>> Saturday, October 23, 2010
Once again, reusing quotes because, hey, I'm lazy.
With all the education talk this week and elder sibling stuff goin’ on, seemed like learning might be a good subject for quotes. Let’s just dig into the Big Bag O’ Quotes and see what we find.
He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.
–Sir Francis Bacon
Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.
–Philip Dormer Stanhope, Lord Chesterfield
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?
The most glorious moments in your life are not the so-called days of success, but rather those days when out of dejection and despair you feel rise in you a challenge to life, and the promise of future accomplishments.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed.
–Robert Green Ingersol
Experience, the most brutal of teachers; but you learn, my God do you learn.
–C. S. Lewis
The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do.
–John Stuart Mill
I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
If history teaches anything, it teaches that self-delusion in the face of unpleasant facts is folly.
–Ronald Reagan [Ed: might we remind the GOP of that now?]
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It is simply too painful to acknowledge — even to ourselves — that we’ve been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.)