i. “Light burdens, long borne, grow heavy.” (George Herbert)

ii. “That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.” (Carlyle)

iii. “Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.” (Heinlein)

iv. “Age is not an accomplishment, and youth is not a sin.” (-ll-)

v. “Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” (-ll-)

vi. “A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.” (-ll-)

vii. “Expertise in one field does not carry over into other fields. But experts often think so. The narrower their field of knowledge the more likely they are to think so.” (-ll-)

viii. “Human beings hardly ever learn from the experience of others. They learn; when they do, which isn’t often, on their own, the hard way.” (-ll-)

ix. “The truth of a proposition has nothing to do with its credibility. And vice versa.” (-ll-)

x. “Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.” (Mark Twain)

xi. “It is the business of science to offer rational explanations for all the events in the real world, and any scientist who calls on God to explain something is falling down on his job. […] If the explanation is not forthcoming at once, the scientist must suspend judgment: but if he is worth his salt he will always maintain that a rational explanation will eventually be found. This is the one piece of dogmatism that a scientist can allow himself—and without it science would be in danger of giving way to superstition every time that a problem defied solution for a few years.” (William Bonnor)

xii. “In general those who nothing have to say
Contrive to spend the longest time in doing it.” (James Russell Lowell)

xiii. “Tyrants seldom want pretexts.” (Edmund Burke)

xiv. “Custom reconciles us to every thing.” (-ll-)

xv. “All government — indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act — is founded on compromise and barter.” (-ll-)

xvi. “Few rich men own their property. The property owns them.” (Robert Ingersoll)

xvii. “In nature, there are neither rewards nor punishments — there are consequences.” (-ll-)

xviii. “For the most part we inherit our opinions. We are the heirs of habits and mental customs. Our beliefs, like the fashion of our garments, depend on where we were born. We are molded and fashioned by our surroundings. ” (-ll-)

xix. “Most men are followers, and implicitly rely upon the judgment of others. They mistake solemnity for wisdom, and regard a grave countenance as the title page and Preface to a most learned volume. So they are easily imposed upon by forms, strange garments, and solemn ceremonies. And when the teaching of parents, the customs of neighbors, and the general tongue approve and justify a belief or creed, no matter how absurd, it is hard even for the strongest to hold the citadel of his soul.” (-ll-)

xx. “I would not wish to live in a world where I could not express my honest opinions. Men who deny to others the right of speech are not fit to live with honest men.” (-ll-)

July 10, 2013 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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