The key to wisdom is this -- constant and frequent questioning ... for by doubting we are led to question and by questioning we arrive at the truth.
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Liberty is the prevention of control by others. This requires self-control and, therefore, religious and spiritual influences; education, knowledge, well-being.
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Learn as much by writing as by reading.
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Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
more Abigail Adams quotes
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.
more Douglas Adams quotes
I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.
more Franklin P. Adams quotes
Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
more Henry Brooks Adams quotes
Time as he grows old teaches all things.
more Aeschylus quotes
Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
more Aesop quotes
I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.
more Publius Terentius Afer quotes
Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped.
more African Proverb quotes
The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
more Mohammed Ali quotes
I call the mind free which jealously guards its intellectual rights and powers, which calls no man master [and] receives new truth as an angel from Heaven.
more Woody Allen quotes
Philosophy means the complete liberty of the mind, and therefore independence of all social, political or religious prejudice... It loves one thing only... truth.
more Henri Frederic Amiel quotes
The wise learn many things from their enemies.
more Aristophanes quotes
Education is the best provision for old age.
more Aristotle quotes
Why is it that millions of children who are pushouts or dropouts amount to business as usual in the public schools, while one family educating a child at home becomes a major threat to universal public education and the survival of democracy?
more Stephen Arons quotes
Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
more St. Augustine quotes
There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.
more Richard Bach quotes
Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.
more Francis Bacon quotes
So when any of the four pillars of government, are mainly shaken, or weakened (which are religion, justice, counsel, and treasure), men had need to pray for fair weather.
more Francis Bacon quotes
For whatever deserves to exist deserves also to be known, for knowledge is the image of existence, and things mean and splendid exist alike.
more Sir Francis Bacon quotes
There are in fact four very significant stumblingblocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.
more Roger Bacon quotes
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."
more Tallulah Bankhead quotes
There are three schoolmasters for everybody that will employ them - the senses, intelligent companions, and books.
more Rev. Henry Ward Beecher quotes
Make men large and strong and tyranny will bankrupt itself in making shackles for them.
more Rev. Henry Ward Beecher quotes
No great advance has ever been made in science, politics, or religion, without controversy.
more Lyman Beecher quotes
I thank God, we have not free schools nor printing; and I hope we shall not have these hundred years. For learning has brought disobedience, and heresy and sects into the world; and printing has divulged them and libels against the government. God keep us from both!
more Sir William Berkeley quotes
The interest of the people lies in being able to join organizations, advocate causes, and make political “mistakes” without being subjected to governmental penalties.
more Justice Hugo L. Black 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
How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority of superior officers? Well, why should we then expect government schools to teach children to question the authority of government?
more Neal Boortz quotes
Government schools will teach children that government is wonderful.
more Neal Boortz quotes
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
more Jorge Luis Borges quotes
Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
more James Boswell 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
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.
more Giordano Bruno quotes
Nothing sedates rationality like large doses of effortless money. After a heady experience of that kind, normally sensible people drift into behavior akin to that of Cinderella at the ball.
more Warren Buffett quotes
...it's a good idea to review past mistakes before committing new ones.
more Warren Buffett quotes
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
People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
more Edmund Burke quotes
Presumably man's spirit should be elevated if he can better review his shady past and analyze more completely and objectively his present problems.
more Vannevar Bush quotes
An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.
more Albert Camus quotes
Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
more Albert Camus quotes
A false conclusion once arrived at and widely accepted is not easily dislodged and the less it is understood the more tenaciously it is held.
more Georg Cantor quotes
The only way to learn is by changing your mind.
more Orson Scott Card quotes
It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
more Gilbert Keith Chesterton quotes
The last few decades have been marked by a special cultivation of the romance of the future. We seem to have made up our minds to misunderstand what has happened; and we turn, with a sort of relief, to stating what will happen-which is apparently much easier...The modern mind is forced towards the future by a certain sense of fatigue, not unmixed with terror, with which it regards the past.
more Gilbert Keith Chesterton 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
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