N quotations.


If I had my life to live over...I'd dare to make more mistakes next time.

Nadine Stair


Diversity raises the intelligence of groups.

Nancy Kline.


Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand

Native American proverbs.


If we focus exclusively on teaching our children to read, write, spell, and count in their first years of life, we turn our homes into extensions of school and turn bringing up a child into an exercise in curriculum development. We should be parents first and teachers of academic skills second.

-Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).

Neil Kurshan. American rabbi.


"The scientific method," Thomas Henry Huxley once wrote, "is nothing but the normal working of the human mind." That is to say, when the mind is working; that is to say further, when it is engaged in correcting its mistakes. Taking this point of view, we may conclude that science is not physics, biology, or chemistry--is not even a "subject"--but a moral imperative drawn from a larger narrative whose purpose is to give perspective, balance, and humility to learning.

-The End of Education, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1995, p 68.

Neil Postman.


We should seek by all means in our power to avoid war, by analysing possible causes, by trying to remove them, by discussion in a spirit of collaboration and good will. I cannot believe that such a programme would be rejected by the people of this country, even if it does mean the establishment of personal contact with the dictators.

-Speech, October 6, 1938, to the House of Commons. Delivered one week after Chamberlain's return from the Munich Conference.

Neville Chamberlain (1869/1940). British Conservative politician, prime minister.


No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.

-The Prince.1521.

A battle that you win cancels any other bad action of yours. In the same way, by losing one, all the good things worked by you before become vain.

Since the handling of arms is a beautiful spectacle, it is delightful to young men.

Knowing how to fight made men more bold, because no one fears doing what it seems to him he has learned to do. Therefore, the ancients wanted their citizens to be trained in every warlike action.

When they remain in garrison, soldiers are maintained with fear and punishment; when they are then led to war, with hope and reward.

Without doubt, ferocious and disordered men are much weaker than timid and ordered ones. For order chases fear from men and disorder lessens ferocity.

Never lead your soldiers to battle if you have not first confirmed their spirit and known them to be without fear and ordered; and never test them except when you see that they hope to win.

Every little advantage is of great moment when men have to come to blows.

To know in war how to recognize an opportunity and seize it is better than anything else.

In the armies, and among every ten men, there must be one of more life, of more heart, or at least of more authority, who with his spirit, with his words, and with his example keeps the others firm and disposed to fight.

In war, discipline can do more than fury.

Sometimes it has been of great moment while the fight is going on, to disseminate words that pronounce the enemies' captain to be dead, or to have been conquered by another part of the army. Many times this has given victory to him who used it.

It is much better to tempt fortune where it can favor you than to see your certain ruin by not tempting it.

There is nothing as likely to succeed as what the enemy believes you cannot attempt.

The greatest remedy that is used against a plan of the enemy is to do voluntarily what he plans that you do by force.

You must never believe that the enemy does not know how to conduct his own affairs. Indeed, if you want to be deceived less and want to bear less danger, the more the enemy is weak or the less the enemy is cautious, so much more must you esteem him.

The forces of adversaries are more diminished by the loss of those who flee than of those who are killed.

And above all you ought to guard against leading an army to fight which is afraid or which is not confident of victory. For the greatest sign of an impending loss is when one does not believe one can win.

Necessities can be many, but the one that is stronger is that which constrains you to win or to die.

Present wars impoverish the lords that win as much as those that lose.

War makes thieves, and peace hangs them.

-The Seven Books on the Art of War. 1520.

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527).



Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.

Nicholas Murray Butle


It is wrong to think that the task of physics is to find out how Nature is. Physics concerns what we can say about Nature.

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.

Niels Bohr (1885-10-07/1962-11-18). Aka Niels Henrik David Bohr. Danish physicist.


Solve the problem yourself or accept a fate you may not like... from this perspective, the ethic of personal responsibility gains appeal.

Noel M. Tichy.


Personally it has always worried me that I am a 'cheap' peacemaker.... talking, writing, demonstrating about peace is in no way taking risks like young servicemen in Iraq. I look for excuses why I should not become involved.

-Written six months before he joined Christian Peacemaker Teams delegation to Iraq. Kember and three other CPT members were taken hostage in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005-11.

Norman Kember.


New York is one of the capitals of the world and Los Angeles is a constellation of plastic, San Francisco is a lady, Boston has become Urban Renewal, Philadelphia and Baltimore and Washington wink like dull diamonds in the smog of Eastern Megalopolis, and New Orleans is unremarkable past the French Quarter. Detroit is a one-trade town, Pittsburgh has lost its golden triangle, St. Louis has become the golden arch of the corporation, and nights in Kansas City close early. The oil depletion allowance makes Houston and Dallas naught but checkerboards for this sort of game. But Chicago is a great American city. Perhaps it is the last of the great American cities.

-Miami and the Siege of Chicago.

Norman Mailer.



[President John F] Kennedy said that if we had nuclear war we'd kill 300 million people in the first hour. [Secretary of Defense Robert S] McNamara, who is a good businessman and likes to save, says it would be only 200 million.

-Recalled on his death.

Norman Thomas (/1968-12-19).


Heroism consists in hanging on one minute longer.

Norwegian saying


Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.

-The character Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) to Jerry Durrance (Paul Henreid).

Now, Voyager (movie). Directed by Irving Rapper. Screenplay by Casey Robinson. Based upon a novel by Olive Higgins Prouty. 1942.


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