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Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back -- John Maynard Keynes
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If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix'd in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error. -- Benjamin Franklin
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Sufism is, in operation, pragmatic. -- Idries Shah
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Experts and specialists lead you quickly into chaos. They are a source of useless nit-picking, the ferocious quibble over a comma. -- Frank Herbert
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I've got to confess I'm a pragmatic optimist myself. -- Zig Ziglar
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One thing I've always liked about the military is there's a certain amount of pragmatism. -- Phil Klay
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Among the illusions which have invested our civilization is an absolute belief that the solutions to our problems must be a more determined application of rationally organized expertise ... The reality is that our problems are largely the product of that application. -- Voltaire
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The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one's real and one's declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish squirting out ink. -- George Orwell
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I have deliberated carefully about which of the terms that are unfamiliar to many of my readers I wanted to take time to introduce and explain, and which terms I would not introduce, despite the fact that I find them useful in my other work, in teaching, or in other activist contexts. -- Dean Spade
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Platitudes and generalities roll of the human understanding like water from a duck -- Claude C. Hopkins
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Economists and technologists bring the "bits", but it requires the social scientists and humanists to bring the "wits. -- Kenneth E. Boulding
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Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not. -- Stephen Vizinczey
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A pragmatic person sees the dark and the light side of life, while an
idealist sees a life filled with colors. -- Eraldo Banovac
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Like two figures in the medieval Morality play, Pragmatism and Morality spar in the boxing ring of my brain. -- John Kennedy Toole
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I've learned to be pragmatic, but I don't sacrifice my principles, my values. -- Xavier Becerra
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Praxis is about applying one's knowledge to challenge oppressive systems and unequal traditions. It is related to the well-known phrase "the personal is political" espoused by many advocates of the second-wave women's movement. -- Michele Tracy Berger
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Serious men," "grave persons" and "reasonable people"; favorite locutions of our sad world where egotism takes its word of command from pedantry -- Victor Hugo
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I'm pragmatic. If this is going to make sense, get me a job, and in the end let me put my kids through school. I'll play killers. But my kids always ask me, 'Do you die in this one, too, Daddy?' -- Colm Feore
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People spend years of sixty-, seventy-, eighty-hour weeks building their base of knowledge and experience before going out into practice on their own - whether they are doctors or professors or lawyers or engineers. They have sought to perfect themselves. -- Atul Gawande
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For me taking a pragmatic decision when it comes to art is almost an oxymoron. The reason I first picked up a pen and wrote a story had nothing pragmatic in it. -- Etgar Keret
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There are a significant number of learned men and women who hold that any successful effort to make ideas lively, intelligible and interesting is a manifestation of deficient scholarship. This is the fortress behind which the minimally coherent regularly find refuge. -- John Kenneth Galbraith
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I have often been accused of being obtuse, however one must dig well below the top-soil to get my drift".

~R. Alan Woods [2012] -- R. Alan Woods
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Not easily placated
by outdated
used to soothe
or mask
the obtuse.
Take your nonsenses-
leave. -- Cheri Bauer
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The task of universal pragmatics is to identify and reconstruct universal conditions of possible mutual understanding. -- Jurgen Habermas
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armed with the discourse of counter-ideology. -- Andrew V. Uroskie
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Pedantry is paraded knowledge. -- Josh Billings
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Pragmatism reflects a society that has no time to remember and meditate. -- Max Horkheimer
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The fool generalizes the particular; the nerd particularizes the general; some do both; and the wise does neither -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Pedantry. The delight in living. Brio. The chance to act, to mime, to mock, to mimic. -- Alexander Theroux
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The world belongs to the articulate. -- Edwin Land
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Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes. -- Zelda Fitzgerald
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Simplistic ideas are the weapons with which the thoughtful are clubbed. -- James Rozoff
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It might be added that the concept 'doctrines of men' [WCF 1.10] now arguably includes behaviourism, pragmatism, dynamic equivalence, and modern textual criticism. -- J. Cammenga
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Pedantry is properly the over-rating of any kind of knowledge we pretend to. -- Jonathan Swift
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Pointed axioms and acute replies fly loose about the world, and are assigned successively to those whom it may be the fashion to celebrate. -- Samuel Johnson
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The exercise of reason is not available only to specialists; it is accessible to everyone. -- Stephen Greenblatt
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Pure pragmatism can't imagine a bold future. Pure idealism can't get anything done. It is the delicate blend of both that drives innovation. -- Simon Sinek
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If theological ideas prove to have a value for concrete life, they will be true, for pragmatism, in the sense of being good for so much. How much more they are true, will depend entirely on their relations to the other truths that also have to be acknowledged. -- William James
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The definition of definition is at bottom just what the maxim of pragmatism expresses. -- Charles Sanders Peirce
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With the faculty for severe logic sedulously cultivated by elderly women during long evenings of gossip till they can always find an hypothesis to fit all circumstances, -- Honore De Balzac
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major ramification of the ludic fallacy: how those whose job it is to make us aware of uncertainty fail us and divert us into bogus certainties through the back door. -- Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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It is astonishing how articulate one can become when alone and raving at a radio. Arguments and counter arguments, rhetoric and bombast flow from one's lips like scurf from the hair of a bank manager. -- Stephen Fry
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Concision in style, precision in thought, decision in life. -- Caroline Goyder
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The wages of pedantry is pain. -- Carroll O'connor
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Ordinary professionals focus on giving worthless advises; extra-ordinary professionals focus on giving results. -- Ashish Patel
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Numeracy isn't a sign of geekiness, but a basic requirement for intelligent discussions of public policy. -- Nicholas Kristof
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A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant. -- Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
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The scholar without good breeding is a pedant; the philosopher, a cynic. -- Lord Chesterfield
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Analogy and probability are not bedrock; they are lifeboats in an ocean of doubt, and sometimes they founder. So rhetoric tends to the passionate:we argue, not with surety, but as the shipwrecked clinging to the only thing they have. -- Andrew J. Patrick
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A multitude of words is no proof of a prudent mind. -- Thales
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A practical man is a man who practices the errors of his forefathers. -- Benjamin Disraeli
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A sensible speaker is a slave to making sense. -- Mokokoma Mokhonoana
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Practice has a logic which is not that of the logician. -- Pierre Bourdieu
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Common-sense knowledge is prompt, categorical, and inexact. -- Susanne Katherina Langer
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Though mathematics may teach a man how to build a bridge, it is what the Scotch Universities call the humanities, that teach him to be civil and sweet-tempered. -- Amelia Barr
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Prattle without practice -- William Shakespeare
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There is, indeed a more mitigated scepticism or academical philosophy, which may be both durable and useful, and which may, in part, be the result of this Pyrrhonism, or excessive scepticism, when its undistinguished doubts are corrected by common sense and reflection. -- David Hume
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Amateurs want to be right. Professionals want to make money. -- Alan Greenspan
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Therapists. Always asking the same questions over and over in slightly different ways. They are, like, the Ultimate Thesauruses. -- Corey Ann Haydu
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My father has a pragmatic mind. He marched with Dr. King in the '60s, and he's very much for women's rights. -- Tori Amos
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competent practitioners usually know more than they can say. They exhibit a kind of knowing-in-practice, most of which is tacit. Nevertheless, -- Donald A. Schon
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Pedantry crams our heads with learned lumber and takes out our brains to make room for it. -- Charles Caleb Colton
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The strategist's method is very simply to challenge the prevailing assumptions with a single question: Why? -- Kenichi Ohmae
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In our society, we no longer pride ourselves on being educated, knowledgable, well-read. We prefer, instead, the illusion of erudition. -- Michael Perkins
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We must be both rational and intellectual, both analytic and imaginative, utilizing both statistics and insight. -- Lloyd
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Incomprehensible jargon is the hallmark of a profession. -- Kingman Brewster Jr.
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The philanthropist can never forget classes and callings. He says, with a modest swagger, 'I have invited twenty-five factory hands to tea.' If he said 'I have invited twenty-five chartered accountants to tea,' everyone would see the humour of so simple a classification. -- G.k. Chesterton
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Pat answers to complex problems are the hallmark of intellectual mediocrity -- Theodosius Dobzhansky
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Those that consult more, make less mistakes -- Omar Torrijos
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Optimists envision the best that could happen.
Pessimists envision the worst that could happen.
Pragmatists envision the likely to happen.
The pessimist finds many reasons to quit.
The optimist finds many reasons to keep going. -- Matshona Dhliwayo
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Close friends, or those in my pay, sometimes call me a literary polymath, while others say that I'm just a shallow dilettante, superficial and breezy, with a faux-naif style. -- Michael Dirda
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Why, if we are as pragmatic as we claim, don't we begin to ask ourselves seriously: Where does our real future lie? -- Sogyal Rinpoche
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Never let yourself be goaded into taking seriously problems about words and their meanings. What must be taken seriously are questions of fact, and assertions about facts: theories and hypotheses; the problems they solve; and the problems they raise. -- Karl R. Popper
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Pedantry is the dotage of knowledge. -- Holbrook Jackson
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A scientist's aim in a discussion with his colleagues is not to persuade, but to clarify. -- Leo Szilard
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Strategists who don't take time to think are just planners. -- Max Mckeown
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I engage my subjects in conversation, patterned after psychiatric questioning, with the aim of discovering something about the reasoning underlying their right but especially their wrong answers. -- Jean Piaget
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It is the mark of an educated man to look for precision in each class of things just so far as the nature of the subject admits; it is evidently equally foolish to accept probable reasoning from a mathematician and to demand from a rhetorician demonstrative proofs. -- Aristotle.
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The great muckraker Upton Sinclair had expressed a deep insight into the relationship between the world of ideas and the world of practical men: 'It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.'34 -- John Kay
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Knowledge & understanding mixed with ones convictions of 'experience' is hardly impositional".

~R. Alan Woods [2012] -- R. Alan Woods
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Pedantry, in the common acceptation of the word, means an absurd ostentation of learning, and stiffness of phraseology, proceeding from a misguided knowledge of books and a total ignorance of men. -- Henry Mackenzie
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I'm a pragmatic fucker when I start to get my head cleared out, even while the shit is flying. Whatever -- Bobby Adair
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My ability to help my clients was limited by our narrow focus. This was partly my fault for defining myself as a specialist, but I eventually came to see that this problem of reductionism is endemic to our culture. -- Peter Morville
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I like to be a strategic policy guy. -- Jim Demint
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To be inclusive you must accommodate different levels of sophistication. -- Jeffrey Eugenides
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The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress (Joseph Joubert). -- David Webb
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Philosophy can help laymen spot and reject the numerous pseudoscientific beliefs that survive in the media, such as the fantasies of psychoanalysts, evolutionary psychologists, and economic equilibrium theorists. -- Mario Bunge
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The theories and speculations of men concern us more than their puny accomplishment. It is with a certain coldness and languor that we loiter about the actual and so-called practical. -- Henry David Thoreau
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I have always liked people who can't adapt themselves to life pragmatically. -- Andrei Tarkovsky
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Respectable Professors of the Dismal Science. -- Thomas Carlyle
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Propensities and principles must be reconciled by some means. -- Charlotte Bronte
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Mere prattle without practice -- William Shakespeare
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In an age that is sometimes nowadays frightening or confusing, we feel reassured by the almost parental-like authority of experts who tell us so clearly what it is we can and cannot do. -- Noreena Hertz
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Intellectuals cannot tolerate the chance event, the unintelligible: they have a nostalgia for the absolute, for a universally comprehensive scheme. -- Raymond Aron
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Being taken seriously means missing out on the chance to be frivolous, promiscuous, and irrelevant. The desire to be taken seriously is precisely what compels people to follow the tried and true paths of knowledge production around which I would like to map a few detours. -- J. Jack Halberstam
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If we start with the attitude that different viewpoints are additive rather than competitive, we become more effective because our ideas or decisions are honed and tempered by that discourse. -- Ed Catmull
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The absolutist parades his good solid grounding in observation, reason, objectivity, truth and fact; the relativist sees only fetishes. -- Simon Blackburn
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The Self-Educated are marked by stubborn peculiarities. -- Isaac D'israeli
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The people with this disposition believe that wisdom begins with an awareness of our own ignorance. We can design habits, arrangements, and procedures that partially compensate for the limits on our knowledge. -- David Brooks
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My colleagues, they study artificial intelligence; me, I study natural stupidity. -- Amos Tversky