Friday, March 25, 2005

Quotations #048

[Reminder: these come out of my file of quotations in no particular order. Relevance is accidental. Emphasis is mine.]

"Man is the only animal that contemplates death, and the only that shows any sign of doubt of its finality." -- William Ernest Hocking

"On one occasion I remarked that democracy had at least one merit, namely, that a Member of Parliament can not be stupider than his constituents, for the more stupid he is, the stupider they were to elect him." -- Bertrand Russell

"It sometimes seems as though we were trying to combine the ideal of no schools at all with the democratic ideal of schools for everybody by having schools without education." -- Robert Maynard Hutchins

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance." -- Will Durant

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?" -- Ronald Reagan

Bonus: Military officers often say that "amateurs study tactics—professionals study logistics." [Philip Carter in Slate/INTEL DUMP, via War Historian]

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