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Quotations: Constructivism & Postmodernism

Thinking Cannot but Energy Can


Constructivism & Postmodernism

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson


Many Names for Constructivism

  • There are more than a few names for the fantasy known as constructivism.

Here are a few: constructivism, idealism, magic, mind over matter, postmodernism, shamanism, the law of abundant return, the law of affinity, the law of attraction in the thought world, the law of harmonious vibration, the power of positive thinking, the secret, voodoo, witchcraft.


Quotations from Various Sources

Anecdote about Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln once asked an audience how many legs a dog has if you count the tail as a leg. When the audience answered “five,” Lincoln told them that the answer was still four. Why? Because the fact that you called a tail a leg did not change the fact that the tail was still a tail and not a leg.


Organized Alphabetically

“A book gives knowledge, but it is life that gives understanding.” —Jewish proverb

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” —Henrik Ibsen

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” —Plato, Phaedo

“A thing is a thing, not what is said of that thing.” —from the movie, Birdman

“A work prospers through endeavors, not through vows.” —Hitopadesha

“Action expresses priorities.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“All that glitters is not gold.” —Aphorism

“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.” —Edgar Allan Poe

“An experience is worth a thousand pictures.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

“And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” —James 2:16

“And thus among distinctions made, there are distinctions that cannot be made; among things expounded, there are things that cannot be expounded.” —Chung Tzu

“Appearances are deceptive.” —Aphorism

“As was his language so was his life.” —Seneca

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” —John F. Kennedy

“But this is only a form of the subjectivistic madness which is characteristic of most modern philosophy.” —Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy

“But this knowledge has lost compassion and grown disgusted with itself. It has forgotten about silence and emptiness.” —Rumi

“By plucking her petals, you do not gather the beauty of the flower.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” —Norman Vincent Peale

“Common sense is not so common.” —Voltaire

“Constructivists are pretend alchemists.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Descriptions of food never satisfy the starving.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Descriptions of food never satisfy your hunger.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Do not mistake the signpost for the destination.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Do not say, ‘It is morning,” and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.” —Rabindranath Tagore

“Don’t just talk the talk–walk the walk.” —Aphorism

“Empiricism has two forms: internal and external. There are also two forms of fool: those that have faith only in internal empiricism (mystic) or those that have faith only in external empiricism (atheist).” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Every man take the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every way of classifying a thing is but a way of handling it for some particular purpose.” —William James

“Everything is made of water.” —Thales of Miletus

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Eyesight is a better witness than hearing.” —Heraclitus

“Facts can’t feel.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t figure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Facts can’t fix.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.” —Epictetus

“Go live in the deep sea since you think the sea is only waiting for you to think that the sea is a human habitat thus making it so.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Good instincts tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.” —Michael Burke

“He who has more learning than goodness is like a tree with many branches and few roots, which the first wind throws down; whilst he whose works are greater than his knowledge is like a tree with many roots and fewer branches, which all the winds of heaven cannot uproot.” —The Roots of Wisdom: Ethics of the Fathers

“He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.” —Lao Tzu

“How can it be known that what I call knowing is not really not knowing and what I call not knowing is not really knowing?” —Chung Tzu

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side–I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“If the Martians ever find out how human beings think, they’ll kill themselves laughing.” —Albert Ellis

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” —Tony Robbins

“In Dewey, as in current science and ethics, there is a pervasive quasi-Hegelian tendency to dissolve the individual into his social functions, as well as everything substantial and actual into something relative and transitional.” —George Santayana

“In the contexts of religion and politics, words are not regarded as standing, rather inadequately, for things and events; on the contrary things and events are regarded as particular illustrations of words.” —Aldous Huxley

“In the pursuit of learning, every day something is acquired. In the pursuit of Tao, every day something is dropped.” —Lao Tzu

“It is not titles that honour men, but men that honour titles.” —Niccolò Machiavelli

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.” —Eleanor Roosevelt

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” —Henry David Thoreau

“Knowledge does not do.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not get it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge does not know.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge has no intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge is not it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Knowledge speaks, wisdom listens.” —Jimi Hendrix

“Language does not touch the one who lives in us.” —Rumi

“Laughter is the realization that verbal reality failed again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Metaphors mentioning the moon have no effect on the moon.” —Rumi

“Negative thinking is the highest form of intelligence.” —Jiddu Krishnamurti, 1895-1986: Indian philosopher, Commentaries on Living, Second Series, p. 71

“No human thing is of serious importance.” —Plato

“No one desires, wants, and wishes as purely or as strongly as a little child for that special Christmas present, but the so-called law of attraction typically fails to hear them.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” —Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900

“Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.” —Woody Allen, Manhattan

“Now Tao by its very nature can never be defined.” —Chung Tzu

“One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than a hundred teaching it.” —Knute Rockne

“Only words and conventions can isolate us from the entirely undefinable something which is everything.” —Alan Watts

“Paralysis by analysis.” —Aphorism

“Parts exist only for purposes of figuring and describing, and as we figure the world out we become confused if we do not remember this all the time.” —Alan Watts

“Postmodernism is a social construct. A social construct claiming that another idea is invalid because it is a social construct demonstrates a complete lack of awareness and accountability.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Quit thinking and start doing.” —Aphorism

“Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.”―Werner Heisenberg

“Some blundering with what I set before you, try in vain with empty talk to separate the essences of things and say how each thing truly is.” —Hearaclitus, Fragments

“Speech by its very nature cannot express the absolute.” —Chung Tzu

“Stay skeptical of your skepticism. Question questioning. Test testing. Doubt doubt.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Stop talking about it and do something.” —Aphorism

“Stop talking and start doing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Talk is cheap.” —Aphorism

“Talking about it doesn’t get it done.” —Aphorism

“Talking about it is not the same as doing it.” —Aphorism

“The battle plan is not the battle.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

“The correct way of living is not found simply by discussing the theory of it. Even without study you can experience it, but you have to live it.” —Dhammapada: A Proper Life, verse 259

“The expressed is not the experienced.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.” —Zen saying

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616

“The foolish reject what they see; the wise reject what they think.” —Taoist saying

“The mind’s job is to validate what it thinks.” —Byron Katie

“The moment a man questions the meaning and value of life, he is sick, since objectively neither has any existence; by asking this question one is merely admitting to a store of unsatisfied libido to which something else must have happened, a kind of fermentation leading to sadness and depression.” —Sigmund Freud

“The pieces of a chariot are not a chariot” — Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (39), translated by VJ Henry

“The proof is in the pudding, not the recipe.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten. Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words? He is the one I would like to talk to.” —Chuang Tzu

“The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do” —B. F. Skinner

“The reality we can put into words is never reality itself.”―Werner Heisenberg

“The recipe is not the cooking.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The river you see today is gone tomorrow; despite this, you look tomorrow and see it again.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The smallest act of service is worth more than the grandest intention.” —Oscar Wilde

“The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.” —Paul Johnson

“The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world sees us.” —Arlene Raven

“Therefore that knowledge which stops at what it does not know, is the highest knowledge.” —Chung Tzu

“They said they would but it was just words.” —common expression

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” —Francis Bacon

“Things are not what they seem.” “Things are never what they look like.” “Things are not as they appear.” “Things are never what they first appear to be.” —Aphorism stated in many forms and styles

“Things never turn out the way you think they will.” —Aphorism

“Think you can, think you can’t; either way, you’ll be right.” —Henry Ford

“Thinking can’t.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Thinking does nothing but think. The only action of thinking is thinking. The only result from thinking is thinking. With thinking: What you hear is what you get. No human thought need be feared for no human thought can do anything but make noise.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice, Daily Dose of Discernment, 03-09-2011

“Though tightly the net of words forms, how surely truth slips out.” —Lao Tzu

“Thus the negative perception is the triumph of consciousness.” —Alfred North Whitehead, 1861-1947: British mathematician and philosopher

“To be truly happy and contented you must let go of the idea of what it means to be happy or contented.” —Confucius

“Trust your gut.” —Barbara Walters

“Unless these words fill with nourishment from the unknown, they will stay empty.” —Rumi

“Wanting something does not equate with getting it.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“We are sort of a mirror, and mirror only inside us, in our nervous system, what is going on outside of our nervous system.” —Alfred Korzybski

“We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” ―Werner Heisenberg

“We know hardly anything adequately, few things a priori, and most things through experience.” ―Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“We need silence to be able to touch souls.” —Mother Teresa

“We shall soon be in a world in which a man may be howled down for saying that two and two make four, in which people will persecute the heresy of calling a triangle a three-sided figure, and hang a man for maddening a mob with the news that grass is green.” —G. K. Chesterton

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” —Seneca

“Well done is better than well said.” —Benjamin Franklin

“What we cannot speak of, we must pass over in silence.” —Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.” —John Ruskin

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson (paraphrased)

“What you know, you know, what you don’t know, you don’t know. This is true wisdom.” —Confucius

“Whatever-I-know is not God and whatever-I-conceive is not God.” —Nikolas von Kues

“When constructivists can think rocks into gold then we should consider their theories and methods.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When the intellects contemplate God’s essence, their apprehension turns into incapacity.” —Maimonides

“When you ask for help building your house, do you want words or deeds?” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“When you get to your wits end, you will find, God lives there.” —Author Unknown

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” —Isaiah 5:20

“You can call a cat a bird, but that won’t enable the cat to fly like a bird. You can call a giraffe a fish, but that won’t enable the giraffe to swim like a fish. You can call a crow a horse, but that won’t enable the crow to gallop like a horse. You can call a cat a fish, but that won’t enable the cat to breathe in water like a fish. You can call an elephant a cat, but that won’t enable the elephant to climb trees like a cat.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice, Daily Dose of Discernment, 04-26-2016

“You can jump from the Empire State Building and imagine a soft landing, but you will be dead just the same.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You can play on the highway and redefine it as a playground, but you will just get run over.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You can reframe or rename New York City as a desert, but it will not then become a desert.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You can’t judge a book by its cover.” —Proverb

“You observed whatever you are speaking about and so changed it by observing it; therefore, whatever you are speaking about is not what you say it is, but only it changed by your observation. Neither will it be what I observe it to be after you, because it will be changed by my observation of it too. Thinking such as this is based upon Postmodernism and is the cause of the death of legitimate science and observation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Your body does not eliminate poisons by knowing their names. To try to control fear or depression or boredom by calling them names is to resort to superstition of trust in curses and invocations.” —Alan Watts

“Your focus becomes your experience.” —William James


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