Friday, January 20, 2012

Interesting Quotes

Last year while reading the executive summary of a 60 page report on
“Working Towards Rules For Governing Cyber Conflict” published January 2011 by the EastWest Institute I came across three interesting quotes.

They were made all the more interesting because of the unusual range of the writers. One a Russian expatriate and American citizen, one a famous American writer of the 19th century noted for his cynicism, and the other a famous Russian playwright and writer.

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.” Ayn Rand.

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.” Mark Twain.

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.” Anton Chekhov.

Confession, I was once a great fan of Ayn Rand and read much of Mark Twain, but have read little of Anton Chekov's writing.

I should also mention these quotes, which were interesting in and of themselves, helped keep me interested in a very dry (to me) document.

Finally, Anto Chekhov's quote reminded me of a line from the movie The Grace Card delivered by Louis Gossett Jr about the Christian faith and church, "Sundays are the classroom, Monday through Saturday are the application."

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