What Geniuses Believe, by Paul Rosenberg

The important commonality running through these quotes is that geniuses are both free minds and free spirits. From Paul Rosenberg at freemansperspective.com:

It struck me some time ago that the people we think of as “geniuses” tend to arrive, over time, at surprisingly similar sets of conclusions. It further strikes me that a simple list of such thoughts might be of value.

And so, here is a list pulled from my quotes file and presented without commentary. Enjoy:

Albert Einstein

  • Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.
  • Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
  • Never do anything against conscience, even if the state demands it.
  • The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it.
  • Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

Rod Serling

  • The ultimate obscenity is not caring, not doing something about what you feel, not feeling.

Arthur Schopenhauer

  • We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.

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One response to “What Geniuses Believe, by Paul Rosenberg

  1. Bob:

    Some great insights contained in Rosenberg’s list.

    The focus must always remain on the CONTENT of the remark, not the fact of who uttered it. I always keep the perspective that quotations from “geniuses” – or other note-worthy individuals are, ultimately, but “arguments from authority.”

    These quotations, cited for their insight/wisdom, may exist with others, equally replete with absurdity/ignorance. The content of either should not detract from the content of the other – irrespective of the esteem in which its author might be held.



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