Origin Quotes

What a man believes upon grossly insufficient evidence is an index into his desires -- desires of which he himself is often unconscious. If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.

Bertrand Russell

MYTHOLOGY, n. The body of a primitive people's beliefs concerning its origin, early history, heroes, deities and so forth, as distinguished from the true accounts which it invents later.

Ambrose Bierce

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?

Henry David Thoreau

It takes solitude under the stars, for us to be reminded of our eternal origin and our far destiny.

Archibald Rutledge

O Krishna, I have heard from You in detail about the origin and dissolution of beings, and Your imperishable glory.

Bhagavad Gita

"The real source of almost all our crimes, if the trouble is taken to trace them to a common origin, will be found to be in idleness."

Walter Gaston Shotwell

Loyalty cannot be blueprinted. It cannot be produced on an assembly line. In fact, it cannot be manufactured at all, for its origin is the human heart-the center of self-respect and human dignity. It is a force which leaps into being only when conditions are exactly right for it-and it is a force very sensitive to betrayal.

Maurice Franks

Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility

William Wordsworth

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison.

Simone Weil

I was often humiliated to see men disputing for a piece of bread, just as animals might have done. My feelings on this subject have very much altered since I have been personally exposed to the tortures of hunger. I have discovered, in fact, that a man, whatever may have been his origin, his education, and his habits, is governed, under certain circumstances, much more by his stomach than by his intelligence and his heart.

Franois Jean Dominique Arago

Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Durante degli Alighieri

How good something is should never be determined by its cost, designer, origin, or its perceived value by others.

Ashly Lorenzana

Food should come from the place of its origin, and stay there. It shouldnt spend its time crisscrossing the globe for the sake of profit. We went down that path once, and it brought us to ruin.

Paolo Bacigalupi

Europe is divided by the walls of 30 languages. Fortunately, among these national languages, around 10,000 words of Greek and Latin origin are common. This precious linguistic treasure ought to be used maximally without mutilating one single word or inventing others.


Culture is then properly described not as having its origin in curiosity, but as having its origin in the love of perfection; it is a study of perfection.

Matthew Arnold

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