Truth that has been merely learned is like an artificial limb,
a false tooth, a waxen nose; at best, like a nose made out
of another's flesh; it adheres to us only ‘because it is put on.
But truth acquired by thinking of our own is like a natural limb;
it alone really belongs to us. This is the fundamental difference
between the thinker and the mere man of learning.
The intellectual attainments of a man who thinks for himself
resemble a fine painting, where the light and shade are correct,
the tone sustained, the colour perfectly harmonised; it is true
to life. On the other hand, the intellectual attainments
of the mere man of learning are like a large palette, full
of all sorts of colours, which at most are systematically
arranged, but devoid of harmony, connection and meaning.
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not
by the false appearance things present and which mislead
into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers,
but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being
Finally consider that even the seeker after knowledge forces
his spirit to recognige things against the inclination
of the spirit , and often enough also against the wishes
of his heart--by way of saying no where he would like
to say yes,love, and adore--- and thus acts as an artist
and transfigurer of cruelty.
Quotes on Tolerance-Love-Openness-Humility-Truth-seeking-Growth
The intelligent and good man holds in his affections
the good and true of every land--the boundaries
of countries are not the limitations of his sympathies.
Caring nothing for race, or color, he loves those
who speak other languages and worship other gods.
Between him and those who suffer, there is no
impassable gulf. He salutes the world, and extends
the hand of friendship to the human race.
He does not bow before a provincial and patriotic
god--one who protects his tribe or nation, and
abhores the rest of mankind.
I have observed that the world has suffered far less
from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge.
It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues
who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned
anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming
that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor;
he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me.
The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me
to fit them.
George Bernard Shaw
Quotes on Boldness - Openness-Tolerance
If the future is to remain open and free,
we need people who can tolerate the unknown,
who will not need the support of completeley
worked-out systems or traditional blueprints from the past.
It's a mistake to surround yourself
only with people just like you.
Throw off that worn comforter --
and replace it with a crazy quilt of
different and imaginative people.
Then watch the ideas erupt!