Wisdom: What quotations are revered for. All quotations in this category contain timeless bits of wisdom and many are quite provacative
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"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect."
"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity."
"When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."
"I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me."
"Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway."
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them."
"There was never an angry man that thought his anger unjust."
"Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge."
"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it."
"Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want."
"When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it."
"The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes."
"The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is."
"The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there's gold in letting go of them."
"We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions."
"The trodden worm curls up. This testifies to its caution. It thus reduces its chances of being trodden upon again. In the language of morality: Humility."
"When you're arguing with a fool, make sure he isn't doing the same thing."
"Only after the last tree has been cut down,
"No folly is more costly than the folly of intolerant idealism."
"There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth because its opposite is a falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another truth."
"Everything happens for a reason; If you can't find a reason for something, there's a reason for that."
"Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possess one."
"I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind--that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking."
"Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt."
"It's important to remember that just because there are crooks, zealots and morons supporting a position, it does not automatically follow that the position is wrong."
"If we would please in society, we must be prepared to be taught many things we know already by people who do not know them."
"Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few."
"We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism."
"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists."
"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you."
"Every body continues in its state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line, except in so far as it is compelled to change that state by forces impressed upon it."
"The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle."
"Americans of good faith across the political spectrum know that suppression and intimidation of political diversity is a dangerous trend. Ideas must be challenged in the course of free and open discussion for democracy to survive."
"Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there."
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'"
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