A Quote by Immanuel Kant on atheism, criticism, danger, fanaticism, idealism, schools, skepticism, superstition, and thinking

Criticism alone can sever the root of materialism, fatalism, atheism, free-thinking, fanaticism, and superstition, which can be injurious universally; as well as of idealism and skepticism, which are dangerous chiefly to the Schools, and hardly allow of being handed on to the public.

Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Source: Critique of Pure Reason, 1781

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A Quote by Herbert Spencer on action, errors, life, men, politics, power, revolution, and superstition

Anyone who studies the state of things which preceded the French Revolution will see that the tremendous catastrophe came about from so excessive a regulation of men's actions in all their details, and such an enormous drafting away of the products of their actions to maintain the regulating organization, that life was fast becoming impracticable. And if we ask what then made, and now makes, this error possible, we find it to be the political superstition that governmental power is subject to no restraints.

Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903)

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A Quote by Helen Adams Keller on adventure, children, danger, experience, life, men, nature, security, and superstition

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

Source: The Open Door (1957)

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on commitment, memory, men, observation, and superstition

The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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A Quote by Edward O. Sisson on children, clarity, confusion, desires, enemies, facts, generations, good, habits, hatred, ignorance, instinct, knowledge, learning, life, love, men, men and women, needs, perception, philosophy, problems, reading, remedies,

Abraham Lincoln tells somewhere that as a boy when he met an obscure or ambiguous sentence in his reading it threw him into a sort of rage. The fact is that this was simply a form of instinct for clear thinking which is found in every child and manifests itself abundantly to the perception of the good teacher. Far more important than any particular piece of knowledge, than geography or arithmetic or spelling, is this love of clearness in our mental life and instinctive hatred of confusion and obscurity. Let us learn to know what we know clearly and definitely, and also how we know it. The great intellectual need of men and women in the outer world is not so much more knowledge as it is better knowledge and better thinking. There is much philosophy in the humorist's remark, "It was never my ignorance that done me up, but the things I know'd that wasn't so." The great enemies of intellectual life are superstition, gullibility, and fallacious reasoning. A mere knowledge of facts, important as that is, is no safeguard against these. A conscious desire and resolve to think clearly is the true remedy. Our national success will depend largely upon the development of a generation of men and women who have formed a love and habit of clear thinking and who can do their part in solving the problems that confront civilized man today.

Edward O. Sisson

Source: The Essentials of Character, The Macmillan Company, 1915

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on religion and superstition

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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A Quote by Donald DeMarco on body, certainty, clarity, idealism, knowledge, philosophy, religion, science, superiority, superstition, traditions, and world

Science is a body of truths which offers clear and certain knowledge about the real world and is therefore superior to tradition, philosophy, religion, dogma, and superstition which offer shadowy knowledge about an ideal world

Donald DeMarco

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on beginning, cruelty, fear, life, superstition, truth, and wisdom

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom, in the pursuit of truth as in the endeavor after a worthy manner of life.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Source: An Outline of Intellectual Rubbish

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A Quote by Arthur James, Lord Balfour on effort, happiness, idleness, life, pleasure, superstition, support, trouble, and work

The superstition that all our hours of work are a minus quantity in the happiness of life, and all the hours of idleness are plus ones, is a most ludicrous and pernicious doctrine, and its greatest support comes from our not taking sufficient trouble, not making a real effort, to make work as near pleasure as it can be.

Arthur James Balfour (1848 - 1930)

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A Quote by Andrew W. Mathis on luck and superstition

It is bad luck to be superstitious.

Andrew W. Mathis

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