Quotations on Intellectualism





“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

                                                  Isaac Asimov



“In the end the Party would announce that two and two made five, and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy.”

                                                   George Orwell



“I’m tired of ignorance held up as inspiration, where vicious anti-intellectualism is considered a positive trait, and where uninformed opinion is displayed as fact.”

                                                      Phil Plait


“For democracy to survive, Americans must learn to embrace intellectualism, reject cult-like behavior, employ analysis, understand and use science, and think for themselves.”

                                                      Charles F. French






42 thoughts on “Quotations on Intellectualism

  1. Excellent, Charles. I enjoyed all of the quotes. Orwell is always a particular favorite of mine. Thank you. The message is one that I have been expounding for decades. Perhaps as I was introduced early to reading? Or, perhaps because at an early age I began crossing the border and was exposed to my younger cousins and their superior education? Most likely, a combination of the two led me to form those opinions early.

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  2. Wow!
    These quotations are so powerful.
    ““For democracy to survive, Americans must learn to embrace intellectualism, reject cult-like behavior, employ analysis, understand and use science, and think for themselves.”
    It seems fairly clear that 72 million Americans will never be able to do this, or MATA.
    Make America Think Again.

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  3. It’s very sad to see these things playing out, Charles. The far-right’s “populist” politics which plays on this prideful ignorance has tried to infiltrate other countries and stoke these prejudices too. Canada is not immune.

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  4. Ran across this one recently, which seemed oh so appropo on so many fronts in modern society AND, well, has helped me to ‘chuckle’ instead of fume when I observer various things around me: “”Occasionally he stumbled over the truth but he always picked himself up and hurried on as if nothing had happened.” – Winston Churchill

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  5. Not everyone is dealt the same hand at birth. Many are concrete thinkers, focused on what they can see and touch. Learning only the hard way, by experience. And without enough imagination or curiosity to explore possibilities, good or bad. As long as there are as many or more of them as intellectuals, they have to be taken into consideration or reckoned with in a democracy. Possibly it’s an aspect of evolution. But regardless, they are the down to earth, pragmatic, kind to those of their tribe, but blind to the larger, longer picture. They don’t choose to be this way. They were born this way. In a fostering, mentoring, not demeaning relationship they can become more aware and open. But in a climate of us against them, they will dig in and fight for their way of being in the world.

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