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The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate. ---->>>

It is no use speaking in soft, gentle tones if everyone else is shouting. ---->>>

Every man, when he comes to be sensible of his natural rights, and to feel his own importance, will consider himself as fully equal to any other person whatever. ---->>>

We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in color and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types. ---->>>

Like its politicians and its war, society has the teenagers it deserves. ---->>>

Will is nothing more than a particular case of the general doctrine of association of ideas, and therefore a perfectly mechanical thing. ---->>>

What I have known with respect to myself, has tended much to lessen both my admiration, and my contempt, of others. ---->>>

Could we have entered into the mind of Sir Isaac Newton, and have traced all the steps by which he produced his great works, we might see nothing very extraordinary in the process. ---->>>

As we read the school reports on our children, we realize a sense of relief that can rise to delight that thank Heaven nobody is reporting in this fashion on us. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: March 13, 1733
Birthplace:
Die: February 6, 1804
Occupation: Scientist
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Joseph Priestley FRS (; 24 March [O.S. 13 March] 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an 18th-century English theologian, English Dissenters clergyman, natural philosopher, chemist, innovative grammarian, multi-subject educator, and Liberal political theorist who published over 150 works. He is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen, having isolated it in its gaseous state, although Carl Wilhelm Scheele and Antoine Lavoisier also have a claim to the discovery (wikipedia)