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Literacy is not, as it is considered in our schools, a PORTION of education. It IS education. It is at once the ability AND the inclination of the mind to find knowledge, to pursue understanding, and out of knowledge and understanding, not out of received attitudes and values or emotional responses, however "worthy," to make judgments.

Richard Mitchell Quotes

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It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical?

Alan Perlis Quotes

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Civilized man has always had a great inclination to read his conceptions and feelings into the mind of primitive man; but he has only a limited capacity for understanding the latter's undeveloped mental life and for interpreting, as it were, his nature.

Carl Bucher Quotes

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There are plenty of people to whom the crucial problem of their lives never get presented in terms that they can understand.

John Jay Chapman Quotes

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Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to publick opinion. This is the weak point of our defenses, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem the true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, and the wrong the right.

James Fenimore Cooper Quotes

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The affairs of life embrace a multitude of interests, and he who reasons in any one of them, without consulting the rest, is a visionary unsuited to control the business of the world.

James Fenimore Cooper Quotes

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There is no such thing as philosophy-free science; there is only science whose philosophical baggage is taken on board without examination.

Daniel C. Dennett Quotes

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Scientists often have a naive faith that if only they could discover enough facts about a problem, these facts would somehow arrange themselves in a compelling and true solution.

Theodosius Dobzhansky Quotes

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A man that would expect to train lobsters to fly in a year is called a lunatic; but a man that thinks men can be turned into angels by an election is a reformer and remains at large.

Finley Peter Dunne Quotes

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The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s and 1980s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death...

Paul Ehrlich Quotes

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K is for KENGHIS KHAN. _He_ was a very _nice_ person. History has no record of him. There is a moral in that, somewhere.

Harlan Ellison Quotes

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The fanatic is not really a stickler to principle. He embraces a cause not primarily because of its justness or holiness but because of his desperate need for something to hold onto.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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Though they seem at opposite poles, fanatics of all kinds are actually crowded together at one end. It is the fanatic and the moderate who are poles apart and never meet.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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A doctrine insulates the devout not only against the realities around them but also against their own selves. The fanatical believer is not conscious of his envy, malice, pettiness and dishonesty. There is a wall of words between his consciousness and his real self.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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...mammalian embryos, regardless of their sex chromosome constitutions, have an inherent tendency to develop the female phenotype; the mammalian male is essentially a female that has been exposed to androgenic steroid hormones.

S. Ohno Quotes

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It is a perplexing and unpleasant truth that when men already have "something worth fighting for," they do not feel like fighting.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.

Edward Gibbon Quotes

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Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.

Daniel Greenberg Quotes

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The best way to turn a woman's head is to tell her she has a beautiful profile.

Sacha Guitry Quotes

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The best way I know to win an argument is to start by being in the right.

Lord Hailshan Quotes

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Man is a luxury loving animal. Take away play, fancies, and luxuries, and you will turn man into a dull, sluggish creature, barely energetic enough to obtain a bare subsistence. A society becomes stagnant when its people are too rational or too serious to be tempted by baubles.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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The smashing of idols is in itself such a preoccupation that it is almost impossible for the iconoclast to look clearly into a future when there will not be many idols left to smash.

Walter Lippmann Quotes

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The ideal of self-advancement which the civilizing west offers to backward populations brings with it the plague of individual frustration. All the advantages brought by the West are ineffectual substitutes for the sheltering and soothing anonymity of communal existence.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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What the intellectual craves above all else is to be taken seriously, to be treated as a decisive force in shaping history. He is far more at home in a society that weighs his every word and keeps close watch on his attitudes then in a society that cares not what he says or does. He would rather be persecuted than ignored.

Eric Hoffer Quotes

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