Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.
more Buddha quotes
Believe nothing merely because you have been told it. Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher. But whatsoever, after due examination and analysis, you find to be kind, conducive to the good, the benefit, the welfare of all beings -- that doctrine believe and cling to, and take it as your guide.
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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.
more Luther Burbank quotes
Without bigots, eccentrics, cranks and heretics the world would not progress.
more Frank Gelett Burgess quotes
In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters,--that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.
more Edmund Burke quotes
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
more Edmund Burke quotes
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
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Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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Guns are used for self-defense somewhere between 800,000 and 3.6 million times per year .... Using firearm crime and defensive gun use figures most favorable to advocates for stricter gun control, ... the benefits from defensive gun uses exceed the cost of violent firearm crimes ... by between $90 million and $3.5 billion. Using the most credible estimate for defensive gun uses, the benefits range from $1 billion to $38 billion. Putting these dollar figures in more human terms: Guns save lives. The fact is that the best defense against violence is an armed response. For example, women faced with assault are 2.5 times less likely to suffer serious injury if they defend themselves with a gun rather than responding with other weapons or by offering no resistance. ... [P]ersons defending themselves with guns during an assault are injured only 12 percent of the time, compared to 25 percent for those using other weapons, 27 percent for those offering no resistance and nearly 26 percent of those who flee. ... [F]irearms are the safest, most effective way to protect oneself against criminal activity -- which is why American police officers carry guns rather than going unarmed or merely carrying knives.
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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.
more Edwin Arthur Burtt quotes
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
more Nicholas Murray Butler quotes
Men willingly believe what they wish.
more Gaius Julius Caesar quotes
It is the job of thinking people, not to be on the side of the executioners.
more Albert Camus quotes
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
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You cannot become a truly effective advocate unless you know all sides of your subject thoroughly, opposing arguments as well as your own.
more G. R. Capp quotes
Reasonable argument is impossible when authority becomes the arbiter.
more Orson Scott Card quotes
"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."
more Lewis Carroll quotes
Every wrong seems possible today, and is accepted.  I don't accept it.
more Pablo Casals quotes
The growth of drug-related crime is a far greater evil to society as a whole than drug taking. Even so, because we have been seduced by the idea that governments should legislate for our own good, very few people can see how dangerously absurd the present policy is.
more John Casey quotes
No more duty can be urged upon those who are entering the great theater of life than simple loyalty to their best convictions.
more Edwin Hubbel Chapin quotes
This is the perpetual and pitiful tragedy of the practical man in practical affairs. He always begins with a flourish of contempt for what he calls theorizing and what people who can do it call thinking. He will not wait for logic--that is, in the most exact sense, he will not listen to reason. It will therefore appear to him an idle and ineffectual proceeding to say that there is a reason for his present failure. Nevertheless, it may be well to say it, and to try and make it clear even to him.
more Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes
Appropriated to justice, to security, to reason, to restraint; where there is no respect of persons; where will is nothing and power is nothing and numbers are nothing, and all are equal and all secure before the law.
more Rufus Choate quotes
Wise men are instructed by reason; men of less understanding, by experience; the most ignorant, by necessity; the beasts, by nature.
more Marcus Tullius Cicero quotes
By doubting we all come at truth.
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From the standpoint of freedom of speech and the press, it is enough to point out that the state has no legitimate interest in protecting any or all religions from views distasteful to them... It is not the business of government to suppress real or imagined attacks upon a particular religious doctrine.
more Justice Tom C. Clark quotes
A people are free in proportion as they form their own opinions.
more Samuel Taylor Coleridge quotes
Of all the inanimate objects, of all men’s creations, books are the nearest to us, for they contain our very thoughts, our ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to truth, and our persistent leaning toward error.
more Joseph Conrad quotes
Reason and virtue alone can bestow liberty.
more Anthony Ashley Cooper quotes
Every politician, every member of the clerical profession, ought to incur the reasonable suspicion of being an interested supporter of false doctrines, who becomes angry at opposition, and endeavors to cast an odium on free inquiry. Fraud and falsehood only dread examination. Truth invites it.
more Thomas Cooper quotes
It is always the task of the intellectual to “think otherwise.” This is not just a perverse idiosyncrasy. It is an absolutely essential feature of a society.
more Harvey Cox quotes
[T]here are, at bottom, basically two ways to order social affairs, Coercively, through the mechanisms of the state -- what we can call political society. And voluntarily, through the private interaction of individuals and associations -- what we can call civil society. ... In a civil society, you make the decision. In a political society, someone else does. ... Civil society is based on reason, eloquence, and persuasion, which is to say voluntarism. Political society, on the other hand, is based on force.
more Edward H. Crane quotes
Beyond a doubt truth bears the same relation to falsehood as light to darkness.
more Leonardo Da Vinci quotes
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
more Dalai Lama quotes
The objector and the rebel who raises his voice against what he believes to be the injustice of the present and the wrongs of the past is the one who hunches the world along.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
This nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the principle – among others – that honest men may honestly disagree; that if they all say what they think, a majority of the people will be able to distinguish truth from error; that in the competition of the marketplace of ideas, the sounder ideas will in the long run win out.
more Elmer Davis quotes
Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.
more Richard Dawkins quotes
The terrible thing about the quest for truth is that you find it.
more Remy De Gourmont quotes
He is free who knows how to keep in his own hands the power to decide at each step, the course of his life, and who lives in a society which does not block the exercise of that power.
more Salvador De Madariaga quotes
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
It is a thing of no great difficulty to raise objections against another man's oration -- nay, it is a very easy matter; but to produce a better in its place is a work extremely troublesome.
more Michel De Montaigne quotes
If falsehood like truth had only one face, we would be in better shape. For we would take as certain the opposite of what the liar said. But the reverse of truth has a hundred thousand shapes and a limitless field.
more Michel de Montaigne quotes
I see men ordinarily more eager to discover a reason for things than to find out whether things are so.
more Michel De Montaigne quotes
It is unreasonable ... to oblige a man not to attempt the defense of his own life.
more Charles de Montesquieu quotes
I know of but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.
more Antoine De Saint-Exupery quotes
I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
This monkey mythology of Darwin is the cause of permissiveness, promiscuity, prophylactics, perversions, pregnancies, abortions, pornotherapy, pollution, poisoning and proliferation of crimes of all types.
more Judge Braswell Dean quotes
There are all kinds of devices invented for the protection and preservation of countries: defensive barriers, forts, trenches, and the like... But prudent minds have as a natural gift one safeguard which is the common possession of all, and this applies especially to the dealings of democracies. What is this safeguard? Skepticism. This you must preserve. This you must retain. If you can keep this, you need fear no harm.
more Demosthenes quotes
If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.
more Rene Descartes quotes
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.
more John Dewey quotes
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