Thursday, May 03, 2007

Quote of the day

'Opinions and fish - Possessing opinions is like possessing fish, assuming one has a fish pond. One has to go fishing and needs some luck - then one has one's own fish, one's own opinions. I am speaking of live opinions, of live fish. Others are satisfied if they own a cabinet of fossils - and in their heads, "convictions."' - Friedrich Nietzsche


Anonymous said...

I just found this quote looking for another one:

Nothing is more dangerous than active ignorance
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

But I was actually looking for this quote:

William James used to preach the 'will to believe'. For my part, I should wish to preach the 'will to doubt'.... What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Bertrand Russell (1928, Skeptical Essays)

Hume's Ghost said...

Both good quotes. Thanks.