Monday, January 13, 2014

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing (24)

“When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us!”
~Dale Carnegie

“In the time of your life, live – so that in that wondrous time you shall not add to the misery and sorrow of the world, but shall smile to the infinite variety and mystery of it.”
~William Saroyan

“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’ ”
~Isaac Asimov*

“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool.”
~Richard Feynman

“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”
~Ludwig Wittgenstein (pictured)

“Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.”

The Takeaway: Keep an open mind.

See disclaimer.

*Because Asimov was not a native speaker of English, we should overlook the comical mixed metaphor of the nurtured thread that is also a strain and a cult. And thanks to Paul G. Henning for pointing out this bold quotation.

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