i. “The educated don’t get that way by memorizing facts; they get that way by respecting them.” (Tom Heehler)

ii. “The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.” (Marcus Aurelius)

iii. “There is no man so fortunate that there shall not be by him when he is dying some who are pleased with what is going to happen.” (-ll-)

iv. “Most of what we say and do is not necessary, and its omission would save both time and trouble. At every step, therefore, a man should ask himself, ‘Is this one of the things that are superfluous?’.” (Marcus Aurelius, as quoted in Bill Gillham’s book Case Study Research Methods, page 97)).

v. “statistics only lie to those who don’t understand them.” (Bill Gillham, Case Study Research Methods, page 80).

vi. “Few know the joys that spring from a disinterested curiosity. It is like a cheerful spirit that leads us through worlds filled with what is true and fair, which we admire and love because it is true and fair.” (John Lancaster Spalding)

vii. “The teacher does best, not when he explains, but when he impels his pupils to seek themselves the explanation.” (-ll-)

viii. “As our power over others increases, we become less free; for to retain it, we must make ourselves its servants.” (-ll-)

ix. “They who truly know have had to unlearn hardly less than they have had to learn.” (-ll-)

x. “They who no longer believe in principles still proclaim them, to conceal, both from themselves and others, the selfishness of the motives by which they are dominated.” (-ll-)

xi. “When we have not the strength or the courage to grasp a new truth, we persuade ourselves that it is not a truth at all.” (-ll-)

xii. “We neglect the opportunities which are always present, and imagine that if those that are rare were offered, we should put them to good use. Thus we waste life waiting for what if it came we should be unprepared for.” (-ll-)

xiii. “The inclination to seek the truth is safer than the presumption which regards unknown things as known.” (Augustine of Hippo)

xiv. “It is no advantage to be near the light if the eyes are closed.” (-ll-)

xv. “The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don’t know what to do.” (John Holt)

xvi. “The most important thing any teacher has to learn […] can be expressed in seven words: Learning is not the product of teaching. Learning is the product of the activity of learners.” (-ll-)

xvii. “It is not just power, but impotence, that corrupts people. It gives them the mind and soul of slaves. It makes them indifferent, lazy, cynical, irresponsible, and, above all, stupid.” (-ll-)

xviii. “No man ever became extremely wicked all at once.” (Juvenal)

xix. “those who live in the West or in middle-class urban enclaves in the Non-west […] have to make a determined effort to grasp the grimness of past reality for most of humankind. In non-privileged, non-modern societies, most people in times past were malnourished, inadequately clothed against the elements, unwashed and filthy, living with insect parasites in overcrowded hovels. […] In these circumstances, “ill-health” […] very often simply meant that one was too incapacitated to carry on working in the fields or in the shop. It did not mean that one woke up feeling slightly off-color […] in the world we have lost, feeling somewhat off-color (or worse) was the standard condition.” (Disease and Medicine in World History, by Sheldon Watts, pp. 9-10).

xx. “In pre-modern China […] the task of establishing standard medical-related interpretations and texts was undertaken largely by philosophers and other scholars intent on building up grand systems which explained everything in the universe. Given that purpose, they did not attempt to build systems based on knowledge of the organs in an actual human body. […] At least until the mid-eighteenth century CE, well-known medico-philosophers [in China] wove the concept of “demon” as disease-cause-to-be-cleansed-away-by-exorcism into textual interpretations of what actually caused disease and what should be done about it.” (ibid., pp. 70, 72).


January 7, 2016 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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