The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.
- Stephen Hawking
We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
- T.S. Eliot
Wealth is what you have left when they take all your money away.
We are all much dumber than we think we are. By a lot.
- Elon Musk
Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!
- The Red Queen, Through the Looking-Glass , by Lewis Carroll
Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean its not real?
- Albus Dumbledore, p 723 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows , by J. K. Rowling
You got two choices, lose your life or your persona.
- Vince Staples
It is said that it is more difficult to rule one’s self than a city, and this is no metaphor. This is truth, as literal as it can be made. It is precisely for this reason that we keep trying to rule the city. It is a perversion of pride to cease praying in public, and to clean up the dust under our feet instead. It seems too mundane to treat those we actually face with respect and dignity, when we could be active, against, in the street. Maybe it is more important to strengthen our characters than to repair the world. So much of that reparation seems selfish anyway. It is selfishness and intellectual pride masquerading as love creating a world polluted with good works that don’t work. Who can believe that it is the little choices we make every day between good and evil that turn the world to waste, and hope to despair? But it is the case. We see our immense capacity for evil constantly realized before us, in great things and in small, but can never seem to realize our infinite capacity for good. Who can argue with a Solzhenitsyn when he states, “one man who stops lying can bring down a tyranny”? Christ said, “the kingdom of heaven is spread out upon the earth, but men do not see it.” What if it was nothing but our self-deceit, our cowardice, hatred, and fear, that pollutes our experience and turns our world into hell? This is a hypothesis, at least, as good as any other, and capable of generating hope. Why can’t we make the experiment, and find out if it is true?
- Final sentences of Ch 26 of Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson