Quotes with means
To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Once you know what the question actually is, you'll know what the answer means.
A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
To furnish the means of acquiring knowledge is ... the greatest benefit that can be conferred upon mankind. It prolongs life itself and enlarges the sphere of existence.
About establishment of Smithsonian Institution.
Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense.
Quoted from Sidney Madwed, ed, Poor Man's College Quotations Collection
All men seek one goal: success or happiness. The only way to achieve true success is to express yourself completely in service to society. First, have a definite, clear, practical ideal-a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends-wisdom, money, materials and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end.
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
If one were searching for the best means to efface and kill in a whole nation the discipline of self-respect, the feeling for what is elevated, he could do no better than take the American newspapers.
Civilization in the United States (1888)
As a sky-diver, you can feel the air on your right shoulder and you immediately know what to do. Here you don’t feel the air, so you have to wait until the air pushes you around. Then you think, ‘Oh, it pushed me around clockwise — that means I have to do this.'
To perceive means to immobilize. We seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself.
The explosive growth of the Internet has provided a means for gambling operations to evade existing anti-gambling laws. These Internet gambling Websites typically operate offshore and often serve as a prime vehicle for money laundering and other criminal enterprises.
Statement released after Internet Gambling Ban Bill was introduced in U.S. House on February 16, 2006.
Chemistry means the difference between poverty and starvation and abundant life.
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments (1960)
Technology is an inherent democratizer. Because of the evolution of hardware and software, you’re able to scale up almost anything. It means that in our lifetime everyone may have tools of equal power.
Guest lecture, UC Berkeley October 5, 2005
Let us be happy and live within our means, even if we have to borrow money to do it with.
The thorough man of business knows that only by years of patient, unremitting attention to affairs can he earn his reward, which is the result, not of chance, but of well-devised means for the attainment to ends.
When [a politician] is in opposition, he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. In short, when he is impotent he proves to us that the thing is easy; and when he is omnipotent he proves that it is impossible.
Illustrated London News (April 6, 1918)
If love means to possess someone or something, then that is not real love, not pure love. If loves means to give oneself, to become one with everything and everyone, then that is real love. Real love is total oneness with the object loved and with the Possessor of love.
You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
In 1962, I commented that I am by no means sure that I could write 'Jupiter Five' today; it involved twenty or thirty pages of orbital calculations and should by rights be dedicated to Professor G. C. McVittie, my erstwhile tutor in applied mathematics. (I had better hasten to add that he bears no slightest resemblance to the professor in the story.)
I favor the policy of economy, not because I wish to save money, but because I wish to save people. The men and women of this country who toil are the ones who bear the cost of the Government. Every dollar that we carelessly waste means that their life will be so much the more meager. Every dollar that we prudently save means that their life will be so much the more abundant. Economy is idealism in its most practical form.
Inaugural Address (1924).
There is no dignity quite so impressive and no independence quite so important as living within your means.
It turns out that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony -- which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value. I can’t imagine anything worse than that. Okay, maybe I can, but imagine reading the morning newspaper and believing it all to be true on some level.
What the church should be telling the worker is that the first demand religion makes on him is that he should be a good workman. If he is a carpenter he should be a competent carpenter. Church by all means on Sundays-but what is the use of church if at the very center of life a man defrauds his neighbor and insults God by poor craftsmanship.
When someone forgets himself, this by no means makes him altruistic; when a thinking person forgets himself, he immediately also forgets his fellowman, he loses himself and his humanity by becoming engrossed in his subject. Thus he is in a sense more contemplative than a feeling person.
He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.
Living Under Tension (1941)
Political freedom means the absence of coercion of a man by his fellow men. The fundamental threat to freedom is power to coerce, be it in the hands of a monarch, a dictator, an oligarchy, or a momentary majority.
Capitalism and Freedom (1962)
To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
The Revolution of Hope: Toward a Humanized Technology (1968)
Popular congresses are the only means to achieve popular democracy. Any system of government other than popular congresses is undemocratic.
The Green Book (1975)
I have nothing but scorn for the notion of an Islamic bomb. There is no such thing as an Islamic bomb or a Christian bomb. Any such weapon is a means of terrorizing humanity, and we are against the manufacture and acquisition of nuclear weapons. This is in line with our definition of—and opposition to—terrorism.
Interview in Time (June 8, 1981)
Although a soldier by profession, I have never felt any sort of fondness for war, and I have never advocated it, except as a means of peace.
Speech in London.
Every power vested in a government is in its nature sovereign, and includes by force of the term a right to employ all the means requisite ... to the attainment of the ends of such power.
Perhaps myself the first, at some expense of popularity, to unfold the true character of Jefferson, it is too late for me to become his apologist. Nor can I have any disposition to do it. I admit that his politics are tinctured with fanaticism, that he is too much in earnest in his democracy, that he has been a mischievous enemy to the principle measures of our past administration, that he is crafty & persevering in his objects, that he is not scrupulous about the means of success, nor very mindful of truth, and that he is a contemptible hypocrite.
We still by no means think decisively enough about the essence of action.
To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning. It is a very serious task, young man, and possibly a tragic one.
The Glass Bead Game
Two From Galilee means more to me than anything else I have ever written. If I had never written anything else besides this book, I would still feel like I had accomplished something.
Interview with Dallas News
Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.
He who will not apply himself to business, eventually discovers that he means to get his bread by cheating, stealing, or begging, or else is wholly void of reason.
Logistics comprises the means and arrangements which work out the plans of strategy and tactics. Strategy decides where to act; logistics brings the troops to this point.
To achieve sustainable innovation you need to seek persistent disequilibrium. To seek persistent disequilibrium means that one must chase after disruption without succumbing to it, or retreating from it.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
Once war is forced upon us, there is no other alternative than to apply every available means to bring it to a swift end. War's very object is victory, not prolonged indecision.
Address to Congress, April 19, 1951
I have known war as few men now living know it. Its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a means of settling international disputes.
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
Literature should be more revolutionary than revolutions themselves; ... writers must find the means to continue to be critical of the negative elements in the sociopolitical reality.
It’s just like when you’ve got some coffee that’s too black, which means it’s too strong. What do you do? You integrate it with cream, you make it weak. But if you pour too much cream in it, you won’t even know you ever had coffee. It used to be hot, it becomes cool. It used to be strong, it becomes weak. It used to wake you up, now it puts you to sleep.
Message to the Grass Roots speech (November 10, 1963)
Time is money. We should not be stingy or mean with it, but we should not throw away an hour any more than we would throw away a dollar-bill. Waste of time means waste of energy, waste of vitality, waste of character in dissipation. It means the waste of opportunities which will never come back. Beware how you kill time, for all your future lives in it.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
Wanted, a man who is larger than his calling, who considers it a low estimate of his occupation to value it merely as a means of getting a living. Wanted, a man who sees self-development, education and culture, discipline and drill, character and manhood, in his occupation.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
If the 1st Amendment means anything, it means that a state has no business telling a man, sitting alone in his own house, what books he may read or what films he may watch.
We all make mistakes. We know we make mistakes. I don't know any military commander, who is honest, who would say he has not made a mistake. There's a wonderful phrase: 'the fog of war.' What "the fog of war" means is: war is so complex it's beyond the ability of the human mind to comprehend all the variables. Our judgment, our understanding, are not adequate. And we kill people unnecessarily.
The Fog of War
The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.
Tropic of Capricorn (1939)
Art is only a means to life, to the life more abundant. It is not in itself the life more abundant. It merely points the way, something which is overlooked not only by the public, but very often by the artist himself. In becoming an end it defeats itself.
Henry Miller on Writing (1964)
When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal.
Interview with David Frost (May 19, 1977)
Neutrality where the Communists are concerned means three things: we get out; they stay in; they take over.
When you’re screwing up and nobody says anything to you anymore, that means they’ve given up on you.
The Last Lecture
There is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family than the daily recitation of the Rosary.
Laughing at his own son, who got his mother, and by his mother's means his father also, to indulge him, he told him that he had the most power of any one in Greece: "For the Athenians command the rest of Greece, I command the Athenians, your mother commands me, and you command your mother".
Life of Themistocles
He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways which lead to everything; and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means.
The ambitious deceive themselves when they propose an end to their ambition; for that end, when attained, becomes a means.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail of success.
Every man has a right to his own property; which means a right to be assured, to the fullest extent attainable, in the safety of his savings. By no other means can men carry the burdens of those parts of life which, in the nature of things, afford no chance of labor; childhood, sickness, old age. In all thought of property, this right is paramount; all other property rights must yield to it. If, in accord with this principle, we must restrict the operations of the speculator, the manipulator, even the financier, I believe we must accept the restriction as needful, not to hamper individualism but to protect it.
Commonwealth Club Address, San Francisco, CA on September 23, 1932
It is by no means necessary that a great nation should always stand at the heroic level. But no nation has the root of greatness in it unless in time of need it can rise to the heroic mood.
Fear God and Take Your Own Part, 1916
The object of government is the welfare of the people." "Conservation means development as much as it does protection. I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.
"The New Nationalism" speech, Osawatomie, Kansas, August 31, 1910
In our monogamous part of the world, to marry means to halve one's rights and double one's duties.
A professional soldier understands that war means killing people, war means maiming people, war means families left without fathers and mothers. All you have to do is hold your first dying soldier in your arms, and have that terribly futile feeling that his life is flowing out and you can’t do anything about it. Then you understand the horror of war.
Quoted in U.S. News & World Report (1991)
Since the wage is the means ordinarily employed to awaken in workers the three instincts of self-preservation, of social distinction and of hoarding, it is not strange that an industrial age should regard it as the chief means of increasing efficiency.
Increasing Human Efficiency in Business - A contribution to the psychology of business (1911)
Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same.
Some Men are More Perfect Than Others (1973)
By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
"Putting First Things First", Foreign Affairs (January 1960).
The art of living easily as to money, is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.
Notes from Life (1853)
In its effect upon war and peace, electricity offers still much greater and more wonderful possibilities. To stop war by the perfection of engines of destruction alone, might consume centuries and centuries. Other means must be employed to hasten the end.
"The Transmission of Electrical Energy without wires as a means for furthering Peace" in Electrical World and Engineer (January 7, 1905).
My policies are based not on some economics theory, but on things I and millions like me were brought up with: an honest day's work for an honest day's pay; live within your means; put by a nest egg for a rainy day; pay your bills on time; support the police.
The News of the World (September 20, 1981)
In my work, you get used to criticisms. Of course you do, because there are a lot of people trying to get you down, but I always cheer up immensely if one is particularly wounding because I think well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. That is why my father always taught me: never worry about anyone who attacks you personally; it means their arguments carry no weight and they know it.
Interview with Italian television by Enzo Biagi (March 10, 1986)
Oh as I was young and easy in the mercy of his means
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
Time held me green and dying
Though I sang in my chains like the sea.
Fern Hill (1946). Words on his memorial.
Strategy and tactics provide the scheme for the conduct of military operations, logistics the means therefore.
Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.
For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home.
In this topsy-turvy, crazy, illogical world, Man has made laws for himself. He has fenced himself round with them, mainly with the idea of keeping communities together, and gain for the strongest. No woman was consulted in the making of laws. And nine-tenths of the people who are daily obeying--or fighting against--Nature's laws, have no real opinion. Opinion means deduction, after weighing the matter, and deep thought upon it. They simply echo feeling, because for generations forbears have laid something down as an axiom. They do not investigate or weigh for themselves. The axiom of the forbears was, 'It is immoral to follow God's law, unless bound by man's law and a wedding ring.'
quoted in Mark Twain on Three Weeks, Elinor Glyn
I would like to be remembered, well . . . the Mexicans have a phrase, "Feo fuerte y formal". Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.
Time Magazine interview, 1969
It is only for those to employ force who possess strength without judgment; but the well advised will have recourse to other means.
Memorabilia of Socrates
DNR means Do Not Resuscitate. It does not mean Do Not Treat!
House, DNR. By Dr. Gregory House.
Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.