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Comment#  ·   Fair (119 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

Theodor W. Adorno, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (460 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the fool their lack of understanding.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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Comment#  ·   Fair (163 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.

Ambrose Bierce, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (65 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.

Josh Billings, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (108 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

The best time to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust.

Josh Billings, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (37 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I will tell you the truth as soon as I figure it out.

Wayne Birmingham, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

My father must have had some elementary education, for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately.

George Bernard Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (247 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains that I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.

George Bernard Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (25 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Advice is like kissing. It costs nothing and is a pleasant thing to do.

H. W. Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (61 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The world's greatest heroes are the world's greatest fuck-ups.

Stacy Shaw, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (39 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Sometimes a whisper speaks volumes.

Scott Sheddan, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (24 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you hear a wise sentence or an apt phrase, commit it to your memory.

Sir Henry Sidney, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (22 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

Herbert Simon, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (73 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Socrates, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (23 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The less you know, the more you think you know, because you don't know you don't know.

Ray Stevens, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (138 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.

Robert Louis Stevenson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (37 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Bravery and stupidity go hand in hand.

David Summers, in Success and Failure and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (49 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

Publilius Syrus, in Success and Failure and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (26 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.

Sue S. Taylor, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (265 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Henry David Thoreau, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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