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The stricter standards and independent, often conclusive, evidence in the physical sciences cannot be generalized to intellectual activity as a whole, even though the aura of scientific processes and results is often appropriated by other intellectuals.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Knowledge can be enormously costly, and is often scattered in widely uneven fragments, too small to be individually usable in decision making. The communication and coordination of these scattered fragments of knowledge is one of the basic problems- perhaps the basic problem- of any society.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Only a mediocre person is always at his best.

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

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Social values in general are incrementally variable: neither safety, diversity, rational articulation, nor morality is categorically a "good thing" to have more of, without limits. All are subject to diminishing returns, and ultimately negative returns.

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Implicit in the activist conception of government is the assumption that you can take the good things in a complex system for granted, and just improve the things that are not so good. What is lacking in this conception is any sense that a society, an institution, or even a single human being, is an intricate system of fragile inter-relationships, whose complexities are little understood and easily destabilized.

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Informal relationships are not mere minor interstitial supplements to the major institutions of society. These informal relationships not only include important decision-making processes, such as the family, but also produce much of the background social capital without which the other major institutions of society could not function nearly as effectively as they do.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.

Schopenhauer Quotes

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Men never do evil so fully and so happily as when they do it for conscience's sake.

Blaise Pascal Quotes

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If you happen to be one of the fretful minority who can do creative work, never force an idea; you'll abort it if you do. Be patient and you'll give birth to it when the time is ripe. Learn to wait.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Avoid making irrevocable decisions when tired or hungry.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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To stay young requires unceasing cultivation of the ability to unlearn old falsehoods.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Obscurity is the refuge of incompetence.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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The three-legged stool of understanding is held up by history, languages, and mathematics. Equipped with these three you can learn anything you want to learn. But if you lack any one of them you are just another ignorant peasant with dung on your boots.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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There are in fact four very different stumbling blocks 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.

Roger Bacon Quotes

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Sex should be friendly. Otherwise stick to mechanical toys; it's more sanitary.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Yield to temptation; it may not pass your way again.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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Most people can't think, most of the remainder won't think, the small fraction who do think mostly can't do it very well. The extremely tiny fraction who think regularly, accurately, creatively, and without self-delusion- in the long run, these are the only people who count.

Robert Heinlein Quotes

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The most basic inherent constraint is that neither time nor wisdom are free goods available in unlimited quantity. This means that in social processes, as in economic processes, it is not only impossible to attain perfection but irrational to seek perfection- or even to seek the "best possible" result in each separate instance.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Language was invented to ask questions. Answers may be given by grunts and gestures, but questions must be spoken. Humanness came of age when man asked the first question. Social stagnation results not from a lack of answers but from the absence of the impulse to ask questions.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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Lack of sensitivity is perhaps basically an unawareness of ourselves.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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...it is always advisable to perceive clearly our ignorance.

Charles Darwin Quotes

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When your heart is in your dream, no request is too extreme.

Jiminy Cricket Quotes

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A mind that is fast is sick. A mind that is slow is sound. A mind that is still is divine.

Meher Baba Quotes

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Now as of old the gods give men all good things, excepting only those that are baneful and injurious and useless. These, now as of old, are not gifts of the gods: men stumble into them themselves because of their own blindness and folly.

Democritus Quotes

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There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.

Democritus Quotes

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