Thursday, February 27, 2014

Quotations on thinking, speaking and writing (25)

“For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.”
~Ecclesiastes 1:18

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts.”
~Richard Feynman [This quotation is an exquisite example of concision.]

“Only incompetent people love the team, and they love it because it makes it harder to discover their incompetence.”
~Gavin McInnes

“I can’t read ten pages of Steinbeck without throwing up.”
~James Gould Cozzens (pictured)

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” [He knew his grammar: “on his” not “on him.”]
~Upton Sinclair

“A serene wisdom founded on truth is, the Ancients all agreed, the only true source of happiness, which is not to be confused with the merriment of fools.”
~John Derbyshire

“No young person on earth is so excellent in all respects as to need no uncritical love. Good Lord – as youngsters play their parts in political tragedies with casts of billions, uncritical love is the only real treasure they can look for.”
~Kurt Vonnegut, in Mother Night

“I hate almost all rich people, but I think I’d be darling at it.”
~Dorothy Parker [Her intentionally vague antecedent makes the line even funnier.]

The Takeaway: Keep an open mind.

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