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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 (95 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.

Dale Carnegie, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (164 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

"Begin at the beginning," the King said gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (hardcover)

Comment#  ·   Fair (94 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

"Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."

Lewis Carroll, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (547 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.

Gilbert K. Chesterton, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (651 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

An aphorism is not an aphorism unless you know what it means.

Winston Churchill, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (263 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.

Winston Churchill, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (259 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

Winston Churchill, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (563 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know, I think I don't know.

R. D. Laing, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (633 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Erwin van Moll

My advanced age has taught me the resignation of being Borges.

Jorge Luis Borges, "El informe de Brodie", in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1073 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Erwin van Moll

There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.

Jorge Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote", in Art and Literature and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (945 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.

Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1056 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

In order to keep an open mind, I am trying to avoid learning anything.

Ashleigh Brilliant, Brilliant Thoughts (copyright info: www.ashleighbrilliant.com), in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1000 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by Barry Cantor

Today's children are required to learn what most people in former times were forbidden to know.

Ashleigh Brilliant, Brilliant Thoughts (copyright info: www.ashleighbrilliant.com), in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (39 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.

Henry Peter Brougham, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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