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Throne pedestal from Lisht, Sesostris I 1970 B.C.-1936 B.C., anscient Egyptian pharao of the 12th dynasty, Middle Kingdom, as explained by Jan Assman, Professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg in 'The Mind of Egypt' (ca. 1950 B.C.)

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Mankind are influenced by various causes, by the climate, by the religion, by the laws, by the maxims of government, by precedents, morals, and customs; whence is formed a general spirit of nations.


Horus (civilization) and Seth (force) are unified by law.

Pharao Neferhotep I, 13th Dynasty (ca. 1700 B.C.)

Julien Offray de La Mettrie 1709-1751, French physician and philosopher, the earliest of the materialist writers of the Enlightenment. He has been claimed as a founder of cognitive science. In 'Discours sur le bonheur' (1779)


Ovid 43 B.C.-18 A.D., Roman Poet

The major reason for setting a goal is for what it makes of you to accomplish it. What it makes of you will always be the far greater value than what you get.

II Corinthians 4.1:18 (60-100 A.D.)

Out of 5.8 billion people in the world, the majority of them are certainly not believers in Buddhism. We can't argue with them, tell them they should be believers. No! Impossible! And, realistically speaking, if the majority of humanity remain nonbelievers, it doesn't matter. No problem! The problem is that the majority have lost, or ignore, the deeper human values - compassion, a sense of responsibility. That is our big concern.

Give just weight and full measure.

Václav Havel 1936-, writer, fighter for human rights and President of Czechoslovakia and later on the Czech Republic in Summer Meditations, on Politics, Morality and Civility in a Time of Transition (1991)

Koran, Surah Cattle, 6:149 (612-632 A.D.)

Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly.

Koran, Surah Women, 4:173 (612-632 A.D.)

The most important, and indeed the truly unique, contribution of management in the 20th century was the fifty-fold increase in the productivity of the manual worker in manufacturing. The most important contribution management needs to make in the 21st century is similarly to increase the productivity of knowledge work and the knowledge worker.

Hsi-Tang Chih Tsang 735 – 814 A.D., renowned Zen master

Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.