophets and the Sages was
to declare that a limit is set to human reason where it must halt.
- Maimonides

 

Be convinced that, if man were able to reach the end
without preparatory studies,
such studies would not be preparatory but tiresome and utterly superfluous.
- Maimonides

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day;
teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
- Maimonides

To the totality of purposes of the perfect Law there belong the abandonment,
depreciation, and restraint of desires in so far as possible.
- Maimonides

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He, however, who begins with Metaphysics,
will not only become confused in matters of religion,
but will fall into complete infidelity.
- Maimonides

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.
- Maimonides

Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books,
for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not
hesitate to do the same with his pen.
- Maimonides

The same is the case with those opinions of man to
which he has been accustomed from his youth;
he likes them,
defends them, and shuns the opposite views.
- Maimonides

Teach thy tongue to say 'I do not know,'
and thou shalt progress.
- Maimonides

You must consider, when reading this treatise,
that mental perception, because connected with matter,
is subject to conditions similar to those to which
physical perception is subject.
- Maimonides

How individuals of the same species surpass each other
in these sensations and in other bodily faculties is universally known,
but there is a limit to them, and their power cannot
extend to every distance or to every degree.
- Maimonides

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics,
if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between
the world and Providence as it is in reality,
and not according to imagination.
- Maimonides

Now, we occupy a lowly position, both in space and
rank in comparison with the heavenly sphere,
and the Almighty is Most High not in space,
but with respect to absolute existence,
greatness and power.
- Maimonides

Further, there are things of which the mind understands one part,
but remains ignorant of the other; and when man is
able to comprehend certain things,
it does not follow that he must be able to comprehend everything.
- Maimonides

One should see the world, and see himself as a scale
with an equal balance of good and evil.
When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good -
he and the world is saved.
When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad -
he and the world is destroyed.
- Maimonides

While one man can discover a certain thing by himself,
another is never able to understand it,
even if taught by means of all possible expressions and metaphors,
and during a long period; his mind can in no way grasp it,
his capacity is insufficient for it.
- Maimonides

It is thus necessary to examine all things according to their essence,
to infer from every species such true and well established
propositions as may assist us in the solution of metaphysical problems.
- Maimonides

If a person studies too much and exhausts his reflective powers,
he will be confused, and will not be able to apprehend
even that which had been within the power of his apprehension.
For the powers of the body are all alike in this respect.
- Maimonides

Consequently he who wishes to attain to human perfection,
must therefore first study Logic, next the various
branches of Mathematics in their proper order,
then Physics, and lastly Metaphysics.
- Maimonides

All this is applicable to the intellectual faculties of man.
There is a considerable difference between one person
and another as regards these faculties,
as is well known to philosophers.
- Maimonides

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency
of our understanding and of its limited extent is an
assertion founded only on the Bible:
for philosophers likewise assert the same,
and perfectly understand it,- without having regard
to any religion or opinion.
- Maimonides

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Recovery begins with embracing our pain
and taking the risk to share it with others.
We do this by joining a group
and talking about our pain.
- John Bradshaw

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Children are curious and are risk takers.
They have lots of courage.
They venture out into a world
that is immense and dangerous.
A child initially trusts life
and the processes of life.
- John Bradshaw

The length of this document defends it well
against the risk of its being read.
- Winston Churchill

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud
was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
- Anais Nin

This report, by its very length, defends itself
against the risk of being read.
- Winston Churchill

One can not love without opening oneself,
and opening oneself, that's taking the risk of suffering.
One does not have control.
- Isabelle Adjani

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears,
for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead.
- Albert Einstein

There are one hundred men seeking security to one able
man who is willing to risk his fortune.
- J. Paul Getty

Whales only get harpooned when they come to the surface,
and turtles can only move forward when they stick their neck out,
but investors face risk no matter what they do.
- Charles A. Jaffe

Risk!
Risk anything!
Care no more for the opinions of others,
for those voices.
Do the hardest thing on earth for you.
Act for yourself.
Face the truth.
- Katherine Mansfield

What you risk reveals what you value.
- Jeanette Winterson

Our national security is at risk when we rely on foreign
oil to keep our economy moving forward.
- Bill Shuster

No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space
shuttle program is very high-risk,
and are prepared for accidents.
- Sally Ride

I have to accept risk as a racing driver.
- Emerson Fittipaldi

Security is not the meaning of my life.
Great opportunities are worth the risk.
- Shirley Hufstedler

There is no doubt that Formula 1 has the best risk
management of any sport and any industry in the world.
- Jackie Stewart

Nearly 100,000 sex offenders remain unregistered,
and are moving freely about the country;
the risk that they may strike again grows every day.
- Bob Ney

If you want to write the next great novel,
but you think, No, this won't work because no one will
buy it or it won't be any good,
then you talk yourself out of taking a risk.
- John Tesh

In the end it is worse to suppress dissent than to run the risk of heresy.
- Learned Hand

What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that,
find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my
face if it's going to be worth it,
and then maybe I'll surprise myself.
- Jeremy Irons

To walk across the street is a risk.
- Mikhail Baryshnikov

Any time you take a chance you better be sure the rewards
are worth the risk because they can put you away just
as fast for a ten dollar heist as they can for a million dollar job.
- Stanley Kubrick

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply,
to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life,
to be needed.
- Storm Jameson

You want 21 percent risk free? Pay off your credit cards.
- Andrew Tobias

If you are not willing to risk the unusual,
you will have to settle for the ordinary.
- Jim Rohn

If you don't accept failure as a possibility,
you don't set high goals, you don't branch out,
you don't try - you don't take the risk.
- Rosalynn Carter

As population susceptibilities are better understood,
we will be in a better position than we are in today
to make informed decisions about risk management.
- Samuel Wilson

If my ego was out of whack and I believed I could carry anything off,
that would be a stupid risk.
But so far there's been no reason not to try anything.
- Kathleen Turner

Risk is a part of God's game, alike for men and nations.
- Warren Buffett

The average man's judgment is so poor,
he runs a risk every time he uses it.
- Edgar Watson Howe

Involvement in the arts engages kids in their community,
improves self-esteem, reclaims at-risk youth,
and builds the creative skills that are required of
a 21st century workforce.
- Gavin Newsom

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking,
excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity
and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for
osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

It's risky in a marriage for a man to come home too late,
but it can sometimes pose an even greater risk if he comes home too early.
- Marcel Achard

He who stands aloof runs the risk of believing himself
better than others and misusing his critique of society
as an ideology for his private interest.
- Theodor Adorno

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
- Chuck Palahniuk

Pouring concrete on land you don't own is called a calculated risk,
if you don't pour you loose millions.
- Eddie Perez

There really have only ever been a few people in each generation who step out,
are willing to put themselves on the line,
and risk everything for their beliefs.
- Wynton Marsalis

Four years ago in speaking of a Jewish nation one ran
the risk of being regarded ridiculous.
Today he makes himself ridiculous who denies the existence of a Jewish nation.
- Theodor Herzl

There is small risk a general will be regarded with
contempt by those he leads,
if, whatever he may have to preach, he shows himself best able to perform.
- Xenophon


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