This thread started nine years ago with a quote by Homer, so I thought it was time for another.

“I've learned that life is one crushing defeat after another until you just wish Flanders was dead.”

When you do something good nobody notice but commit a single mistake and people will judge you.

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge’.

  • Isaac Asimov, January 21, 1980

Upon this first, and in one sense this sole, rule of reason, that in order to learn you must desire to learn, and in so desiring not be satisfied with what you already incline to think, there follows one corollary, which itself deserves to be inscribed upon every wall of the city of philosophy:

Do not block the way of inquiry.

  • Charles Sanders Peirce

It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of sceptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish useful ideas from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all.

  • Carl Sagan,

"Sir, you have held yourself as if you had in no ways been subject to the Law, as if you were the Law's superior. The Law, sir, is your superior."

  • Richard Bradshaw, chief prosecutor at the trial of King Charles I (for treason)

A wise repairman once shared this nugget with me. Can't find a name to give credit to.

When unsure what part to replace, start with the cheapest part first.

I have used this advice many times over the years. As I do a lot of computer work, I always do the free stuff first then move to the cheapest part and so on. Some may fault this method. I don't.

The old faiths light their candles all about, but burly truth comes by and blows them out.

  • Lizette W. Reese

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

  • Voltaire

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.

  • M. Golding
commented: When I wrote this code, only God & I understood what it did. Now only God knows. +0

The evil in the world comes almost always from ignorance, and goodwill can cause as much damage as ill-will if it is not enlightened. People are more often good than bad, though in fact that is not the question. But they are more or less ignorant and this is what one calls vice or virtue, the most appalling vice being the ignorance that thinks it knows everything and which consequently authorizes itself to kill. The murderer’s soul is blind, and there is no true goodness or fine love without the greatest possible degree of clear-sightedness.

  • Albert Camus (1947)