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Knowledge

HL Mencken

HL Mencken

“I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.”


–HL Mencken

True Humility

Tom Lehrer

Tom Lehrer

“It is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age, he had been dead for two years.”


Tom Lehrer (at age 37)

Misapprehension

Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett

“To label me an intellectual is a misunderstanding of what that is.”


–Dick Cavett

[photo courtesy of the New York Times Opinion blog; thank you!]

Mencken’s Marketing

HL Mencken

HL Mencken

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.”


–H.L. Mencken

Ignorance

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

“An ignorant person is one who doesn’t know what you have just found out.”


–Will Rogers

Education

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

“[I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. …The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think.”
–Albert Einstein

The True Purpose of Education is to Illuminate Your Own Ignorance

J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer

No man should escape our universities without knowing how little he knows.


–J. Robert Oppenheimer

Great Spirits

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”
–Albert Einstein

The Grapes of Wrath

Will Rogers

Will Rogers

“When the Okies left Oklahoma and moved to California, it raised the I.Q. of both states.”


–Will Rogers

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