Quotation Explorer - 'Assumptions'

Any community's arm of force - military, police, security - needs people in it who can do necessary evil, and yet not be made evil by it. To do only the necessary and no more. To constantly question the assumptions, to stop the slide into atrocity. - Lois McMaster Bujold
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. - Herman Melville
The appeal by twentieth-century pluralists to scientific method was also ideologically—and even messianically—driven. It ignored scientific data that interfered with environmentalist assumptions and misrepresented socialist faith as scientific planning. - Paul Edward Gottfried
Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness. - Marshall McLuhan
Assumptions can be dangerous, JUST ASK!! - Harrish Sairaman
Whenever pastors assume people in their congregation know certain things, they miss opportunities to teach. If a pastor makes assumptions year after year, then a whole generation has never heard [that truth] for the first time. If we assume too much, we communicate too little. - Andy Stanley
Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them - never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through? - C. S. Lewis
Assumptions are the termites of relationships. - Henry Winkler
We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs - or we don't. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality- or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha's opinion, to train in staying open and curious - to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs - is the best use of our human lives. - Pema Chödrön
Too large a proportion of recent "mathematical" economics are mere concoctions, as imprecise as the initial assumptions they rest on, which allow the author to lose sight of the complexities and interdependencies of the real world in a maze of pretentious and unhelpful symbols. - John Maynard Keynes
Our assumptions of playing "gods" could lead to our own ignorance. - Henry Johnson Jr
Valid questions are better than invalid assumptions. - Matshona Dhliwayo
People make interesting assumptions about the profession. The writer is a mysterious figure, wandering lonely as a cloud, fired by inspiration, or perhaps a cocktail or two. - Sara Sheridan
I know I have this judgmental side that I'm often fighting against. But today I recognized the depths of my assumptions about people. What I envision is nothing remotely similar to the reality. Humility hurts. Coming home is disturbing. - Cindy McCormick Martinusen
To paraphrase Lucretius, there's nothing more useful than to watch a man or woman in times of contagious deadly disease peril combined with his or her assumptions of financial adversity to discern what kind of man or woman they really are. - T.K. Naliaka
The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there's gold in letting go of them.
Listen with an open mind, gather all the incoming information, both verbal and non-verbal and be careful not to ignore things you don’t wish to hear. Don’t make assumptions or jump to conclusions. The punchline usually comes at the end! - Graham Speechley
The successful development of science requires a proper balance to be maintained between the method of building up from observations and the method of deducing by pure reasoning from speculative assumptions. - Paul A.M. Dirac
Leaders live by reality and not by assumptions! - Gary Rohrmayer
Over time, I discovered that learning new things doesn't always liberate you. Instead it makes you wonder if your pants are on backward or if the trees are holding the sky up - it makes you question all of your assumptions and conventions. - Dee Williams
I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge. - Igor Stravinsky
Equation (1.2-9) is a second order, nonlinear, vector, differential equation which has defied solution in its present form. It is here therefore we depart from the realities of nature to make some simplifying assumptions...
Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a lifestyle and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds. - Madalyn Murray O'Hair
Learning how to learn involves examining assumptions. Mulla Nasrudin tales very often fulfil this funcition. - Idries Shah
The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given "disease." The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and, were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions. - George Santayana
That life is worth living is the most necessary of assumptions, and were it not assumed, the most impossible of conclusions. - George Santayana
Leaders don't assume. Assumptions are the termites of leadership. Communicate, communicate, and communicate, until you connect. - Farshad Asl
Just remember: If you make unfounded assumptions before choosing a path, you’re blindly sauntering along. - Auliq Ice
I welcome questions. I hate assumptions. - Red Haircrow
What people dont know about you people create. Imagination is a part of being human. They fill in the unknowns with assumptions and not facts. Every man and woman is a mystery unrevealed. - R.M. Engelhardt
...history should continually seek to challenge our assumptions. It should prompt us to look differently at the world and make us less self-assured about our own ideals and beliefs. - Christopher Kelly
I urge you to examine in your own mind the assumptions which must lay behind using the police power to insist that once-sovereign spirits have no choice but to submit to being schooled by strangers. - John Taylor Gatto
I love that sometimes we need to go to the opposite side of the world to realize assumptions that we didn't even know we had and realize that the opposite may also be true. - Derek Sivers
When we make assumptions, we contribute to the complexity rather than the simplicity of a problem, making it more difficult to solve.
We can change reality just from assumptions accepted as true, regardless if they could be quantifiably accepted as true through the physical - Russell Eric Dobda
Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. - Isaac Asimov
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. - Herman Melville
General assumptions often lead to erroneous conclusions, but one cannot go far wrong in always assuming that whatever one's government is saying is a lie. - Michel Templet
Every future we imagine is transformed inexorably into a part of our children's understanding of their past, of the assumptions their parents and grandparents could not help but make.The Killer Hook - Michael Chabon
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