Thursday, November 18, 2004

Quotations #010

"Certainty about prediction is an illusion. One thing that history keeps teaching us is that the future is full of surprises and outwits all our certitudes." -- Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

"The impertinent question is the glory and engine of human inquiry. ... Whether reviled or revered in their lifetimes, history's movers framed their questions in ways that were entirely disrespectful of conventional wisdom. Civilization has always advanced in the shimmering wake of its discontents." -- Garry Trudeau, Commencement address, Trinity College, Hartford CT, 2003.

"Not only are there no happy endings, there aren't even any endings." -- Neil Gaiman, American Gods (2001: 483)

"We should do more and engage less in empty talk." -- Deng Xiaoping

"The best way I know of to win an argument is to start by being in the right." -- Quentin Hogg, M.D.

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