Thursday, October 19, 2006

Quotations #086

"The day of small nations has passed away. The day of Empires has come." -- Joseph Chamberlain, 12 May 1904

"We have learned that we cannot live alone, at peace; that our own well-being is dependent on the well-being of other nations, far away. We have learned that we must live as men, and not as ostriches, nor as dogs in the manger. We have learned to be citizens of the world, members of the human community." -- Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fourth Inaugural Address (20 January 1945)

"We hope the world will not narrow into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood." -- Lyndon B. Johnson, 22 December 1963 (national Christmas Tree lighting)

"The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes." -- Stanley Kubrick, 5 June 1963

"It is well to observe the force and virtue and consequence of discoveries, and these are to be seen nowhere more conspicuously than in those three which were unknown to the ancients, and of which the origins, though recent, are obscure and inglorious; namely, printing, gunpowder, and the mariner's needle [the compass]. For these three have changed the whole face and state of things throughout the world." -- Francis Bacon, Novum Organum (1620)

2 comments:

mochi_tsuki said...

I've always liked Francis Bacon's tribute to Chinese technological prowess and European ignorance. Pretty much says it all.

Ahistoricality said...

Yeah, though he does call their origins "inglorious"....

I'm trying to remember now where I read it, but there was an interesting article I read once.... about how those inventions were just as revolutionary in China as in the
West, but that their impact was more distributed and hidden by circumstance.