Gurten Knowledge

The rundown below speaks to the citations or quotations that I especially love and most mirror my qualities and convictions and shape them, however, some don’t and are incorporated as a result of their provocative thought moving nature.  I trust you discover them provocative and motivational as well.

  Children do not need to be made to learn to be better, told what to do or shown how.

If they are given access to enough of the world, they will see clearly enough what things are truly important to themselves and to others, and they will make for themselves a better path into that world than anyone else could make for them.

John Holt
(1923 – 1985) American Educator
How Children Fail

  The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

Sir William Bragg 
Arthur Koestler and J. R. Smithies, Beyond Reductionism (1958) 

  A human being is part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’; a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.

This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection for a few persons nearest us.

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.

Albert Einstein
(1879 – 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate
Quantum Reality, Beyond the New Physics 

  Inventing the future requires giving up control. No one with a compelling purpose and a great vision knows how it will be achieved. One has to be willing to follow an unknown path, allowing the road to take you where it will. Surprise, serendipity, uncertainty and the unexpected are guaranteed on the way to the future.

George Land 
Breakpoint & Beyond 

  A manager is responsible for the application and performance of knowledge.

Peter F. Drucker
(b. 1909) American Management Consultant
Post Capitalist Society

  If we continually try to force a child to do what he is afraid to do, he will become more timid, and will use his brains and energy, not to explore the unknown, but to find ways to avoid the pressures we put on him.

John Holt
(1923 – 1985) American Educator
How Children Learn

  What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.

Sigmund Freud
(1865 – 1939) Austrian Psychologist

  Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual.

Homa Bahrami

  Loneliness is not cured by human company. Loneliness is cured by contact with reality.

Anthony de Mello
(1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest

  The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

Herbert Spencer
(1820 – 1903) British Philosopher

  I think “knowledge management” is a bullshit issue.

Let me tell you why. I can give you perfect information, I can give you perfect knowledge and it won’t change your behavior one iota.

People choose not to change their behavior because the culture and the imperatives of the organization make it too difficult to act upon the knowledge.

Knowledge is not the power. Power is power. The ability to act on knowledge is power.

Most people in most organizations do not have the ability to act on the knowledge they possess.

End of story.

Michael Schrage
Knowledge Inc. Interview 

  The ability to perceive or think differently is more important than the knowledge gained.

David Bohm
(1917 – 1992) American Physicist & Philosopher

  Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.

Anthony de Mello
(1931 – 1987) Jesuit Priest

  The purpose of science is not to analyse or describe but to make useful models of the world. A model is useful if it allows us to get use out of it.

Edward De Bono
(b. 1933) Psychologist & Author
I am Right you are Wrong

  Argument is meant to reveal the truth, not to create it.

Edward De Bono
(b. 1933) Psychologist & Author
I am Right you are Wrong

  I have to tell it again and again:

I have no doctrine. I only point out something.

I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen.

I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window.

I push open the window and point outside.

I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue.

Martin Buber
(1878 – 1965) Jewish Religious Philosopher
Reply to My Critics, p. 693 

  Beliefs: Those things we hold to be true despite evidence to the contrary.

Joseph O’Connor 
The Art of Systems Thinking

  No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.

Albert Einstein
(1879 – 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate

  Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson 
A Return to Love 

  Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.

Kahlil Gibran
(1883 – 1931) Lebanese-American Poet Philosopher & Artist
The Prophet


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