quote by Larry Ellison

The only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom.

— Larry Ellison

Impressive Conventional Wisdom quotations

Conventional wisdom quote It hurts because it matters.

It hurts because it matters.

I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions... Don't take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can't. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.

Worldly wisdom teaches that it is better for reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally.

Conventional wisdom quote Be not afraid of going slowly, Be afraid of standing still.

Be not afraid of going slowly, Be afraid of standing still.

Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left.

Conventional wisdom is no wisdom at all.

Conventional wisdom is taking somebody else's word for the way things are It's the followers of this world who rely on assumption. Not the leaders.

I'm very proud of the Rome episode of 'No Reservations' because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You're never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white.

Conventional wisdom quote How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.

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Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed levees and exploded the conventional wisdom about a shared American prosperity, exposing a group of people so poor they didn't have $50 for a bus ticket out of town. If we want to learn something from this disaster, the lesson ought to be: America's poor deserve better than this.

Strings of coincidence can strengthen us in the determination to follow our deepest intuitions even when they run counter to conventional wisdom and logic and cannot be subjected to rational explanation.

The conventional wisdom is often wrong.

Conventional wisdom quote A ship in harbour is safe but thats not what ships are for.

A ship in harbour is safe but thats not what ships are for.

Conventional wisdom would have one believe.

All new ideas begin in a non-conforming mind that questions some tenet of the conventional wisdom.

Science is based on experiment, on a willingness to challenge old dogma, on an openness to see the universe as it really is. Accordingly, science sometimes requires courage - at the very least the courage to question the conventional wisdom.

Conventional wisdom quote Every time you judge someone else, you reveal an unhealed part of yourself.

Every time you judge someone else, you reveal an unhealed part of yourself.

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Sometimes God gives instructions that go against conventional wisdom, such as treating people kindly when they're hateful. Who really wants to do that? Instructions like that may not always make sense, so that's why I need to trust and obey the One who inspired them.

Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes.

Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story.

Conventional wisdom quote Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise

Work hard in silence, let your success be the noise

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Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom.

Active management strategies demand uninstitutional behavior from institutions, creating a paradox that few can unravel. Establishing and maintaining an unconventional investment profile requires acceptance of uncomfortably idiosyncratic portfolios, which frequently appear downright imprudent in the eyes of conventional wisdom.

The most important aspect of my personality as far as determining my success goes; has been my questioning conventional wisdom, doubting experts and questioning authority. While that can be painful in your relationships with your parents and teachers, it's enormously useful in life.

Conventional wisdom quote Silence is better than bullshit.

Silence is better than bullshit.

People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it.

Never accept conventional wisdom when it comes to finance.

If others keep failing, why do you want to follow them?

Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment

Conventional wisdom quote Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

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You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands.

Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom.

Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake.

Conventional wisdom quote Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sad

Life is like a piano, the white keys represent happiness and the black shows sadness, but as you go through life's journey, remember that the black keys also makes music.

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The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box.

The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field.

Analysts may be correct that the presidential election won't primarily turn on entitlements reform, but by choosing Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney can, contrary to conventional wisdom, make it a winning issue and lay the foundation for a reform mandate when he wins.

Progress is not a straight line; the future is not a mere projection of trends in the present. Rather, it is revolutionary. It overturns the conventional wisdom of the present, which often conceals or ignores the clues to the future.

Conventional wisdom quote Stop trying to calm the storm. Calm yourself, the storm will pass.

Stop trying to calm the storm. Calm yourself, the storm will pass.

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No morn ever dawned more favorable than ours did;

and no day was every more clouded than the present! Wisdom, and good examples are necessary at this time to rescue the political machine from the impending storm.

I think conventional wisdom is that time is not on our side.

But there are a number of members of Congress who have primaries and when those primaries are done, they may be more inclined to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.

Conventional wisdom quote A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.

A mistake repeated more than once is a decision.

Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.

The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.

Screening out peer pressure and conventional wisdom.

It is so powerful, that most of us aren't even aware of how much it is influencing our decisions.

If you are the kind of person who listens to conservative advice, you may do okay in life, but you probably won't ever be a fantastic leader. You have to take risks, and you also have to go against conventional wisdom, because conventional wisdom doesn't make for startling advances in society.

There are no shortcuts to knowledge, especially knowledge gained from personal experience. Following conventional wisdom and relying on shortcuts can be worse than knowing nothing at all.

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