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„I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.“

—  John Cage American avant-garde composer 1912 - 1992

Quoted in Richard Kostelanetz (1988) Conversing with Cage
1980s

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„Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Demian

Source: Demian (1919), p. 146
Context: Only the ideas that we actually live are of any value. You knew all along that your sanctioned world was only half the world and you tried to suppress the second half the same way the priests and teachers do. You won't succeed. No one succeeds in this once he has begun to think.

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„The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Context: "If only there were a dogma to believe in. Everything is contradictory, everything tangential; there are no certainties anywhere. Everything can be interpreted one way and then again interpreted in the opposite sense. The whole of history can be explained as development and progress and can also be seen as nothing but decadence and meaninglessness. Isn't there any truth? Is there no real and valid doctrine?"
The Master had never heard him speak so fervently. He walked on in silence for a little, then said, "There is truth, my boy. But the doctrine you desire, absolute, perfect dogma that alone provides wisdom, does not exist. Nor should you long for a perfect doctrine, my friend. Rather, you should long for the perfection of yourself. The deity is within you, not in ideas and books. Truth is lived, not taught. Be prepared for conflicts, Joseph Knecht — I can see they have already begun."

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„I love this idea of human-machine partnerships because in my mind it’s always been very clear. It’s not about humans or machines, it’s about humans and machines.“

—  Michael Dell Businessman, CEO 1965

SDxCentral: "Michael Dell Says Robopocalypse Is Fake News, Future Is Software Defined" https://www.sdxcentral.com/articles/news/michael-dell-says-robopocalypse-is-fake-news-future-is-software-defined/2018/04/ (30 April 2018)

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„A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.“

—  Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946

As quoted in What Type Am I? : Discover Who You Really Are (1998) by Renee Baron, p. 110

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