i. “The surest way to be deceived is to think oneself more clever than others.” (Rochefoucauld)

ii. “It is more trouble to make a maxim than it is to do right.” (Mark Twain)

iii. “Between us, we cover all knowledge; he knows all that can be known, and I know the rest.” (-ll-)

iv. “Customs do not concern themselves with right or wrong or reason. But they have to be obeyed; one reasons all around them until he is tired, but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.” (-ll-)

v. “Every one is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody.” (-ll-)

vi. “Often, the surest way to convey misinformation is to tell the strict truth.” (-ll-)

vii. “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar.” (-ll-)

viii. “It is not worth while to try to keep history from repeating itself, for man’s character will always make the preventing of the repetitions impossible.” (-ll-)

ix. “Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.” (-ll-)

x. “Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” (-ll-)

xi. “Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact.” (H. L. Mencken)

xii. “It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.” (-ll-)

xiii. “It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.” (-ll-)

xiv. “…enlightenment, among mankind, is very narrowly dispersed. It is common to assume that human progress affects everyone-that even the dullest man, in these bright days, knows more than any man of, say, the Eighteenth Century, and is, far more civilized. This assumption is quite erroneous.” (-ll-)

xv. “…there are more viruses in the world than all other forms of life added together.” (Dorothy H. Crawford, Viruses: A Very Short Introduction).

xvi. “People don’t think about you nearly as much as you think about people thinking about you.” (‘Abstrusegoose‘)

xvii. “Most people are not intellectuals — a fact that intellectuals have terrible trouble coming to terms with.” (John Derbyshire)

xviii. “Few of the great tragedies of history were created by the village idiot, and many by the village genius.” (Thomas Sowell)

xix. “If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.” (Hal Abelson)

xx. “If I have seen further than others, it is because I am surrounded by dwarfs.” (Murray Gell-Mann. RIP.)


May 25, 2019 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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