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"I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace,"
-- Pope Francis, Christmas 2013
"You and I have memories longer than the road that stretches out ahead."
-- Steve Jobs quoting the Beatles song 'Two of Us'
So powerful is the need for consonance that when people are forced to look at disconfirming evidence, they will find a way to criticize, distort, or dismiss it so that they can maintain or even strengthen their existing belief. This mental contortion is called the "confirmation bias."
-- Caroll Tavris, Elliot Aronson
"The moment you declare a set of ideas to be immune from criticism, satire, derision, or contempt, freedom of thought becomes impossible."
-- Salman Rushdie
"Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth."
- Mahatma Ghandi
"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."
-- Bertrand Russell
"It is one of the essential features of such incompetence that the person so afflicted is incapable of knowing that he is incompetent. To have such knowledge would already be to remedy a good portion of the offense."
-- Miller, W. I. (1993). Humiliation. (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press)
"Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge."
-- Darwin, C. (1871). The descent of man. (London: John Murray)
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom."
--Proverbs 11:2 NIV