Lars Toomre

Some Personal Thoughts and Trivia


Great Aim of Education Is Action

Blonde Canadian model Claire Rae in wearing white college and blue jean shorts

The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.

English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era (1820 - 1903)

To Talk Without Thinking

To talk without thinking is to shoot without aiming.

Thought for Today: The Power of Purity

The Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge at twilight in Germany

A powerful, yet often misunderstood, aim of spiritual study is purity. Purity of the soul means to return to its original divine qualities. The soul has become so polluted with less than divine qualities, it can hardly enjoy being alive. Purifying the soul puts the higher self back in charge — useless and negative thoughts are removed and annoying habits finish. A pure soul cannot be touched by sorrow; indeed the power of purity is such, it serves to remove the sorrow of the whole world. Purity restores happiness — even bliss. All you need to do, in order to re-establish your purity, is want it. But you need to want it intensely, to the exclusion of everything else. The one thought, "I must become completely pure" sparks a fire of love between you and God. This fire melts away all the pollution, and your purity becomes such a power that it frees you from all battles for ever.

Aim Above Morality

Brunette Czech beauty Nikol Svantnerova in white dress was Miss Universe Czech Republic 2015

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

American author, poet, philospher and historian (1817 - 1862)

Grand Aim of All Science

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The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

Winner of Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921 (1879 - 1955)

Thought for Today: Creativity

Gates of the Valley in Yosemite National Park, California

Creativity develops when you have the attitude of learning and you have the aim of self-improvement.

Thought for Today: Aim

Wind, when It blows in one direction, generates energy like in this photo!

When water flows in one direction, it generates energy. The wind, when it blows in one direction, also generates energy. Sun rays, when focused, generate energy. In the same way, when we have an aim and objective, our actions become directed, focused. A current of consistent actions flowing in the direction of one's aim becomes increasingly powerful at each second. The intellectual capital invested in that will generate the dividends of increased happiness.

Thought for Today: Subtle Aspects of Anger

Giant wooden clip graces Chaudfontaine Park in Belgium by Mehmet Ali Uysal

How can we free ourselves from subtle aspects of anger? Keep the aim of making your each and every day — your every moment — victorious. Think: this day, these hours and minutes, will not come again. We can’t lose another second on this; our immediate attention is needed! If we are still thinking about something we don’t need to be thinking about, it means we are still wasting time and energy.

Aim Of Life Is Appreciation

Blonde Jillian Grace in green sweater was Playmate of the Month for March 2005

But there is a way of despising the dandelion which is not that of the dreary pessimist, but of the more offensive optimist. It can be done in various ways; one of which is saying, "You can get much better dandelions at Selfridge's," or "You can get much cheaper dandelions at Woolworth's." Another way is to observe with a casual drawl, "Of course nobody but Gamboli in Vienna really understands dandelions," or saying that nobody would put up with the old-fashioned dandelion since the super-dandelion has been grown in the Frankfurt Palm Garden; or merely sneering at the stinginess of providing dandelions, when all the best hostesses give you an orchid for your buttonhole and a bouquet of rare exotics to take away with you. These are all methods of undervaluing the thing by comparison; for it is not familiarity but comparison that breeds contempt.

It Is Not Enough To Aim

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It is not enough to aim; you must hit.

Thought for Today: Becoming Great

Blue sky above Teklanika river, Alaska

The elevated aim of doing more and speaking less will make you great.

Useful Work, Honestly Conducted

Brunette teacher Carlie Christine lost her job over Playboy photos

Do not make riches, but usefulness, your first aim; and let your chief pride be that your daily occupation is in the line of progress and development; that your work, in whatever capacity it may be, is useful work, honestly conducted, and as such ennobling to your life.

The richest man in America in the early 1900s

Aim To Exploit To Be Trusted To Educate Us

Blonde beauty Lisa Matthews was Playboy's Playmate of the Month for April 1990

Can we truly expect those who aim to exploit us to be trusted to educate us?

Author of 2003 web article The Common Man

Happiness Is The Whole Aim of Human Existence

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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.

Greek philosopher and polymath, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great (384 - 322 BC)

Aim At The Sun

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Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

Congregational minister in Hartford, Connecticut known for his published sermons and other writings (1789 - 1867)

Happiness Is The Purpose Of Life

Blonde Italian actress and model Elena Santarelli

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence

Greek philosopher and polymath, student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great (384 - 322 BC)

Laugh At Yourself But Never Doubt

Masted sailing ship embarking in front of setting sun

Laugh at yourself, but don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don't leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.

American actor of M*A*S*H fame (born 1936)

Aim of Life Is To Live

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The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

American novelist and painter (1891 - 1980)