Ignorance is less remote from truth than prejudice.
Denis Diderot (1713 - 1784)
Contributed by: Gg
Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
Contributed by: Zaady
We swallow greedily any lie that flatters us, but we sip only little by little at a truth we find bitter.
Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.
Distance is a great promoter of admiration!
Oh! how near are genius and madness! Men imprison them and chain them, or raise statues to them.
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
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