„Where we go depends on what we know, and what we know depends on where we go.“

Source: The Surgeon

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Chinese-American novelist 1953

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„If we don’t know where we’re going, we’ll probably get there; if where we are going is how we get there, we are already where we are going.“

—  Robert Fripp English guitarist, composer and record producer 1946

Guitar Craft Monograph III: Aphorisms, Oct. 27 1988

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„Today we live in the midst of upheaval and crisis. We do not know where we are going, nor even where we ought to be going.“

—  Abraham Pais American Physicist 1918 - 2000

Address given in Copenhagen "Physics in Denmark: The First Four Hundred Years" (6 March 1996) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/articles/pais/index.html?print=1
Context: Today we live in the midst of upheaval and crisis. We do not know where we are going, nor even where we ought to be going. Awareness is spreading that our future cannot be a straight extension of the past or the present … The century now approaching its end has been one of indiscriminate violence, it has been perhaps the most murderous one in Western history of which we have record. Yet I would think that what will strike people most when, hundreds of years from now, they will look back on our days is that this was the age when the exploration of space began, the microchip was invented, revolutions in transport and communication virtually annihilated time and distance, transforming the world into a "global village," and relativity theory, quantum mechanics, and the structure of the atom were discovered, in brief that this has been the century of science and technology.

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„We are like sleepwalkers, not knowing what we are doing or where we are heading. Whether we can wake up or not depends on whether we can walk mindfully on our Mother Earth. The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

The statement "The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps." and much of the theme of this essay also occur later in his writings, including The World We Have : A Buddhist Approach to Peace and Ecology (2008), Ch. 1 : The Bells of Mindfulness, p. 3
The Sun My Heart (1996)
Context: All life is impermanent. We are all children of the Earth, and, at some time, she will take us back to herself again. We are continually arising from Mother Earth, being nurtured by her, and then returning to her. Like us, plants are born, live for a period of time, and then return to the Earth. When they decompose, they fertilize our gardens. Living vegetables and decomposing vegetables are part of the same reality. Without one, the other cannot be. After six months, compost becomes fresh vegetables again. Plants and the Earth rely on each other. Whether the Earth is fresh, beautiful, and green, or arid and parched depends on the plants.
It also depends on us. Our way of walking on the Earth has a great influence on animals and plants. We have killed so many animals and plants and destroyed their environments. Many are now extinct. In turn, our environment is now harming us. We are like sleepwalkers, not knowing what we are doing or where we are heading. Whether we can wake up or not depends on whether we can walk mindfully on our Mother Earth. The future of all life, including our own, depends on our mindful steps.

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„The beginning dictates the direction and you never know where you're going to go … the mood is what you're looking for, and somehow we always find it.“

—  David Lynch American filmmaker, television director, visual artist, musician and occasional actor 1946

As quoted in Pretty as a Picture : The Art of David Lynch (1997)

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„What we see depends mainly on what we look for.“

—  John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury British banker, Liberal politician, philanthropist, scientist and polymath 1834 - 1913

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„This is what aesthetics, development and progress depend upon: that we go out on thin ice.“

—  Asger Jorn Danish artist 1914 - 1973

On the task of modern artists (1959), as quoted in Asger Jorn (2002) by Arken Museum of Modern Art, p. 169
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„We constantly use the word "simplify", but its meaning depends on what you are going to do next, and there is no uniform definition.“

—  Richard Hamming American mathematician and information theorist 1915 - 1998

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn (1991)

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„It is not where we have come from but where we are going that counts!“

—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

Source: Think Big (1996), p. 193

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„I know what I want, and where to go.“

—  António de Oliveira Salazar Prime Minister of Portugal 1889 - 1970

Quoted in Salazar: biographical study - page 339; of Franco Nogueira - Published by Atlantis Publishing, 1977

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