A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, values, differences, oppositions, perspectives, issues, polemics, hierarchies, illusions, delusions, judgments, superiority, inferiority, rationality, objectivity, hierarchicalism, preferences, idiotia, aristeia, a

Values by their very nature tend to seed differences and oppositions, i.e. to make it possible for us to detect and appreciate the various perspectives from which issues may be seen; even though we (by a profound self-misconception) may find this psychologically and socially unpleasant, for the sake of value-intelligence we must learn to live and to thrive AMIDST such polemics, "in medias res," in utmost self-uncertainty and insecurity. Values, also by their inherent character and natural function, tend to form hierarchies; and even though our egos and appetites and illusions and delusions may resent being afflicted with judgments of rank and superiority/inferiority, again for the sake of connoisseurial and wisdom-seeking value-intelligence we have to stretch and traumatize our minds aristically to understand the rationality and objectivity of such intrinsic hierarchicalism, valid and authoritative over and beyond all that we may have cultivated as our idiosyncratic and subjectivist preferences (idiotia). Aristeia is naturally ingrained in the very nature of values; values are naturally ingrained in the very character and laws of nature.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Wendell Willke on tolerance, america, and superiority

No man has a right, in America, to treat any other man TOLERANTLY, for TOLERANCE is the assumption of superiority.

Wendell Willke

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A Quote by Sir Walter Runciman on napoleon, superiority, and partiality

In my early sea-life, I used to listen to the eccentric and
complicated views expressed by a race of seamen long since passed
away. Occasionally there were amongst the crew one or two who had the
true British hypothetical belief in the demoniacal character of
Napoleon, but this was not the general view of the men with whom I
sailed; and after the lapse of many years, I often wonder how it came
about that such definite partiality in regard to this wonderful being
could have been formed, and the conclusion that impresses me most is,
that his many acts of kindness to his own men, the absence of flogging
and other debasing treatment in his own service, his generosity and
consideration for the comfort of British prisoners during the wars,
his ultimate defeat by the combined forces of Europe, the despicable
advantage they took of the man who was their superior in everything,
and to whom in other days the allied Kings had bent in homage, had
become known to the English sailors.

Walter Runciman

Source: The Tragedy of St. Helena

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A Quote by Lin Yutang on superiority, heart, rationality, perfection, weakness, and smoking

I am willing to allow that smoking is a moral weakness, but on the other hand, we must beware of the man without weaknesses. He is not to be trusted. He is apt to be always sober and he cannot make a single mistake. His habits are likely to be regular, his existence more mechanical and his head always maintains its supremacy over his heart. Much as I like reasonable persons, I hate completely rational beings.

Lin Yutang (1895 - 1976)

Source: The Importance Of Living

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A Quote by François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld on superiority, self-delusion, and arrogance

The true means of being misled is to believe oneself finer than the others.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)

Source: Quoted in Beggars Ride by Nancy Kress, Tor Books, 1997, p. 341

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A Quote by Lao Tzu on diligence, laughter, people, ridicule, and superiority

When superior people hear of the Way, they carry it out with diligence. When middling people hear of the Way, it sometimes seems to be there, sometimes not. When lesser people hear of the Way, they ridicule it greatly. If they didn't laugh at it, it wouldn't be the Way.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

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A Quote by Confucius on ability, facts, limitations, men, and superiority

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Abraham H. Maslow on actualize, awareness, desires, ideas, impulses, and superiority

Whereas the average individuals "often have not the slightest idea of what they are, of what they want, of what their own opinions are," self-actualizing individuals have "superior awareness of their own impulses, desires, opinions, and subjective reactions in general.

Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)

Source: Motivation & Personality

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on family, love, and superiority

Where does the family start? It starts with a young man falling in love with a girl - no superior alternative has yet been found.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: A Churchill Reader, edited by Colin Coote

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A Quote by William Osler on satisfaction and superiority

Perhaps no sin so easily besets us as a sense of self-satisfied superiority to others.

William Osler (1849 - 1919)

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