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Negative Capability

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Don’t Quote Me

As a person who is in touch with his creative side, I know it's important to document inspiration whenever and wherever you find it. Thanks to technology, I no longer have to worry about losing scraps of paper with great ideas on them, instead I can save those ideas, back them up to the cloud and then never do anything with them. That's a luxury that I can afford. When I come across a quote that tickles my fancy, I put in a text file and save it for future use. I have used a lot of the quotes but here are some that I love but I haven't found a place for. Now that I have put them here I can say I used them and keep looking for new quotes.

I find as the years pass that more and more men of achievement and wealth are becoming increasingly concerned over their reputation, over the regard in which they are held by their fellow men. They are more anxious to enhance their standing in public opinion than in Bradstreet’s. It’s a healthy sign. The trouble is, however, that this solicitude for the public’s esteem very often comes only after a life of self-centered, selfish, grasping endeavor, a life based on the devil-take-the-hindmost plane. – B.C. Forbes 1917

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. – James Fenimore Cooper

Man tends to treat all his opinions as principles. – Herbert Agar

Always obey your superiors. If you have any. –Mark Twain

Nobility is expensive, non-productive, and parasitic, siphoning away too much of society’s energy to satisfy its frivolous cravings. –Archaeologist Arthur Demarest in the book The World Without Us, on what caused the collapse of the Mayan Civilization

What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. – Christopher Hitchens

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish. Unknown

If I thought the Jews killed God, I’d worship the Jews. – Bill Hicks

A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. – Marshall McLuhan

Mediocrity is self-inflicted. Genius is self-bestowed. – My Fortune

The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak. – Nietzsche

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently. – Nietzsche

How quickly can you find out what is unusual about this paragraph? It looks so ordinary that you would think that nothing is wrong with it at all—and, in fact, nothing is. But it is a bit odd. Why? If you study it and think about it, you may find out, but I am not going to assist you in any way. You must do it without coaching. No doubt, if you work at it for long, it will dawn on you. Who knows? (The answer is that there is no letter ‘e’ in the whole sentence, the most common letter in English)

“The word ‘god’ is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this." – Albert Einstein

The story of my zine, “When you are a Bear of very little brain and you think of things, you find sometimes that a thing which seems very thing-ish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.” – Winnie the Pooh

And my future, “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that. – George Carlin

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