Monday, June 4, 2012

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing (12)

“ ‘Education’ is a word that covers a lot of very different things, from vital, life-saving medical skills to frivolous courses to absolutely counterproductive courses that fill people with a sense of grievance and entitlement, without giving them either the skills to earn a living or a realistic understanding of the world required for a citizen in a free society.”
~Thomas Sowell (pictured)

“Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.”

“[At the New York Post,] We had Murray Kempton [on staff,] who wrote like an 18th century restoration dramatist. We had Nora Ephron, who was a brilliant writer when she was a kid, walking into the city room. We had William F. Buckley in the paper. These were not people who thought the audience was stupid. They thought the audience was smart and they wrote up to the audience instead of down. I think that's the kind of paper that's rapidly fading.”
~Pete Hamill

The Takeaway: Keep an open mind. Have a great day.

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Thanks to Paul G. Henning for the Pete Hamill quotation.

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