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Everything that we think God has in his mind necessarily proceeds from our own mind; it is what we imagine to be in God's mind, and it is really difficult for human intelligence to guess at a divine intelligence. What we usually end up with by this sort of reasoning is to make God the color-sergeant of our army and to make Him as chauvinistic as ourselves.

Lin Yutang Quotes

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No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves.

Lin Yutang Quotes

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The more adaptability exists for a given kind of decision, the less risky it is to make plans for the future, and therefore the more likely it is that more people will make more plans in such areas.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The most basic question is not what is best but who shall decide what is best.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Always behave like a duck- keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath.

Jacob Braude Quotes

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We should listen first and foremost to our own experience...We should stop looking for saviors... Society has not existed for thousands of years because it had a succession of saviors. It's existed because it has institutions and processes through which people can realize their own goals.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.

Lin Yutang Quotes

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Let us face ourselves bravely as we are. For only a philosophy that recognizes reality can lead us into true happiness, and only that kind of philosophy is sound and healthy.

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Happy is he who bears a god within.

Louis Pasteur Quotes

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If you hate something thoroughly without knowing why, you can be sure there is something of it in your own nature.

Friedrich Hebbel Quotes

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The first thing a man will do for his ideals is lie.

J.a. Schumpeter Quotes

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Ideas are everywhere, but knowledge is rare.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Ideas, as the raw material from which knowledge is produced, exist in superabundance, but that makes the production of knowledge more difficult rather than easier. Many ideas- probably most- will have to be discarded somewhere in the process of producing authenticated knowledge. Authentication is as important as the raw information itself, and the manner and speed of the authentication process can be crucial...

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Physicists have determined that even the most solid and heavy mass of matter we see is mostly empty space. But at the submicroscopic level, specks of matter scattered through a vast emptiness have such incredible density and weight, and are linked to one another by such powerful forces, that together they produce all the properties of concrete, cast iron and solid rock. In much the same way, specks of knowledge are scattered through a vast emptiness of ignorance, and everything depends upon how solid the individual specks of knowledge are, and on how powerfully linked and coordinated they are with one another.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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Considering the enormous range of human knowledge, from intimate personal knowledge of specific individuals to the complexities of organizations and the subtleties of feelings, it is remarkable that one speck in this firmament should be the sole determinant of whether someone is considered knowledgeable or ignorant in general. Yet it is a fact of life that an unlettered person is considered ignorant, however much he may know about nature and man, and a Ph.D. is never considered ignorant, however barren his mind might be outside his narrow specialty and however little he grasps about human feeling or social complexities.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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The trouble with people is not that they don't know but that they know so much that ain't so.

Henry Wheeler Shaw Quotes

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The main fuel to speed the world's progress is our stock of knowledge, and the brake is our lack of imagination.

Julian Simon Quotes

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But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville Quotes

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All greatness of character is dependent on individuality. The man who has no other existence than that which he partakes in common with all around him, will never have any other than an existence of mediocrity.

James Fenimore Cooper Quotes

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When you want to organize knowledge. you will be careful to base the classification upon essential qualities. You will thus derive classes in which the members have the greatest amount of resemblance to one another and the greatest amount of difference from the members of other classes. But suppose that, instead of organizing knowledge, you set out to organize ignorance and prejudice. You will then do precisely the opposite...You will keep the classification vague and flexible, so that it can be made to include just whatever individuals you choose.

Barrows Dunham Quotes

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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.

Desiderius Erasmus Quotes

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Civilization is an enormous device for economizing knowledge,.

Thomas Sowell Quotes

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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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