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The inertia of the human mind and its resistance to innovation are most clearly demonstrated not, as one might expect, by the ignorant mass- which is easily swayed once its imagination is caught- but by professionals with a vested interest in tradition and in the monopoly of learning. Innovation is a twofold threat to academic mediocrities: it endangers their oracular authority, and it evokes the deeper fear that their whole, laboriously constructed intellectual edifice might collapse. The academic backwoodsmen have been the curse of genius from Aristarchus to Darwin and Freud; they stretch, a solid and hostile phalanx of pedantic mediocrities, across the centuries.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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To illustrate the difference between the innovator and the dull crowd of routinists who cannot even imagine that any improvement is possible, we need only refer to a passage in Engel's most famous book. Here, in 1878, Engels apodictically announced that military weapons are "now so perfected that no further progress of any revolutionizing influence is any longer possible." Henceforth "all further [technological] progress is by and large indifferent for land warfare. The age of evolution is in this regard essentially closed." This complacent conclusion shows in what the achievement of the innovator consists: he accomplishes what other people believe to be unthinkable and unfeasible.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Compared with the totality of knowledge which is continually utilized in the evolution of a dynamic civilization, the difference between the knowledge that the wisest and that which the most ignorant individual can deliberately employ is comparatively insignificant.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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...it is largely because civilization enables us constantly to profit from knowledge which we individually do not possess and because each individual's use of his particular knowledge may serve to assist others unknown to him in achieving their ends that men as members of civilized society can pursue their individual ends so much more successfully than they could alone.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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It is the worst of all superstitions to assume that the epistemological characteristics of one branch of knowledge must necessarily be applicable to any other branch.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Human reason can neither predict nor deliberately shape its own future. Its advances consist in finding out where it has been wrong.

F.a. Hayek Quotes

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The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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Reason's biological function is to preserve and promote life and to postpone its extinction as long as possible. Thinking and acting are not contrary to nature; they are, rather, the foremost features of man's nature. The most appropriate description of man as differentiated from nonhuman beings is: a being purposively struggling against the forces adverse to his life.

Ludwig von Mises Quotes

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Every fairly intelligent person is aware that the price of respectability is a muffled soul bent on the trivial and the mediocre.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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No man is an island- he is a holon. A Janus-faced entity who, looking inward, sees himself as a self-contained unique whole, looking outward as a dependent part. His self-assertive tendency is the dynamic manifestation of his unique wholeness, his autonomy and independence as a holon. Its equally universal antagonist, the integrative tendency, expresses his dependence on the larger whole to which he belongs: his 'part-ness.'.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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...the integrative tendencies of the individual are incomparably more dangerous than his self-assertive tendencies.

Arthur Koestler Quotes

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We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory. - The Heart's Domain.

Georges Duhamel Quotes

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To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed.

Bernard Edmonds Quotes

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A fanatic is a man that does what he thinks the Lord would do if He knew the facts of the case.

Finley Peter Dunne Quotes

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Fanaticism obliterates the feelings of humanity.

Edward Gibbon Quotes

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A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

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Instinct is action taken in pursuance of a purpose, but without conscious perception of what the purpose is.

Van Hartmann Quotes

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The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

Henri L. Bergson Quotes

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Our minds can work for us or against us at any given moment. We can learn to accept and live with the natural psychological laws that govern us, understanding how to flow with life rather than struggle against it. We can return to our natural state of contentment.

Richard Carlson Quotes

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You affect your subconscious mind by verbal repetition.

W. Clement Stone Quotes

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Our knowledge and our ability to handle our problems progress through the open conflict of ideas, through the tests of phenomenological adequacy, inner consistency, and practical-moral consequences. Reason may err, but it can be moral. If we must err, let it be on the side of our creativity, our freedom, our betterment.

Rudolph Rummel Quotes

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...aesthetic values are changed under the influence of sexual emotion; from the lover's point of view many things are beautiful which are unbeautiful from the point of view of him who is not a lover, and the greater the degree to which the lover is swayed by his passion the greater the extent to which his normal aesthetic standard is liable to be modified.

Havelock Ellis Quotes

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Art should be appreciated with passion and violence, not with a tepid, deprecating elegance that fears the censoriousness of a common room.

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes

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The largely objective character of beauty is further indicated by the fact that to a considerable extent beauty is the expression of health. A well and harmoniously developed body, tense muscles, an elastic and finely toned skin, bright eyes, grace and animation of carriage- all these things which are essential to beauty are the conditions of health.

Havelock Ellis Quotes

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There is nothing so awkward as courting a woman whilst she is making sausages.

Laurence Sterne Quotes

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