1. “I am not young enough to know everything” – Oscar Wilde
This is a beautiful and important quote that reflects the wisdom that comes with age.
2. “Now, I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” – Bhagavad-Gita
Originally from Hindu scripture, these words were made famous by J. Robert Oppenheimer as a haunting and disturbing contemplation of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.
3. “Love thy Neighbor” – Mark 12:31, ATTR: Jesus of Nazareth
Arguably not historical, the cultural influence of the great Judeo-Christian sacred texts has left the biggest footprint on Western Society.
4. “There is no I in TEAM.” –Author Unknown
Both metaphorically and grammatically accurate, it is unknown which wise philosopher first uttered these words.
5. “Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils… “ – Plato
Whilst it may be reductive to say such a quote is ‘still relevant today’ – the core values of this text hold a particular pertinence in this digital age. One needs only look at the outlook and policy of certain superpowers to see that the spirit of this quote holds an almost striking significance.
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