Words V

Arguing with ______ is liking wrestling with a pig in mud, after a while you realize the pig is enjoying it!

double-think, n: acceptance of opposing beliefs; holding two opposing beliefs at the same time -- coined by George Orwell, 1984 (see also: cognitive dissonance, theory; sunshower)

Society is shaped more by the media that transmit information than by the information itself. -- old cultural theory

The medium is the message -- Marshall McLuhan

The true meaning of a term is to be found by observing what a man does with it, not what he says about it. -- Percy W. Bridgman

Can you understand that which you cannot name?

State the problem in words as clearly as possible.

In good speaking, should not the mind of the speaker know the truth of the matter about which he is to speak?-- Plato (?)

Wisdom has two parts:
1) having a lot to say, and
2) not saying it.

The reason that fiction is more interesting than any other form of literature, to those who really like to study people, is that in fiction the author can really tell the truth without humiliating himself. -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Because if you don't know why you are doing it [surfing web pages], you are going to be pushed around by the most exciting words in a never ending sea of information. -- Ted Selker, BBC article

Plagiarists have, at least, the merit of preservation. -- Benjamin Disraeli

When it became clear in my organism that writing was the most productive direction of my being, everything in me turned in that direction and left all abilities empty that involved the joys of sex, of eating, of drinking, of philosophical thought, and, first of all, of music. I starved in all these directions . . . . I didn't find this purpose [i.e. of writing] consciously, it found itself . . . . -- Franz Kafka, diary entry of January 3, 1912

The real purpose of books is to trap the mind into doing its own thinking. -- Christopher Morley

Any book that has been banned is probably worth reading.

The last thing one knows in constructing a work is what to put first. -- Blaise Pascal

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