Quotations

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“Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he usually proves that he is one himself.” — H.L. Mencken

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“Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.” — Anton Chekhov

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“Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but rather memory.” — Leonardo

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“Wandering in a vast forest at night, I have only a faint light to guide me. A stranger appears and says to me: ‘My friend, you should blow out your candle in order to find your way more clearly.’ This stranger is a theologian.” — Diderot

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“Lord Dawson was not a good doctor. King George V himself told me that he would never have died had he had another doctor.” — Margot Asquith, to the young Lord David Cecil

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“Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.” — Quintilian

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“Nearly every example of faulty reasoning that has been published is accompanied by the phrase ‘of course’ or its equivalent.” — Donald E. Knuth

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“A highbrow is a person educated beyond his intelligence.” — Brander Matthews

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“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” — Bertrand Russell

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.” — George Bernard Shaw

“Leave something to wish for, so as not to be miserable from very happiness.” — Baltasar Gracián

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“How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality?” — Albert Einstein

“The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve.” — Eugene Wigner