i. “The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.” (Schopenhauer)

ii. “In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin. It is a blessing that we do not know what is really going to happen. Could we foresee it, there are times when children might seem like innocent prisoners, condemned, not to death, but to life, and as yet all unconscious of what their sentence means.” (-ll-)

iii. “Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” (-ll-)

iv. “To free a man from error is to give, not to take away. Knowledge that a thing is false is a truth. Error always does harm; sooner or later it will bring mischief to the man who harbors it.” (-ll-. Actually the wording of the quote is a bit too strong for my taste – I don’t think error always does harm, sometimes accurate beliefs are the maladaptive ones.)

v. “A remarkable, glorious achievement is just what a long series of unremarkable, unglorious tasks looks like from far away.” (unknown source)

vi. “The future will soon be a thing of the past.” (George Carlin – the quote reminded me of the wonderful Calvin and Hobbes quote which I believe I’ve posted before: “The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present”…)

vii. “Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” (Isaac Asimov)

viii. “There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.” (-ll-)

ix. “There are many aspects of the universe that still cannot be explained satisfactorily by science; but ignorance only implies ignorance that may someday be conquered. To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.” (-ll-)

x. “The most hopelessly stupid man is he who is not aware that he is wise.” (-ll-)

xi. “The only safety for the conquered is to expect no safety.” (Virgil)

xii. “Hunger is a bad adviser.” (-ll-)

xiii. “I make it a practice to avoid hating anyone. If someone’s been guilty of despicable actions, especially toward me, I try to forget him. I used to follow a practice—somewhat contrived, I admit—to write the man’s name on a piece of scrap paper, drop it into the lowest drawer of my desk, and say to myself: “That finishes the incident, and so far as I’m concerned, that fellow.” The drawer became over the years a sort of private wastebasket for crumbled-up spite and discarded personalities.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower)

xiv. “An unsanctified temper is a fruitful source of error, and a mighty impediment to truth.” (Elias Lyman Magoon)

xv. “Being human, most scientists conform to the psychological Principle of Certainty, which says that when there is evidence both for and against a belief, the result is not a lessening but a heightening of conviction on both sides.” (Edward Wilson)

xvi. “If we had no faults we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others.” (Rochefoucauld)

xvii. “To establish ourselves in this world we do everything to appear as if we were established.” (-ll-)

xviii. “A man is perhaps ungrateful, but often less chargeable with ingratitude than his benefactor is.” (-ll-)

xix. “It is far easier to be wise for others than to be so for oneself.” (-ll-)

xx. “Few are sufficiently wise to prefer censure which is useful to praise which is treacherous.” (-ll-)


January 7, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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