Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.

— Bergen Evans

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Authors are magpies, echoing each other's words and seizing avidly on anything that glitters.

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Wisdom is meaningless until our own experience has given it meaning.

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The mere abhorrence of vice is not a virtue at all.

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The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical, to demand the credentials of all statements that claim to be facts.

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Lying is an indispensable part of making life tolerable.

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It (the dash ) is a comfortable punctuation mark since even the most rigorous critic can seldom claim that any particular example of it is a misuse. Its overuse is its greatest danger, and the writer who can't resist dashes may be suspected of uncoordinated thinking.

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That is the essence of a witch-hunt, that any questioning of the evidence or the procedures in itself constitutes proof of complicity.

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An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis.

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Stoicism is the wisdom of madness and cynicism the madness of wisdom.

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Words are one of our chief means of adjusting to all the situations of life.

The better control we have over words, the more successful our adjustment is likely to be.

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The civilized man has a moral obligation to be skeptical.

. . . Any man who for one moment abandons or suspends the questioning spirit has for that moment betrayed humanity.

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There is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.

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About Bergen Evans

Quotes 24 sayings
Birthday October 16

Legislators who are of even average intelligence stand out among their colleagues. . . . A cultured college president has become as much a rarity as a literate newspaper publisher. A financier interested in economics is as exceptional as a labor leader interested in the labor movement. For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front; they [only] marshal us in the way that we are going.

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Speech is highly elliptical. It would scarcely be endurable otherwise. Ellipsis is indispensable to the writer or speaker who wants to be brief and pithy, but it can easily cause confusion and obscurity and must be used with skill.

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For the most part our leaders are merely following out in front;

they do but marshal us the way that we are going.

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There is no necessary connection between the desire to lead and the ability to lead, and even less the ability to lead somewhere that will be to the advantage of the led...

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We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.

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We see what we want to see, and observation conforms to hypothesis.

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Most civilized lives are measured out with coffee spoons.

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We may be through with the past, but the past is not through with us.

Ideas of the Stone Age exist side by side with the latest scientific thought. Only a fraction of mankind has emerged from the Dark Ages, and in the most lucid brains, as Logan Pearsall Smith has said, we come upon nests of woolly caterpillars. Seemingly sane men entrust their wealth to stargazers and their health to witch doctors. Giant planes throb through the stratosphere, but half their passengers are wearing magic amulets and are protected from harm by voodoo incantations. Hotels boast of express elevators and a telephone in every room, but omit thirteen from all floor and room numbers lest their guests be ill at ease.

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Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom.

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Many studies have established the fact that there is a high correlation between vocabulary and intelligence and that the ability to increase one's vocabulary throughout life is a sure reflection of intellectual progress.

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Leadership is more likely to be assumed by the aggressive than by the able, and those who scramble to the top are more often motivated by their own inner torments.

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