(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.
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