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More Words of Wisdom From A Past Leader

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How To Be A Great Thinker

My very favorite quote about how to make yourself a better thinker is from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:

 “Listen, Easy now,” said the old man gently.  “I know, I know.  You’re afraid of making mistakes.  Don’t be.  Mistakes can be profited by.  Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people’s faces.  They beat me with sticks.  By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me.  If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.”

You want to hone your reasoning powers to a fine cutting point?  Make people force you to reason in the most strenuous ways possible, and do the same for your friends.

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