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Remembering Lermontov
Views: 599 | 10-08-2015 | Wisdom of the Great

Remembering Lermontov Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (1814-1841) – a Russian poet, romantic writer, playwright and painter. A genius you cannot imagine Russian literature without. Though he lived a very short life, not only he created great masterpieces, but openly declared his civic stance.

Today we want to remember one of his winged phrases so we could stop, take thought and learn how to be grateful just for a moment.

‘A man often complains about his life, which, he says, it is not as good and successful as other people may have. And when he looks at other people who are more happy and successful he envies them and cries: ‘Why do I have such a hard life!?’. But this understanding is not correct, because everyone has a life he needs for his soul benefit. Not the worst things happen to a man as he sometimes thinks but the best of what could happen. Therefore, first of all, a man should look around and see how happy he is, how many blessings God gave him. The ability to thank God for all you have and what is more important do not blindly thank him, but truly realize that you actually live a blessed life, which is a base of man's spiritual life. After all, if a man does not appreciate all the good things he has and even asks for more, why would God give him more if a man has not yet come into the inheritance he already has and which was already given?’.

M.Y. Lermontov

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Thomas Alva Edison- The Light in My Window
Views: 625 | 30-04-2015 | Wisdom of the Great

Thomas Alva Edison- The Light in My Window There was no more inventive person than Thomas Edison(1847-1931) in the American history. In general he is the author of more than 1000 patented inventions in the USA and about 3000 inventions in other countries. But before achieving such eminent result Thomas, according to his own sincere statements, has carried out tens of thousands unsuccessful experiments. During his life Edison improved telegraph, telephone, invented microphone, and phonograph; and what the most important Thomas illuminated America and then the whole world by his light bulb.

From the tender age he was very independent. When there appeared the necessity in money he carried on trade, he sold candies, newspapers, fruits. Then he managed the group of boys, who sold and shared their income with him.

In 1878 Thomas Edison started commercial introduction of light bulb, which brought him the great publicity. Light bulb was not his invention (here the priority belonged to Alexander Nikolayevich Lodygin and Pavel Nikolayevich Yablochkov), he became the creator of such type of lamp and such electrical distribution system, which can jointly work in economic run. Edison’s lighting system could compete with gaslight of those days. For the expansion of practical application of electricity it was equally important than the invention of a lamp. In 1873 Edison, after thousand of experiments, invented a lamp with carbon filament, which burned 40 hours. He constructed direct-current generators, power transmission lines, electric networks and then three-wire system.

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George Bernard Shaw Quotes
Views: 694 | 23-02-2015 | Wisdom of the Great

George Bernard Shaw Quotes George Bernard Shaw was the only person who was awarded both the Nobel prize and Oscar. He is the most renowned and distinguished critic of his days and dramaturge who wrote in the English language after Shakespeare.

His subtle quotations show the profound world view:
1. My way of joking is to tell the truth
2. Self-sacrifice enables us to sacrifice other people without blushing.

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Sage alphabet of Helvétius
Views: 814 | 29-10-2014 | Wisdom of the Great

Sage alphabet of Helvétius Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715-1771) was a French writer and philosopher, one of the ideologues of the age of Enlightenment. The main its task Helvétius saw to convince legislators that genius, virtue and talents are the result of education, which depends on the laws and forms of Government.

A courage reaps only those laurels, which grow in the midst of the disaster.

A person who is not familiar with the horsemanship, does not set about directing how to break the horses. But in the morality we are less distrustful. Here we always consider ourselves to be knowledgeable and able to give advice to all people.

All shallow people aspire constantly to blemish the people a thorough and broad mind.

But there is no mind without ideas.

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19 Precepts for Parents and Tutors by Maria Montessori
Views: 621 | 02-07-2014 | Wisdom of the Great

19 Precepts for Parents and Tutors by Maria Montessori It is considered that only four teachers of the XX century made the educational revolution. They are: John Dewey, an American, Georg Kerschensteiner, a German, Maria Montessori, an Italian, and Anton Makarenko, a soviet pedagogue.

Maria Montessori represented the short precepts-reminders for parents and tutors. The precepts are simple, but if you ponder the sense of each of the precepts – it is the multivolume wisdom in a few words. We advise to read over this list just for once a year and then the relations with children can pass on the new qualitative level and a child will grow a more developed and harmonious person.

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