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|Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
|Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
|American Library Association
|Intellectual freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access of all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored.
|Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
|Near our vineyard there was a pear tree laden with fruit that was not attractive in either flavor or form. One night, when I [at the age of sixteen] had played until dark on the sandlot with some other juvenile delinquents, we went to shake that tree and carry off its fruit. From it we carried off huge loads, not to feast on, but to throw to the pigs, although we did eat a few ourselves. We did it just because it was forbidden.
|I'm a foe of moderation, the champion of excess. If I may lift a line from a die-hard whose identity is lost in the shuffle, "I'd rather be strongly wrong than weakly right.
|Rev. Henry Ward Beecher
|There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
|Justice Hugo L. Black
|The interest of the people lies in being able to join organizations, advocate causes, and make political “mistakes” without being subjected to governmental penalties.
|Freedom of the mind requires not only, or not even especially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities.
|A free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.
|Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
|It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.
|It is well for people who think to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean. For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.
|Edwin Arthur Burtt
|As compared with impulsive commitment to the first idea which dawns, that is, with intuitive action, reasoning is patient, exploratory of other possibilities, and deliberative.
|An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
|Gilbert Keith Chesterton
|The theory of free speech, that truth is so much larger and stranger and more many-sided than we know of, that it is very much better at all costs to hear everyone’s account of it, is a theory which has been justified on the whole by experiment, but which remains a very daring and even a very surprising theory. It is really one of the great discoveries of the modern time.
|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
|Every reform, however necessary, will by weak minds be carried to an excess, that itself will need reforming.
|By nature men are pretty much alike; it is learning and practice that set them apart.
|e. e. cummings
|To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing it's best, night and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.
|False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.
|Graceanne A. Decandido
|If librarianship is the connecting of people to ideas – and I believe that is the truest definition of what we do – it is crucial to remember that we must keep and make available, not just good ideas and noble ideas, but bad ideas, silly ideas, and yes, even dangerous or wicked ideas.
|We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
|Mankind likes to think in terms of extreme opposites. It is given to formulating its beliefs in terms of Either/Ors, between which it recognizes no intermediate possibilities.
|Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much,
are the three pillars of learning.
|Thomas A. Edison
|I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.
|Thomas A. Edison
|Restless is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.
|The important thing is never to stop questioning.
|Ralph Waldo Emerson
|Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
|The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical, to demand the credentials of all statements that claim to be facts.
|Moderation in all things -- including moderation.
|Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
|I know of no inquiry which the impulses of man suggests that is forbidden to the resolution of man to pursue.
|In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
|I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
|Josiah William Gitt
|Humanity's most valuable assets have been the non-conformists. Were it not for the non-conformists, he who refuses to be satisfied to go along with the continuance of things as they are, and insists upon attempting to find new ways of bettering things, the world would have known little progress, indeed.