Quote: Ihara Saikaku

Ihara Saikaku

Men take their misfortunes to heart, and keep them there. A gambler does not talk about his losses; the frequenter of brothels, who finds his favourite engaged by another, pretends to be just as well off without her; the professional street brawler is quiet about the fights he lost; and a merchant who speculates on good will conceal the losses he suffer. All act as one who steps on dog dung in the dark.

– “What the Seasons Brought to the Almanac Maker” (1686), via Dogs and Demons – Tales from the Dark Side of Japan.

Quote: Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell:

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Firstly, is it true? 😉
Secondly, why?

Quote: William J. H. Boetcker

William J. H. Boetcker

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

Quote: Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran, an artist, poet and writer:

The creator gives no heed to the critic unless he becomes a barren inventor. – Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran

Oh, can that work as the line for apologetics or not?

Quote: Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson: physicist and mathematician

If we had a reliable way to label our toys good and bad, it would be easy to regulate technology wisely. But we can rarely see far enough ahead to know which road leads to damnation. Whoever concerns himself with big technology, either to push it forward or to stop it, is gambling in human lives. – Disturbing the Universe, 1979.

More on Freeman Dyson

Quote: Arthur Stanley Eddington

Arthur Stanley Eddington:

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we CAN imagine.

More quote.

Quote: Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Some quotes from Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel:

What experience and history teach is this — that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.


Life has a value only when it has something valuable as its object. -source: Lectures on the Philosophy of History (1832)

More on Hegel.

Quote: Karl Popper

Karl Popper:

No matter how many instances of white swans we may have observed, this does not justify the conclusion that all swans are white. – The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1959)

More on Karl Popper.

Quote: Mark Twain

Mark Twain

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.  – The Adventure of Tom Sawyer, Ch 22


Quote: Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing

More Edmund Burke at Wikiquote.

Quote: Rabindranath Tagore

Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them.

Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it.

Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength.

Let me not crave in anxious fear to be saved but hope for the patience to win my freedom.

Grant me that I may not be a coward, feeling your mercy in my success alone; But let me find the grasp of your hand in my failure.

Rabindranath Tagore


Thoughts on these two quotes:

 “Everybody has won, and all must have prizes” – Alice in Wonderland


“To each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” – Karl Marx,
Critique of the Gotha Program.

Minimum Wage and Automation/Technology

This line of statement strike me when reading this letter on minimum wage  in Malaysiakini:

“Higher wages for workers would force employer to make more capital investment, since higher capital would result in higher productivity per worker. Workers will be equipped with machinery, instead of doing manual jobs. For example in the West, a street-sweeper uses a truck equipped with sweepers which can sweep every street in a city the size of Klang in three hours flat. ”

Hmmm, higher wages will result in machinization, and if machines can do the job more efficiently and thus reduce the dependency on manual labour, it would mean that less people will be required to do the job and thus more people will be unemployed? The way I understand is that: if 1 machine can do 10 persons job, with the new machine in place, the boss only need 1 man to operate the machine and fire the other 9? 

Make sense or not ar?

Quote: Milton Friedman


4 ways to spend money:

 “There are four ways in which you can spend money. You can spend your own money on yourself. When you do that, why then you really watch out what you’re doing, and you try to get the most for your money.

Then you can spend your own money on somebody else. For example, I buy a birthday present for someone. Well, then I’m not so careful about the content of the present, but I’m very careful about the cost.

Then, I can spend somebody else’s money on myself. And if I spend somebody else’s money on myself, then I’m sure going to have a good lunch!

Finally, I can spend somebody else’s money on somebody else. And if I spend somebody else’s money on somebody else, I’m not concerned about how much it is, and I’m not concerned about what I get.

And that’s government. And that’s close to 40% of our national income.”

source: Milton Friedman, “Free to Choose, a Personal Statement”