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Wisdom and Ignorance

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tiny.ag/yfqykgpj  ·   Fair (460 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the fool their lack of understanding.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/k0emebpg  ·   Fair (75 ratings)  ·  submitted 2011 by peter

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.

Neil Postman, in Wisdom and Ignorance and Law and Politics

tiny.ag/ipa5yree  ·   Fair (65 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.

John A. Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689), in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/wuzygxbp  ·   Fair (135 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Watch the traffic, the light will never hit you.

"Moms" Mabley, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/qkrsbfxv  ·   Fair (48 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused.

Shirley Maclaine, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/n5jvquk2  ·   Fair (228 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Those who can do, those who can't teach, and those who can't teach teach education.

Nicolas Martin, 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/h8oiwuf7  ·   Fair (319 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Philosophers have merely interpreted the world. The point is to change it.

Karl Marx, in Law and Politics and 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/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/3zbbml0p  ·   Fair (60 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Andy McIntyre, 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/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/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/dwmxy2kw  ·   Fair (291 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is civil defense against media fallout.

Marshall McLuhan, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/nolhz29r  ·   Fair (126 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Absorb what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.

Bruce Lee, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/uejht2oo  ·   Fair (234 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Jules de Gaultier, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/htpbx3e8  ·   Fair (172 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

Lao Tsu, in Wisdom and Ignorance and Work and Recreation

tiny.ag/gokrtfpu  ·   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

tiny.ag/ufko7fwv  ·   Fair (3086 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I do not know myself and God forbid that I should.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Wisdom and Ignorance