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Wisdom and Ignorance

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Comment#  ·   Fair (94 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Style is an easy way of saying complicated things.

Jean Cocteau, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1030 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by David B. Cole, Jr.

Reality is subordinate to perception.

David B. Cole, Jr., in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (97 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

You are only as wise as others perceive you to be.

M. Shawn Cole, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (132 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Theodore Roosevelt, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (96 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.

Jean Jacques Rousseau, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (35 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No one wants a good education, but everyone wants a good degree.

Lee Rudolph, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (112 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

Bertrand Russell, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (128 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.

Bertrand Russell, in 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

Comment#  ·   Fair (108 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

E. F. Schumacher, in Science and Religion and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (50 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.

Delmore Schwartz, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (352 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He is winding the watch of his wit; by and by it will strike.

William Shakespeare, in Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (238 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.

George Bernard Shaw, 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 (262 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Cicero, in Wisdom and Ignorance

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