I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.
more Reuben Blades quotes
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.
more Alan Bloom quotes
It will be asked whether one would care to have one's young daughter read these books. I suppose that by the time she is old enough to wish to read them she will have learned the biologic facts of life and the words that go with them. There is something seriously wrong at home if those facts have not been met and faced and sorted by then; it is not children so much as parents that should receive our concern about this. I should prefer that my own three daughters meet the facts of life and the literature of the world in my library than behind a neighbor's barn, for I can face the adversary there directly. If the young ladies are appalled by what they read, they can close the book at the bottom of page one; if they read further, they will learn what is in the world and in its people, and no parents who have been discerning with their children need fear the outcome. Nor can they hold it back, for life is a series of little battles and minor issues, and the burden of choice is on us all, every day, young and old
more Judge Curtis Bok quotes
We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant.
more Daniel Boorstin quotes
If you think we are free today, you know nothing about tyranny and even less about freedom.
more Tom Braun quotes
There is no wisdom without knowledge.
more Tom Braun quotes
Universities should be safe havens where ruthless examination of realities will not be distorted by the aim to please or inhibited by the risk of displeasure.
more Kingman Brewster quotes
There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they are scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy. All information is imperfect. We have to treat it with humility.
more Jacob Bronowski quotes
Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.
more Bellamy Brooks quotes
Now it is one thing to say (I say it) that people shouldn’t consume psychoactive drugs. It is entirely something else to condone marijuana laws, the application of which resulted, in 1995, in the arrest of 588,963 Americans. Why are we so afraid to inform ourselves on the question?
more William F. Buckley, Jr. quotes
Through zeal, knowledge is gotten; through lack of zeal, knowledge is lost; let a man who knows the double path of gain and loss thus place himself that knowledge may grow.
more Buddha quotes
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
more Edmund Burke quotes
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
more Edmund Burke quotes
The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.
more Edmund Burke quotes
There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying, it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times.
more Edmund Burke quotes
I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
more John Cage quotes
The people’s right to obtain information does not, of course, depend on any assured ability to understand its significance or use it wisely. Facts belong to the people simply because they relate to interests that are theirs, government that is theirs, and votes that they may desire to cast, for they are entitled to an active role in shaping every fundamental decision of state.
more Edmond Cahn quotes
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
more Albert Camus quotes
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
It is time for our school systems to stop accepting the gospel of that false religion and start doing their due diligence. Our children should be taught about the demonstrable solar cycles; and the whole human-caused Global Warming theory, along with the Hockey Stick Hoax, should be taught only as another example, after Piltdown Man and pre-Copernican theories of planetary movement, of how science can be corrupted when ideology gets ahead of the data.
more Orson Scott Card quotes
I choose free libraries as the best agencies for improving the masses of the people, because they give nothing for nothing. They only help those who help themselves. They never pauperize. They reach the aspiring and open to these chief treasures of the world -- those stored up in books. A taste for reading drives out lower tastes.
more Andrew Carnegie quotes
Only the history of free peoples is worth our attention; the history of men under a despotism is merely a collection of anecdotes.
more Nicolas-Sebasstien Chamfort quotes
What is education? Properly speaking, there is no such thing as education. Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another. Whatever the soul is like, it will have to be passed on somehow, consciously or unconsciously, and that transition may be called education. ... What we need is to have a culture before we hand it down. In other words, it is a truth, however sad and strange, that we cannot give what we have not got, and cannot teach to other people what we do not know ourselves.
more Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
more Chinese Proverb quotes
Moral cowardice and intellectual corruption are the natural concomitants of unchallenged privilege.
more Noam Chomsky quotes
The public library is the most dangerous place in town.
more John Ciardi 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
Precisely in proportion to our own intellectual weakness will be our credulity as to those mysterious powers assumed by others.
more Charles Caleb Colton quotes
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.
more Charles Caleb Colton quotes
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
more Confucius 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
History is a vast early warning system.
more Norman Cousins quotes
I've over-educated myself in all the things I shouldn't have known.
more Noel Coward quotes
The holier-than-thou activists who blame the population for not spending more money on their personal crusades are worse than aggravating. They encourage the repudiation of personal responsibility by spreading the lie that support of a government program fulfills individual moral duty.
more Patrick Cox quotes
As our president bears no resemblance to a king so we shall see the Senate has no similitude to nobles. First, not being hereditary, their collective knowledge, wisdom, and virtue are not precarious. For by these qualities alone are they to obtain their offices, and they will have none of the peculiar qualities and vices of those men who possess power merely because their father held it before them.
more Tench Coxe quotes
The desire to know is natural to good men.
more Leonardo da Vinci quotes
It takes a long time to understand nothing.
more Edward Dahlberg quotes
There has never in the history of the civilized world been a cohort of kids that is so little affected by adult guidance and so attuned to a peer world. We have removed grown-up wisdom and allowed them to drift into a self-constructed, highly relativistic world of friendship and peers.
more William Damon quotes
Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.
more Frank Dane quotes
The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom. The modern world is the child of doubt and inquiry, as the ancient world was the child of fear and faith.
more Clarence S. Darrow quotes
To suppose that the eye [...] could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree. When it was first said that the sun stood still and the world turned round, the common sense of mankind declared the doctrine false; but the old saying of Vox populi, vox Dei, as every philosopher knows, cannot be trusted in science. Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.
more Charles Darwin quotes
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
more Charles Darwin 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
Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations...In democratic countries knowledge of how to combine is the mother of all other forms of knowledge; on its progress depends that of all the others.
more Alexis de Tocqueville quotes
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.
more Graceanne A. Decandido quotes
If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.
more W. Edwards Deming quotes
It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.
more W. Edwards Deming 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
There's nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view that I hold dear.
more Daniel Dennett quotes
We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.
more Max DePree quotes
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