Flashcards in Favourite Quotes Deck (2)
The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty, and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind, both in theory and practice.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.
There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labour of thinking.
Nothing is so exhausting as indecision and nothing so futile.
Look into irrationality closely, with a determination not to respect it, and not to let it dominate you. Whenever it thrusts foolish thoughts or feelings into your consciousness, pull them up by the roots, examine them, and reject them. Do not allow yourself to remain a vacillating creature, swayed half by reason and half by infantile folly. Do not be afraid of irreverence towards the memory of those who controlled your childhood.
"I think you should always be questioning. I take this very scientific attitude, that everything you've learned is just provisional, that's it's always open to recantation or refutation, and I think the same applies to society." Aaron Swartz
'Most people would rather die than think and most people do' Bertrand Russell
Mystery is not about traveling to new places, but it's about looking with new eyes (Proust)
Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way - Viktor Frankl
The purpose of education is to free us all from the prejudices of our parents.
'The sleep of reason brings forth monsters' (title of one of the series of satires etched by the Spanish painter Goya)
Goya's full motto for his etching is 'Imagination abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters: united with her, she is the mother of the arts and the source of her wonders'
Speculation on borrowed money is the most toxic combination in capitalism
Practice makes permanent.
The highest to which man can attain is wonder (Goethe)
Evolution is based on difference and not equality.
He who cannot draw on 3,000 years is living from hand to mouth - Goethe
The chief enemy of good decisions is a lack of sufficient perspectives on a problem - Alain de Botton
"It's not that I'm so smart," said Einstein. "It's that I stay with problems longer."
Saving is the oldest excuse for failing to live.
90% of the art of living consists of getting on with people one cannot stand
People say we need religion when what they really mean is that we need police - H L Mencken.