Quotations on Intellectualism

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“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

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“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

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“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

18 thoughts on “Quotations on Intellectualism

  1. The anti-intellectualism I encountered in higher education administration was particularly confounding. I just couldn’r understand it. As a faculty colleague used to tell his students in critical thinking class, you have a right to your own opinion–but you don’t have a right to your own facts.

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  2. “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

    “There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    “Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.” – Voltaire

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