i. “Temperate, sincere, and intelligent inquiry and discussion are only to be dreaded by the advocates of error. The truth need not fear them…” (Benjamin Rush)

ii. “No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.” (Henry Adams)

iii. “What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn.” (-ll-)

iv. “No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.” (-ll-)

v. “It is a testament to our naïveté about culture that we think that we can change it by simply declaring new values. Such declarations usually produce only cynicism.” (Peter Senge)

vi. “We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.” (Bergen Evans)

vii. “No person’s gain in wisdom is diminished by anyone else’s gain.” (Charles Reich)

viii. “Old age is like learning a new profession. And not one of your own choosing.” (Jacques Barzun)

ix. “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.” (Haim Ginott)

x. “All things are to be examined and called into question. There are no limits set to thought.” (Edith Hamilton)

xi. “It has always seemed strange to me that in our endless discussions about education so little stress is laid on the pleasure of becoming an educated person, the enormous interest it adds to life. To be able to be caught up into the world of thought — that is to be educated.” (-ll-)

xii. “Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.” (David Starr Jordan)

xiii. “The whole thing that makes a mathematician’s life worthwhile is that he gets the grudging admiration of three or four colleagues.” (Donald Knuth)

xiv. “It is less than honest to give one’s own religion the benefit of every possible doubt while imposing unsympathetic readings on other religions. Yet this is what practically all religious people do.” (Walter Kaufmann)

xv. “All of us have so much more time than we use well. How many hours in a life are spent in a way of which one might be proud, looking back?” (-ll-)

xvi. “Man is to be held only by the slightest chains; with the idea that he can break them at pleasure, he submits to them in sport.” (Maria Edgeworth)

xvii. “Surely it is much more generous to forgive and remember, than to forgive and forget.” (-ll-)

xviii. “If error is corrected whenever it is recognized as such, the path of error is the path of truth.” (Hans Reichenbach)

xix. “The facts are indispensable; they are not sufficient. To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.” (Robert Hutchins)

xx. “The art of teaching consists in large part of interesting people in things that ought to interest them, but do not.” (-ll-)


November 30, 2014 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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