— John Kenneth Galbraith American economist and diplomat 1908 - 2006
The Affluent Society (1958), Chapter 2, Section IV, p. 21
„The Chinese, in their infinite wisdom, have taught me that one must know when to choose between the primary and secondary enemy. For China, the primary enemy is the Soviet Union, and the secondary one is America. Therefore, they deal with the Soviet Union first, and America later. For me, the primary enemy is American imperialism and Lon Nol's fascism. My secondary enemies are the communists. Thus, I choose to ally myself with the secondary enemy to defeat the primary.“
— John Kenneth Galbraith American economist and diplomat 1908 - 2006
— Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 766 - 818
Regarding Knowledge & Wisdom, General, Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 467.
„Transformation: Compassion and loving kindness can transform an enemy into a friend, while right view and wisdom can transform suffering into happiness.“
— Thich Nhat Tu Vietnamese philosopher 1969
Buddhist Socteriological Ethics: A Study of the Buddha’s Central Teachings (1999)
„Women … do not have to forsake the "wisdom of the heart" and become men. They need only transfer the primary force of their supportiveness to themselves and to each other—but never to the point of self-sacrifice.“
— Phyllis Chesler Psychotherapist, college professor, and author 1940
Women and Madness (1972, 2005), Women and Madness (2005), p. 348, and see Women and Madness (1972), p. 301 (similar text).
„On the contrary, we are the sternest enemies of invasion of person and property, and, although chiefly busy in destroying the causes thereof, have no scruples against such heroic treatment of its immediate manifestations as circumstances and wisdom may dictate.“
— Benjamin Ricketson Tucker American journalist and anarchist 1854 - 1939
Individual Liberty (1926), Anarchism and Crime, Context: Where crime exists, force must exist to repress it. Who denies it? Certainly not Liberty; certainly not the Anarchists. Anarchism is not a revival of non-resistance, though there may be non-resistants in its ranks. The direction of Mr. Ball's attack implies that we would let robbery, rape, and murder make havoc in the community without lifting a finger to stay their brutal, bloody work. On the contrary, we are the sternest enemies of invasion of person and property, and, although chiefly busy in destroying the causes thereof, have no scruples against such heroic treatment of its immediate manifestations as circumstances and wisdom may dictate. It is true that we look forward to the ultimate disappearance of the necessity of force even for the purpose of repressing crime, but this, though involved in it as a necessary result, is by no means a necessary condition of the abolition of the State.
— John Cheever American novelist and short story writer 1912 - 1982
The Late Forties and the Fifties, 1956 entry.
„This much will I say for myself — and on this point I do not blush for praising myself — that I have never philosophized save for the sake of philosophy, nor have I ever desired or hoped to secure from my studies and my laborious researches any profit or fruit save cultivation of mind and knowledge of the truth — things I esteem more and more with the passage of time. I have also been so avid for this knowledge and so enamored of it that I have set aside all private and public concerns to devote myself completely to contemplation; and from it no calumny of jealous persons, nor any invective from enemies of wisdom has ever been able to detach me.“
— Giovanni Pico della Mirandola humanist and philosopher from Italy 1463 - 1494
Oration on the Dignity of Man (1496), Dabo hoc mihi, et me ipsum hac ex parte laudare nihil erubescam, me numquam alia de causa philosophatum nisi ut philosopharer, nec ex studiis meis, ex meis lucubrationibus, mercedem ullam aut fructum vel sperasse alium vel quesiisse, quam animi cultum et a me semper plurimum desideratae veritatis cognitionem. Cuius ita cupidus semper et amantissimus fui ut, relicta omni privatarum et publicarum rerum cura, contemplandi ocio totum me tradiderim; a quo nullae invidorum obtrectationes, nulla hostium sapientiae maledicta, vel potuerunt ante hac, vel in posterum me deterrere poterunt. 25. 158-159; translation by A. Robert Caponigri
„Theoretical knowledge is only a small and by no means the most important part of what passed for knowledge in a society… the primary knowledge about the institutional order is knowledge… is the sum total of ‘what everybody knows’ about a social world, an assemblage of maxims, morals, proverbial nuggets of wisdom, values and beliefs, myths, and so forth.“
— Peter L. Berger Austrian-born American sociologist 1929
The Social Construction of Reality, 1966, p. 65
„The God that Paul invented for himself, a God who "reduced to absurdity" "the wisdom of this world" (especially the two great enemies of superstition, philology and medicine), is in truth only an indication of Paul's resolute determination to accomplish that very thing himself: to give one's own will the name of God, Torah — that is essentially Jewish.“
— Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
The Antichrist (1888), Sec. 47
„So I say to you, citizens of the last Arab country, this is a time for courage, for unity, for wisdom, for determination, to face these enemies with the dignity your president has shown, and I believe, God willing, we will prevail and triumph, wa-salam aleikum.“
— George Galloway British politician, broadcaster, and writer 1954
MemriTV http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP102405 Speech at the University of Damascus, televised on Al-Jazeera TV on November 13, 2005
„A lot of common wisdom like that isn’t just mistaken, it’s anti-epistemology, it’s systematically wrong. Every rule of rationality that tells you how to find the truth, there’s someone out there who needs you to believe the opposite. If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy; and there’s a lot of people out there telling lies.“
— Eliezer Yudkowsky American blogger, writer, and artificial intelligence researcher 1979
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (2010 - 2015), Context: Lies propagate, that’s what I’m saying. You’ve got to tell more lies to cover them up, lie about every fact that’s connected to the first lie. And if you kept on lying, and you kept on trying to cover it up, sooner or later you’d even have to start lying about the general laws of thought. Like, someone is selling you some kind of alternative medicine that doesn’t work, and any double-blind experimental study will confirm that it doesn’t work. So if someone wants to go on defending the lie, they’ve got to get you to disbelieve in the experimental method. Like, the experimental method is just for merely scientific kinds of medicine, not amazing alternative medicine like theirs. Or a good and virtuous person should believe as strongly as they can, no matter what the evidence says. Or truth doesn’t exist and there’s no such thing as objective reality. A lot of common wisdom like that isn’t just mistaken, it’s anti-epistemology, it’s systematically wrong. Every rule of rationality that tells you how to find the truth, there’s someone out there who needs you to believe the opposite. If you once tell a lie, the truth is ever after your enemy; and there’s a lot of people out there telling lies. Harry Potter in Ch. 65 http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/65/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
„The Bush Doctrine is democratic imperialism. This will bleed, bankrupt and isolate this republic. This overthrows the wisdom of the Founding Fathers about what America should be all about.“
— Patrick Buchanan American politician and commentator 1938
2000s, Where the Right Went Wrong (2004)
„My heart, have you no wisdom thus to despair?
My love, my love, my love, why have you left me alone?“
— James Joyce Irish novelist and poet 1882 - 1941
From the poem I Hear an Army http://www.bartleby.com/103/128.html
„To me, God is the accumulated wisdom I've gathered throughout my life. When I pay attention, my body gives me a printout of this wisdom.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
Interview by Jonathan Robinson (1994), p. 183.