(I’ve decided not to write any more posts about If Ignorance Is Bliss…, but I’ll probably incorporate a quote or two from the book in posts like this one in the future for some time to come.)

i. “Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.” Horace Mann

ii. “A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.” Arthur Bloch

iii. “All marriages are happy. It’s living together afterwards that is difficult.” Unknown source.

iv. “Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be.” Peter De Vries

v. “Life is what happens to you, while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon

vi. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” James Arthur Baldwin

vi. “Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.” Bernard Berenson

vii. “I must be getting absent-minded. Whenever I complain that things aren’t what they used to be, I always forget to include myself.” George Burns

viii. “Silence is not always tact, and it is tact that is golden, not silence.” Samuel Butler

ix. “In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.” Charles Edwin Carruthers

x. “To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.” John Churton Collins

xi. “People don’t resent having nothing nearly as much as too little.” Ivy Compton-Burnett

xii. “Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.” E. Joseph Cossman

xiii. “My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.” Benjamin Disraeli

xiv. “An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

xv. “It’s almost impossible to overestimate the unimportance of most things.” John Logue

xvi. “Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that, when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.” Aldous Huxley

I recently stumbled upon The Wordsworth Book of Humorous Quotations, the first 76 pages or so of which you can read at googlebooks here.

Update: Here’s a link to Lesswrong’s latest post with rationality quotes.


November 4, 2011 - Posted by | Books, Quotes/aphorisms

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