There are men who fight one day and
There are men who fight one year and are better.
There are some who fight many years and they are better still.
But there are some that fight their whole lives,
these are the ones that are indespensable.
The pursuit of knowledge for its
own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for
personal independence, these are the features of the Jewish tradition
which make me thank my lucky stars I belong to it.
Witness that old image of wisdom
so often translated, in German engravings, by a long-necked bird
whose thoughts, rising slowly from heart to head, have time to be
weighed and reflected on; a symbol whose values are blunted by being
overemphasized: the long path of reflection becomes in the image
of the alembic of a subtle learning, an instrument which distills
quintessence. The neck of the Gutemensch is endlessly elongated,
the better to illustrate, beyond wisdom, all the real mediations
Michel Foucault (Madness
and Civilization: A history of insanity in the age of reason)
Philosophy is written in this grand
book - I mean universe - which stands continuously open to our gaze,
but which cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend
the language in which it is written. It is written in the language
of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other
geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand
a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a
Progress is impossible without change,
and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw
God grant me the serenity to accept
the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.