Quotable #73: Ideas and Force

“On résiste à l’invasion des armées; on ne résiste pas à l’invasion des idées” — Victor Hugo, Histoire d’un Crime, 1852 (It literally translates to, “One resists the invasion of armies; one does not resist the invasion of ideas.” A more popular paraphrased version of this is, “One cannot resist an idea whose time has […]

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Quotable #72: We Can’t Know Everything

“A person who thinks that he knows everything is not well informed.” — Chinese Proverb “As the island of knowledge grows, the surface that makes contact with mystery expands. When major theories are overturned, what we thought was certain knowledge gives way, and knowledge touches upon mystery differently. This newly uncovered mystery may be humbling […]

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Quotable #71: Sleight of Hand

As lookers-on feel most delight, That least perceive the Juggler’s Slight, And still the less they understand, The more th’ admire his Slight of Hand. — Samuel Butler, Hudibras, 1684

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Quotable #70: Indifference

“Indifference to all the actions and passions of mankind was not supposed to be such a distinguished quality at that time, I think. I have known it very fashionable indeed. I have seen it displayed with such success that I have encountered some fine ladies and gentlemen who might as well have been born caterpillars.” […]

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Quotable #69: Luggage

“Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” — Erma Bombeck “I went to the airport. I had three pieces of luggage. I said that I want this piece to go to Cleveland, this piece to Toronto and this piece to Florida. The airline agent said, ‘We […]

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Quotable #67: Book Borrowers

“He who lends a book is an idiot. He who returns the book is more of an idiot.” — Arab Proverb “I can lend you my money not my books.” — Amit Kalantri “Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks […]

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Quotable #66: Secrets

Image: The New Daily “[…] When two know it, how can it be a secret? And indeed with what justice can you expect secresy in me, that cannot be private to yourself?” — John, Marston, Parasitaster: Or, The Fawn, Act 3, Scene 1, 1604, quoted in Charles Wentworth Dilke, Old English Plays: Being a Selection […]

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Quotable #65: Ideas

“There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them.” — George Orwell

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Quotable #64: Precautions

“The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.” — Alfred Adler

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Quotable #63: Thinking

“I wrote somewhere once that the third-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the majority, the second-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking with the minority, and the first-rate mind was only happy when it was thinking.” — A. A. Milne

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