A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.

Quotes: Open-mindedness and Prejudice

“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

“There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.”
Lord Acton

“Yet see how elastic our stiff prejudices grow when love once comes to bend them.”
Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (chapter 11, paragraph 3)

“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”
Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man

“It is a narrow mind which cannot look at a subject from various points of view.”
George Eliot

“One trouble with having read nothing worth reading is that one never fully understands the other side of one’s argument, never understands that the argument is an old one (all great arguments are), never understands the dignity and worth of the people one has cast as enemies.”
John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

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