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  • Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

    Speaker: Voltaire
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 02 Jun 2019 at 7:10 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else by some distinction sets aside and rejects, in order that by this great and pernicious predetermination the authority of its former conclusions may remain inviolate.
    ...And such is the way of all superstition, whether in astrology, dreams, omens, divine judgments, or the like; wherein men, having a delight in such vanities, mark the events where they are fulfilled, but where they fail, though this happen much oftener, neglect and pass them by. But with far more subtlety does this mischief insinuate itself into philosophy and the sciences; in which the first conclusion colors and brings into conformity with itself all that come after, though far sounder and better. Besides, independently of that delight and vanity which I have described, it is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human intellect to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives; whereas it ought properly to hold itself indifferently disposed toward both alike. Indeed, in the establishment of any true axiom, the negative instance is the more forcible of the two.

    Speaker: Francis Bacon
    Source: Novum Organum
    Rating:
    2 (2 votes)
    Posted: 11 Dec 2014 at 1:16 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Such imaginary constructs are of course what scientists refer to as “models,” and there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with them. Actually I think a fair case can be made that we cannot think without them. The problem with such models — at least, it always seems to happen when we model something called “the market” — is that, once created, we have a tendency to treat them as objective realities, or even fall down before them and start worshiping them as gods. “We must obey the dictates of the market!”

    Speaker: David Graeber
    Source: Debt: The First 5,000 Years
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:29 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.

    Speaker: Lao Tze
    Source: The Tao of Pooh
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 11:04 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.

    Speaker: John von Neumann
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 10:59 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • Seven deadly sins: politics without principle; wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science with humanity; and worship without sacrifice.

    Speaker: E. Stanley Jones
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 10 Nov 2014 at 10:52 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • You will know that you are free when you no longer have to be you.

    Speaker: Don Miguel Ruiz
    Source: the Tree of Knowledge
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 21 May 2014 at 4:01 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • There are too many lies in my head to accept something as simple as the truth.

    Speaker: Don Miguel Ruiz
    Source: the Voice of Knowledge
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 21 May 2014 at 3:59 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; atahymasgeor, Puck
  • Being right too soon is socially unacceptable.

    Speaker: Robert Heinlein
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 09 Feb 2014 at 5:55 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • You will find wise men in any religion. And good men in every nation.
    Those who truly seek wisdom are those who will acknowledge the virtue in their adversaries and who will learn from those who disabuse them of error. All others are equally closed-minded.

    Source: the Way of Kings
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 19 Jan 2014 at 12:04 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • To learn which questions are unanswerable, and not to answer them: this skill is most needful in times of stress and darkness.

    Speaker: Ursula K Le Guin
    Source: the Left Hand of Darkness
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 21 Sep 2013 at 6:37 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • “What happened was, I got the idea in my head – and I could not get it out – that college was one more dopey, inane place in the world dedicated to piling up treasure on earth and everything. I mean treasure is treasure, for heaven’s sake. What’s the difference if treasure is money, or property, or even culture, or even just plain knowledge? It all seemed like exactly the same thing to me, if you take off the wrapping – and it still does! Sometimes I think that knowledge – when it’s knowledge for knowledge’s sake, anyway – is the worst of all. The least excusable, certainly.” Franny

    Speaker: J.D. Salinger
    Source: Franny and Zooey
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 22 Aug 2010 at 6:05 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • He who knows others is learned;
    He who knows himself is wise

    Speaker: Lao Tzu
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 20 Mar 2010 at 5:01 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; winswmlik, Puck
  • Every question possesses a power that does not lie in the answer.
    “Man raises himself toward God by the questions he asks Him,” he was fond of repeating. “That is the true dialogue. Man questions God and God answers. But we don’t understand his answers. We can’t understand them. Because they come from the depths of the soul, and they stay there until death. You will find the true answers, Eliezer, only within yourself!”

    Speaker: Night
    Source: Elie Wiesel
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 12 Dec 2009 at 7:25 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Tags: god, knowledge, truth
  • Why do we pursue information that we know will never leave our heads? I was inviting a permanent, violent guest into my home. He would defecate on my bed. He would shred my clothes, light fires on the walls. I could see him walking up the driveway and I stood at the door, knowing that I’d be a fool to bring him inside. But I still opened the door.

    Speaker: Dave Eggers
    Source: How We Are Hungry
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 26 Nov 2009 at 8:56 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; drmccadexavie, Puck
  • “But I will say no more about it. Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish. And yet it also pleases me and seems right that what is of value and wisdom to one man seems nonsense to another.”

    Speaker: Hermann Hesse
    Source: Siddhartha
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 01 Nov 2009 at 6:28 PM
    Posted By: Puck
  • “Let me warn you, you who are thirsty for knowledge, against the thicket of opinions and the conflict of words. Opinions mean nothing. they may be beautiful or ugly, clever or foolish, anyone can embrace or reject them.”

    Speaker: Hermann Hesse
    Source: Siddhartha
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 01 Nov 2009 at 6:15 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 3 members; winswmlik, sdressfancy, Puck
  • Americans have become conditioned to believe the world is a gray place without absolutes; this is because we’re simultaneously cowardly and arrogant. We don’t know the answers, so we assume they must not exist. But they do exist. They are unclear and/or unfathomable, but they’re out there.

    Speaker: Chuck Klosterman
    Source: Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 17 Sep 2009 at 5:16 PM
    Posted By: Puck
    Shared By: 2 members; sdressfancy, Puck
  • I think [Science is] the way of arriving at truth about the universe because, taken at its most general sense, science is disciplined inquiry. It’s an inquiry that formulates its questions carefully, and which tests them – and it does so in a way that is public and repeatable – which submits itself to review by other people (i.e. – challenge), and which is very open-minded; it’s prepared to accept that it may not arrive at answers but, if it does arrive at answers, those answers might generate new questions. But it’s prepared to put up with those. There’s something very special about the scientific mindset, which is that it is prepared to live with open-endedness.

    Speaker: A.C. Grayling
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 07 Aug 2009 at 7:04 AM
    Posted By: Puck
  • If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.

    Speaker: Rachel Carson
    Rating:
    1 (1 vote)
    Posted: 28 Jul 2009 at 11:21 PM
    Posted By: DailyActivist
    Shared By: 4 members; winswmlik, oursojeri, sdressfancy, DailyActivist