Friday, October 20, 2006

Quotable Quotes

Recently I posted some of my favorite quotes, when I got into a busy stretch. Time is short for me today, so I'll leave you with some more of my favorite quotes.

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. - Francis Bacon

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. - Confucius

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. - Plato

Much learning does not teach understanding. - Heraclitus

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. - Aristotle

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. - Erasmus


All_I_Can_Stands said...

The "kingdom of the blind" is my favorite. Interestingly, H.G. Wells wrote a short story I find facinating called "Country of the Blind". It is about a two-eyed man who actually stumbles into an actual valley where all are blind due to something in the water. He eagerly thinks of your quote and thinks he is now destined to be king. But.....(sorry, no spoilers)

However, you can read it at the following link:

Shah Alexander said...

>Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. - Confucius

This is something Socrates said. Real truth is universal. In those days, there were no direct contacts between Greece and China.

According to Wikipedia, Socrates lived from 470 to 399 BC, while Confucius lived from 551 to 479 BC. Is Socrates a reincarnation of Confucius?

Both philosophers were repressed by the authority when they were alive. Both philosophers left much influence for the future.

They represent wisdom of the East and the West.

LASunsett said...


//Interestingly, H.G. Wells wrote a short story I find facinating called "Country of the Blind".//

As I read this, I am thinking I read this many years ago. It sure sounds familiar. I will have to go and read the story and see.


LASunsett said...


//Real truth is universal.//

I believe that there are certain immutable truths that exist in the world. While not all will ever recognize them as such, they are nonetheless, true.

Truth needs no validation. People may need validation to believe truth, but truth is still truth whether believed by anyone, or not.

Truth is not subject to democracy, there are no polls that affect it. Whether polls are right or wrong, truth is still truth.

All_I_Can_Stands said...

Did you get to read the story? Just wondering.

LASunsett said...


Yes sir, I did. I am not sure I read it earlier, I don't think I did. But had heard about it somewhere along the line. Very interesting, thanks for pointing me towrds it.