Category Archives: Quotations

Quotable #55: Necessity

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” — Anon. “Invention is the mother of necessity.” — Samuel Butler “Necessity knows no law.” — St. Augustine “‘Necessity is the mother of invention’ is a silly proverb. ‘Necessity is the mother of futile … Continue reading

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Quotable #54: Rat Race

“A study shows that stress does not cause high blood pressure. It was conducted with rats, so it may not mean much. They’re not in the people race.” — Bluefield Daily Telegraph, October 22, 1968

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Quotable #53: Grass

There is no riddle to surpass The mystery of growing grass, Which bravely thrusts its tender stalk Thru tiny cracks along the walk, And thrives in crannies of the wall, And in the flower beds grows tall And grows and … Continue reading

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Quotable #52: Force Of Truth

“As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.” — William Hazlitt, Table-talk; Or, Original Essays, 1822

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Quotable #51: Asking For Reasons

“There is a way of asking us for our reasons that leads us not only to forget our best reasons but also to conceive a stubborn aversion to all reasons. This way of asking makes people very stupid and is … Continue reading

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Quotable #50: Gradualness

“Firstly, gradualness. About this most important condition of fruitful scientific work I never can speak without emotion. Gradualness, gradualness, and gradualness. From the very beginning of your work, school yourselves to severe gradualness in the accumulation of knowledge.” — Ivan Pavlov, … Continue reading

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20 Thought-Provoking Quotes About Reading And Thinking

“He might be a very clever man by nature, for all I know, but he laid so many books upon his head that his brains could not move.” — Robert Hall, when asked whether he thought that Dr. Kippis was … Continue reading

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