What i think it really means is: i'm a teacher. I am a teacher. I teach all the time, as you do and as all of you do-whether we know it or not, whether we take responsibility for it or not. I hold nothing back because i want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, 'i never thought of that before.' and i think, 'i've got them!'
Our german language has a word which in a magnificent way denotes conduct based on this spirit: doing one's duty [pflichterfllung]-which means serving the community instead of contenting oneself. We have a word for the basic disposition which underlies conduct of this kind in contrast to egoism and selfishness-idealism. By 'idealism' we mean only the ability of the individual to sacrifice himself for the whole, for his fellow men.
I am looking forward very much to getting back to cambridge, and being able to say what i think and not to mean what i say: two things which at home are impossible. Cambridge is one of the few places where one can talk unlimited nonsense and generalities without anyone pulling one up or confronting one with them when one says just the opposite the next day.
Some damage is too severe, some harm endures. And what you have to do is accept it. And by accept it i mean, dont be the paralyzed person in the bed who is waiting to walk again. Realize, its never gonna happen. And find some other way to get around swing from a vine, get a mad max wheelchair. Anything butwait.
When i so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise, for the redress of which, no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But i do mean to say, that, although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still while they continue in force, for the sake of example, they should be religiously observed.
In regard to the past, where contemplation is not obscured by desire and the need for action, we see, more clearly than in the lives about us, the value for good and evil, of the aims men have pursued and the means they have adopted. It is good, from time to time, to view the present as already past, and to examine what elements it contains that will add to the world's store of permanent possessions, that will live and give life when we and all our generation have perished.
The attitude, 'you can win if you want to badly enough,' means that the will to win is constant. No amount of punishment, no amount of effort, no condition is too 'tough' to take in order to win. Such an attitude can be developed only if winning is closely tied to the practitioner's ideals and dreams.
Methinks i am a prophet new inspired and thus, expiring, do foretell of him: his rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last, for violent fires soon burn out themselves; small show'rs last long, but sudden storms are short; he tires betimes that spurs too fast betimes; with eager feeding doth choke the feeder; light vanity, insatiate cormorant, consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
Perfectionism means that you try desperately not to leave so much mess to clean up. But clutter and mess show us that life is being lived. Clutter is wonderfully fertile ground - you can still discover new treasures under all those piles, clean things up, edit things out, fix things, get a grip. Tidiness suggests that something is as good as it's going to get. Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation, while writing needs to breathe and move.
The best consolation in misfortune or affliction of any kind will be the thought of other people who are in a still worse plight than yourself; and this is a form of consolation open to every one. But what an awful fate this means for mankind as a whole! We are like lambs in a field, disporting themselves under the eye of the butcher, who chooses out first one and then another for his prey.
Clutter and mess show us that life is being lived...Tidiness makes me think of held breath, of suspended animation... Perfectionism is a mean, frozen form of idealism, while messes are the artist's true friend. What people somehow forgot to mention when we were children was that we need to make messes in order to find out who we are and why we are here.
Their constant yelping about a free press means, with a few honorable exceptions, freedom to peddle scandal, crime, sex, sensationalism, hate, innuendo and the political and financial uses of propaganda. A newspaper is a business out to make money through advertising revenue. That is predicated on the circulation and you know what circulation depends on.
What's the purpose of nato? Well actually we have an official answer. It isn't publicized much, but a couple of years ago, the secretary-general of nato made a formal statement explaining the purpose of nato in the post-cold war world is to control global energy systems, pipelines, and sea lanes. That means it's a global system and of course he didn't say it, it's an intervention force under us command, as we've seen in case after case. So that's nato.
Manevery manis an end in himself, not a means to the ends of others; he must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself; he must work for his rational self-interest, with the achievement of his own happiness as the highest moral purpose of his life.
[prudence] is the virtue of that part of the intellect [the calculative] to which it belongs; and . . . Our choice of actions will not be right without prudence any more than without moral virtue, since, while moral virtue enables us to achieve the end, prudence makes us adopt the right means to the end.
There is a narrow class of uses of language where you intend to communicate. Communication refers to an effort to get people to understand what one means. And that, certainly, is one use of language and a social use of it. But i don't think it is the only social use of language. Nor are social uses the only uses of language.
It is too early to feel fear of the future when one is under 30, and too late after that. What i mean is that one must never allow fear to become one's permanent sense of life. The important thing is to prepare yourself intellectually to deal with whatever circumstances you may encounter, which requires that you define your values fully, clearly and rationally -- and never betray them.
I think today we've gone so far technologically and also just emotionally and psychologically, i mean there's a lot of crime out there and there's a lot of stuff going on. People don't care that they're going to go to prison. They couldn't give a rat about the repercussions. They go out and they do what they do and they don't care about hurting anyone else.
Right at the beginning of all of this [ukraine to join nato], serious senior statesmen, people like [george] kennan for example and others warned that the expansion of nato to the east is going to cause a disaster. I mean, it's like having the warsaw pact on the mexican border. It's inconceivable. And others, senior people warned about this, but policymakers didn't care. Just go ahead.