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Wisdom and Ignorance

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tiny.ag/hutuz2wq  ·   Fair (42 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

Ellen Parr, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/pdln3czv  ·   Fair (129 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think.

Dorothy Parker, (when asked to use the word "horticulture" in a sentence), in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/8egicznw  ·   Fair (374 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You have to be an intellectual to believe such nonsense. No ordinary man could be such a fool.

George Orwell, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/b1luxoq2  ·   Fair (297 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

Wilson Mizner, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/qol2sxws  ·   Fair (53 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein -- it rejects it.

Peter Medawar, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/kqr3auag  ·   Fair (145 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

Henry Louis Mencken, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/0elygtgv  ·   Fair (157 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Space (paperback)

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.

James Michener, Space, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/xz5aiowd  ·   Fair (290 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh (hardcover)

I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.

A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/uxa3t4kn  ·   Fair (784 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Reality is something you rise above.

Liza Minnelli, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/daezmd7g  ·   Fair (277 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.

Wilson Mizner, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/dwmxy2kw  ·   Fair (291 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is civil defense against media fallout.

Marshall McLuhan, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/3zbbml0p  ·   Fair (60 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Andy McIntyre, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/fkuqm4vt  ·   Fair (88 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.

W. Somerset Maugham, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/jwespnab  ·   Fair (36 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No affectation of peculiarity can conceal a commonplace mind.

W. Somerset Maugham, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/7gpwjccm  ·   Fair (236 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. And inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.

Groucho Marx, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/l2qkzwis  ·   Fair (71 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.

Robert J. Oppenheimer, (on Albert Einstein), in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/pwxgqowu  ·   Fair (493 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.

Anaïs Nin, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/mfx0o8sc  ·   Fair (528 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.

Anaïs Nin, in Happiness and Misery and Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/h2rdoaxw  ·   Fair (289 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

Friedrich Nietzsche, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/8gzg3rxx  ·   Fair (32 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision?

Marilyn Monroe, in Wisdom and Ignorance