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Comment#  ·   Fair (563 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.

Robert Burton, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (223 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ignorance is the mother of devotion.

Robert Burton, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (107 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

Samuel Butler, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (357 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

Frank Capra, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (263 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.

Sandra Carey, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (91 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A man lives by believing in something, not by debating and arguing about many things.

Thomas Carlyle, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (280 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (247 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (81 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If, while you are in school, there is a shortage of qualified personnel in a particular field, then by the time you graduate with the necessary qualifications, that field's employment is glutted.

Marguerite Emmons, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (86 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Only the educated are free.

Epictetus, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (109 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.

Epictetus, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (87 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.

Epicurus, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (321 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by David Epstein

Do two wrongs make a right? Yes. The right to be wrong.

David Epstein, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (106 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.

M. C. Escher, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (93 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.

Euripides, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (531 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.

Edward Everett, in War and Peace and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (150 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.

W. C. Fields, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (185 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.

Martin H. Fischer, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (399 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (255 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.

R. I. Fitzhenry, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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