Wisdom and Ignorance
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Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
In order to keep an open mind, I am trying to avoid learning anything.
Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom.
There is no intellectual exercise which is not ultimately useless.
My advanced age has taught me the resignation of being Borges.
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities that I have visited, all my ancestors... Perhaps I would have liked to be my father, who wrote but has the decency of not publishing.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is its own troubles.
If someone had told me I would be pope one day, I would have studied harder.
'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum -- "I think that I think, therefore I think that I am."
Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the fool their lack of understanding.
Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.
To use a method is to compare the realm of mind to a stool. The true thinker walks freely.