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Comment#  ·   Fair (843 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A pseudo-intellectual is a person who knows what "pseudo" means.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (154 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A single fact can spoil a good argument.

Unknown, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (877 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by LEStephey

A small journey begins with one step and ends with another.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (96 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1040 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Glenn Troester

Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (100 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (113 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Experience is often what you get when you were expecting something else.

Unknown, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (126 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Unknown, (Chinese proverb), in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (121 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

Mark Twain, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (142 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.

Mark Twain, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (76 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.

Mark Van Doren, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (76 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.

Edgard Varese, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (178 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A witty saying proves nothing.

Voltaire, in Success and Failure and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (349 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.

Voltaire, in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (112 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (377 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.

Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Calvin and Hobbes (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (124 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

H. G. Wells, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (116 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Half a man's life is devoted to what he calls improvements, yet the original had some quality which is lost in the process.

E. B. White, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (461 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is an admirable thing, but nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.

Oscar Wilde, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (458 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I am not young enough to know everything.

Oscar Wilde, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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