i. “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” (Carl Sagan)

ii. “What we perceive today as elegant, natural selection created as simply as gravity creates a river. The water will flow downhill, every other parameter is free.” (John Hawks)

iii. “Time is a great teacher. Unfortunately, it kills all its pupils.” (Hector Berlioz)

iv. “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.” (William James)

v. “The greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.” (Napoléon Bonaparte)

vi. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” (Bertrand Russell)

vii. “If everybody thought before they spoke, the silence would be deafening.” (George Barzan)

viii. “Most people are theists not because they were “reasoned into” believing in God, but because they applied Occam’s razor at too early an age. Their simplest explanation for the reason that their parents, not to mention everyone else in the world, believed in God, was that God actually existed. The same could be said for, say, Australia.” (Mencius Moldbug, quote found here)

ix. “The bore is usually considered a harmless creature, or of that class of irrational bipeds who hurt only themselves.” (Maria Edgeworth, Thoughts on Bores)

x. “If there is any person to whom you feel a dislike, that is the person of whom you ought never to speak.” (Richard Cecil)

xi. “For when any one explains himself guardedly, nothing is more uncivil than to put a new question.” (Jean Paul Richter)

xii. “Old men delight in giving good advice as a consolation for the fact that they can no longer provide bad examples.” (Rochefoucauld)

xiii. “You are in a pitiable condition when you have to conceal what you wish to tell.” (Publilius Syrus)

xiv. “We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.” (-ll-)

xv. “But nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.” (Jonathan Swift)

xvi. “Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest persons uneasy is the best bred in the company.” (-ll-)

xvii. “When people talk listen completely. Don’t be thinking what you’re going to say. Most people never listen.” (Ernest Hemingway)

xviii. “Not everything that is more difficult is more meritorious.” (Thomas Aquinas)

xix. “Everyday words are inherently imprecise. They work well enough in everyday life that you don’t notice. Words seem to work, just as Newtonian physics seems to. But you can always make them break if you push them far enough.” (Paul Graham, via. LW)


January 30, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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