The essence of the Liberal outlook lies not in *what* opinions are held, but in *how* they are held: instead of being held dogmatically, they are held tentatively, and with a consciousness that new evidence may at any moment lead to their abandonment.? This is the way in which opinions are held in science, as opposed to the way in which they are held in theology.? The decisions of the Council of Nicaea are still authoritative, but in science fourth-century opinions no longer carry any weight.
Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970 )
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE )
In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996 )
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact than a drunken man is happier than a sober one.
George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate (1856-1950 )
All of life is a foreign country.
Jack Kerouac, author (1922-1969)
Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings.
W.H. Auden, poet (1907-1973 )
By the age of six the average child will have completed the basic American education. ... From television, the child will have learned how to pick a lock, commit a fairly elaborate bank holdup, prevent wetness all day long, get the laundry twice as white, and kill people with a variety of sophisticated armaments.
Russell Baker, columnist and author (1925- )
I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.
James Baldwin, writer (1924-1987 )
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Edgar Allan Poe, poet and short-story writer (1809-1849)
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.