Wisdom and Ignorance
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When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.
Education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity.
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.
Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat.
Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.
Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.
In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.
We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.
What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confessor of character.