foolishness

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on cheating, foolishness, impossibility, life, people, suffering, and superstition

People suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated. But it is impossible for a person to be cheated by anyone but himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on biography, fishing, foolishness, history, and reality

But our wiser years still run back to the despised recollections of childhood, and always we are fishing up some wonderful article out of that pond; until, by and by, we begin to suspect that the biography of the one foolish person we know is, in reality, nothing less than the miniature paraphrase of the hundred volumes of the Universal History.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: “Intellect” from Essays: First Series (1841)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on concern, day, foolishness, soul, and words

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Essays. Self-Reliance

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A Quote by Publilius Syrus on fear and foolishness

It is foolish to fear that which you cannot avoid. -Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes

Publilius Syrus (fl. 1st Cent. BC -)

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A Quote by Neil Postman on belief, confidence, conflict, conscience, creation, evolution, foolishness, ideas, laws, purpose, religion, science, teaching, and universe

Educators may bring upon themselves unnecessary travail by taking a tactless and unjustifiable position about the relation between scientific and religious narratives. We see this, of course, in the conflict concerning creation science. Some educators representing, as they think, the conscience of science act much like those legislators who in 1925 prohibited by law the teaching of evolution in Tennessee. In that case, anti-evolutionists were fearful that a scientific idea would undermine religious belief. Today, pro-evolutionists are fearful that a religious idea will undermine scientific belief. The former had insufficient confidence in religion; the latter insufficient confidence in science. The point is that profound but contradictory ideas may exist side by side, if they are constructed from different materials and methods and have different purposes. Each tells us something important about where we stand in the universe, and it is foolish to insist that they must despise each other.

Neil Postman (19?? -)

Source: Neil Postman, The End of Education, Alfred Knopf, New York, 1995, p 107.

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A Quote by Neal A. Maxwell on argument, certainty, foolishness, god, justice, life, people, possibility, prudence, weakness, and world

There is also the very real possibility that, in the justice of God, one of the reasons He uses the weak and the foolish of the world is so that no argument could be made later that certain people were advantaged in some unfair way by that which was unearned-either in the premortal life or here. Hence it seems prudent for us to realize that just because one is set apart or ordained to a certain calling or assignment he or she must not expect to be set apart from the stresses of life. There appear to be no immunities.

Neal Maxwell (1926 -)

Source: Sermons Not Spoken, p.26, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. Used by permission.

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A Quote by Minna Thomas Antrim on devil, foolishness, and illusions

Illusion is the dust the devil throws in the eyes of the foolish.

Minna Thomas Antrim (1861 - ?)

Source: Naked Truths and Veiled Illusions

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A Quote by Minna Thomas Antrim on foolishness and women

It takes more than a wise man to keep track of a foolish woman.

Minna Thomas Antrim (1861 - ?)

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A Quote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra on ambition, business, difficulty, foolishness, learning, and world

Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world. Yet from this lesson thou will learn to avoid the frog's foolish ambition of swelling to rival the bigness of the ox.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 - 1616)

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A Quote by Michio Kaku on foolishness, honesty, persistence, physics, science, scientists, theory, and work

There are many examples of old, incorrect theories that stubbornly persisted, sustained only by the prestige of foolish but well-connected scientists. . . . Many of these theories have been killed off only when some decisive experiment exposed their incorrectness. .. Thus the yeoman work in any science, and especially physics, is done by the experimentalist, who must keep the theoreticians honest.

Michio Kaku

Source: Michio Kaku Hyperspace, Oxford University Press, 1995, p 263.

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