Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Source: W.H.Auden & L.Kronenberger (eds.) The Viking Book of Aphorisms, NY: Viking Press, 1966.
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Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives' mouths.
Source: The Impact of Science on Society, 1952.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
Source: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish
The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper
The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
Source: Marriage and Morals
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
The fundamental cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt.
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