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On certainty:
Charles Darwin ("Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge")
Bertrand Russell ("One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision")
Shakespeare expresses similar sentiment in As You Like It ("The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool."
Proverbs 12:15, which states: "The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice."

Confidence: what you have before you understand the problem.

(see also the Dunning-Kruger effect)

Remember the ancient Persians; they never took a decision when drunk that they did not review when sober, and vice versa

Prejudices are rarely overcome by argument; not being founded in reason they cannot be destroyed by logic. Mark Twain.

The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha

Florence King, the brilliant curmudgeonly commentator and author who once wrote: “We may be psychopaths in our own fashion, but we behave because we know that prison life is communal.”

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. Winston Churchill

We only remember the red stoplights.

A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. Benjamin Franklin

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson

Mark Twain: 'It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.'

When a hundred men stand together, each of them loses his mind and gets another one. Friedrich Nietzsche

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind. Albert Camus

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

What men really want is not knowledge but certainty.

Your C20 linear mind is being rewired into C21 lattice mind.

"What do you mean you don't believe in homosexuality? It's not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn't necessary."

"The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!"

Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum -- I think I think, therefore, I think I am. Ambrose Bierce

Philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.Ambrose Bierce

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained. Mark Twain

I've had amnesia for as long as I can remember