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It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
As somebody who's been writing about this subject for getting on twenty years now, it's astonishing how the climate has changed in the last five years.
John Maynard Keynes
British economist 1883-19460
Capitalism is the astonishing belief that the nastiest motives of the nastiest men somehow or other work for the best results in the best of all possible worlds.
British artist 1786-18460
Genius is nothing more than our common faculties refined to a greater intensity. There are no astonishing ways of doing astonishing things. All astonishing things are done by ordinary materials.Source: Benjamin Robert Haydon: Correspondence and Table-talk, Volume 2 (Chatto and Windus, 1876), p. 311
I want the reader to feel something is astonishing. Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens. These long short story fictions do that best, for me.
American writer 1924-19870
It is astonishing that in a country so devoted to the individual, so many people should be afraid to speak.
Thomas Alva Edison
American inventor and founder of General Electric 1847-19310
It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work.
American writer 1810-18500
It is astonishing what force, purity, and wisdom it requires for a human being to keep clear of falsehoods.
It seems astonishing to be paid for indulging in pure pleasure. For me to go to Coburg is rather as if a trainspotter was sent for a few weeks to Swindon or a chocoholic asked on holiday by Green and Black.
Henry Brooks Adams
American historian 1838-19180
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
The mouth, so far as I could see it under the heavy moustache, was fixed and rather cruel-looking, with peculiarly sharp white teeth; these protruded over the lips, whose remarkable ruddiness showed astonishing vitality in a man of his years.Source: Dracula (1897)
The thing I have come to find astonishing is that people from all political sides routinely say that the Internet has to be the model of free speech and freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
French diplomat, political scientist, and historian 1805-18590
Two things in America are astonishing: the changeableness of most human behavior and the strange stability of certain principles. Men are constantly on the move, but the spirit of humanity seems almost unmoved.
American psychologist 1902-19870
When I have been listened to and when I have been heard, I am able to re-perceive my world in a new way and to go on. It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when someone listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard. I have deeply appreciated the times that I have experienced this sensitive, empathic, concentrated listening.
English writer and poet 1803-18730
When the world has got hold of a lie, it is astonishing how hard it is to kill it. You beat it over the head, till it seems to have given up the ghost, and behold! the next day it is as healthy as ever.