• WordNet 3.6
    • adj enlightened having knowledge and spiritual insight
    • adj enlightened characterized by full comprehension of the problem involved "an educated guess","an enlightened electorate"
    • n enlightened people who have been introduced to the mysteries of some field or activity "it is very familiar to the initiate"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The complete title of the Statue of Liberty is Liberty Enlightening the World
    • enlightened Illuminated; supplied with light; light-giving.
    • enlightened Possessing or manifesting enlightenment; having or showing much knowledge or acquired wisdom; specifically, freed from blinding ignorance, prejudice, superstition, etc.: used to note the highest stage of general human advancement, as in the series savage, barbarous, half-civilized, civilized, and enlightened.
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  • Alan Redpath
    Alan Redpath
    “The condition of an enlightened mind is a surrendered heart.”
  • Vic Braden
    Vic Braden
    “The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
  • Nikos Kazantzakis
    Nikos Kazantzakis
    “The real meaning of enlightenment is to gaze with undimmed eyes on all darkness.”
  • Idries Shah
    Idries Shah
    “Enlightenment must come little by little-otherwise it would overwhelm.”
  • Thomas Merton
    Thomas Merton
    “We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.”


In literature:

Therefore, enlightened by thee, I desire to hear all about them.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
They attain enlightenment after four births or a hundred kalpas, according to their ability.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
What are the sciences they beamed out to enlighten it?
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
In order that nothing should be wanting for their enlightenment, edification and comfort, a distinguished D.D.
"A Review of Uncle Tom's Cabin" by A. Woodward
The thread of the Renaissance was taken up again only in the Enlightenment.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Badge of Judah, mark of the haughty strength of the oldest enlightenment in the world!
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
The world was not yet sufficiently enlightened to comprehend the beauty of a true toleration, entire freedom of conscience and of worship.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
You do not make a man moral by enlightening him; it is nearer the truth to say that you enlighten him when you make him moral.
"Preaching and Paganism" by Albert Parker Fitch
He had become Buddha, that is, enlightened.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
Great tragedies, cruel wars, cataclysms of woe, have acted as enlightening and refining agents.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney

In poetry:

Ah! that I do not know,
But yonder, leaving the Salarian Way,
A Roman soldier hitherward doth stray:
He may enlighten us and tell us all.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Then by none I'd be called fickle
If I sing virtue's beauty in thee
That's enlightened all. But learned,
Water I've sipped little, so daren't try.
"Sonnet VI" by Mikolaj Sep Szarzynski
'Dread evil rolls by like a flood,
Men's bones beneath his surges whiten,
Go where the ages mark in blood
The footsteps that their days enlighten.'
"The Dreamers" by William Wilfred Campbell
Released from her daily employment,
Intent upon solid enjoyment,
Her time she won't idle,
But reads in her Bible,
And books that divinely enlighten.
"The Cottage Maid" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
But whence is that ray which thro' the gloom brightens,
And scatters its radiance the meadows among?
'Tis the torch of the glow-worm that nightly enlightens,
And shines for the elves as they trip it along.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre
"Now this is all my subtlety and this is all my Wit,
"God give thee good enlightenment. My Master in the Pit.
"But behold all Earth is laid
"In the Peace which I have made,
"And behold I wait on thee to trouble it!"
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Mass is usually enlightening, uplifting, rewarding, but this day's Mass left me depressed , withdrawn, withered, humiliated.
I am writing in response to the enlightening articles written on restorative justice on Nov 18.
The way to a queen's heart is through Rousseau in A Royal Affair, in which church and state oppression can't, at least for a time, quell enlightenment urges.
The Second Season of Enlightened Looks Great.
A still from the new trailer for Enlightened (HBO).
Scottish Enlightenment is principal theme.
The Scottish Enlightenment is the principal theme of Jonathan Mills' third program lineup for the annual Edinburgh Intl.
Types of novels come and go, but fiction possesses a perennial power to enlighten as well as to entertain.
SOURCE Ramtha's School of Enlightenment.
Howard voters support status quo — and enlightened change.
Howard County have spoken, their votes revealing a general satisfaction with the way things are, coupled with a willingness to support enlightened , thoughtful change.
To 'Predict' Nate Silver's Future, Look to the More Enlightened Sports World.
If Amy really was enlightened , there'd be no show, but the fact that she's wearing her enlightenment like an ill-fitting coat gives the show both its comedic and plot trajectories.
A prescription that leads to enlightened leadership.
Boulder's Rush-Naturally Enlightened raises capital, plans wholesale expansion.

In science:

SB wishes to thank Hans B ¨o hringer, Stefano Ettori, Gus Evrard, Alexey Finoguenov, Andrey Kravtsov, Pasquale Mazzotta, Silvano Molendi, Giuseppe Murante, Rocco Piffaretti, Trevor Ponman, Elena Rasia, Luca Tornatore, Paolo Tozzi, Alexey Vikhlinin and Mark Voit for a number of enlightening discussions.
Thermodynamical properties of the ICM from hydrodynamical simulations
It turns out that F is satisfiable if and only if F ′ is, and that the number of solutions of these two formulas are related in an enlightening way.
A review of the Statistical Mechanics approach to Random Optimization Problems
We thank Kenji Fukushima, Mei Huang, Andreas Schmitt and in particular, Igor Shovkovy for enlightening discussion.
Enforced neutrality and color-flavor unlocking in the three-flavor Polyakov-loop NJL model
It is enlightening to view various graph kernels as instances of R-convolution kernels since this brings into focus the relevant decomposition used to define a given kernel, and the similarities and differences between various kernels.
Graph Kernels
We thank Markus Hegland and Tim Sears for enlightening discussions, and Alex Smola for pointing out that the optimal assignment kernel may fail to be p.s.d. A short, early version of this work was presented at the NIPS conference (Vishwanathan et al., 2006).
Graph Kernels