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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

Comment#  ·   Fair (38 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He who learns and runs away, lives to learn another day.

Edward Lee Thorndike, in Life and Death and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (136 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?

Kelvin Throop, III, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (49 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

James Thurber, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (177 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Truly great madness can not be achieved without significant intelligence.

Henrik Tikkanen, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (22 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.

Alvin Toffler, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (147 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.

Lily Tomlin, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (38 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Clear writers assume, with a pessimism born of experience, that whatever isn't plainly stated the reader will invariably misconstrue.

John R. Trimble, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (88 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

Harry S Truman, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (517 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody has read.

Mark Twain, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (75 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.

George Santiano, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (63 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I'm always fascinated by the way memory diffuses fact.

Diane Sawyer, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (52 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.

Friedrich von Schiller, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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