Second Thoughts

n. a change of mind

“To change your mind and to follow him who sets you right is to be nonetheless the free agent that you were before.” — Marcus Aurelius

“When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” — John Maynard Keynes

“Why should you mind being wrong if someone can show you that you are?” — A.J. Ayer (attributed)


“Outside of the proven impossible, there probably can be found no better example of the speculative tendency carrying man to the verge of the chimerical than in his attempts to imitate the birds, or no field where so much inventive seed has been sown with so little return as in the attempts of man to fly successfully through the air. … It may be truly said that, so far as the hope of a commercial solution of the problem is concerned, man is to-day no nearer fulfillment than he was ages ago when he first dreamed of flying.” — Rear Admiral George W. Melville, engineer-in-chief, U.S. Navy, 1901