- Unlike great thinkers and great artists, the most effective political leaders must often yield to public opinion and abandon principle for the sake of compromise.
- The best way to understand the character of a society is to examine the character of the men and women that the society chooses as its heroes or its heroines.
- We learn through direct experience; to accept a theory without experiencing it is to learn nothing at all.
- As societies all over the world have more and more access to new information, the effects on life-long learning can only be positive.
- People are too quick to take action; instead they should stop to think of the possible consequences of what they might do.
- Rituals and ceremonies help define a culture. Without them, societies or groups of people have a diminished sense of who they are.
- The way people look, dress, and act reveals their attitudes and interests.
You can tell much about a society's ideas and values by observing the appearance and behavior of its people....
- Progress is best made through discussion among people who have contrasting points of view.
- Most people choose a career on the basis of such pragmatic considerations as the needs of the economy, the relative ease of finding a job, and the salary they can expect to make.
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- Any decision-whether made by government, by a corporation, or by an individual person-must take into account future conditions more than present conditions.