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Biography - Noam Chomsky:

American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian, political activist and social critic.
Born: 1928
Period:
21st century
20th century
Place of birth: United States
United States

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.




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Translation

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French
Dès que se pose le problème de la volonté, de la décision, des raisons ou du choix de l'action, la science humaine n'est d'aucun secours.

German
Sobald Fragen über den Willen oder Entscheidungen oder Verstand oder Handlungsalternativen zu klären sind, ist die menschliche Wissenschaft verloren.




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All human acts involve more chance than decision.




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Pessimism comes from the temperament, optimism from the will.
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A great part of progress consists in the desire to make progress.
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Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners.
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We have more strength than will; and it is often merely for an excuse we say things are impossible.
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Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
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The will of man is his happiness.
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Quotes for: decision


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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.
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The greatness of man lies in his decision to be stronger than his condition.
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
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All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
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How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.
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Certainly thinking is pleasant, but the pleasure of thinking must be subordinated to the art of making decisions.
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Quotes for: action


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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.
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Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.
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The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
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I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
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Forgiveness is the key to action and freedom.
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Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.
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Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.
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Don't get involved in partial problems, but always take flight to where there is a free view over the whole single great problem, even if this view is still not a clear one.
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Each problem that I solved became a rule, which served afterwards to solve other problems.
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There are two problems for our species' survival - nuclear war and environmental catastrophe - and we're hurtling towards them. Knowingly.
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Citizens of the democratic societies should undertake a course of intellectual self defense to protect themselves from manipulation and control.
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If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
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The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.
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Real education is about getting people involved in thinking for themselves.
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Propaganda is to democracy what the bludgeon is to a totalitarian state.
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The only justification for repressive institutions is material and cultural deficit. But such institutions, at certain stages of history, perpetuate and produce such a deficit, and even threaten human survival.
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