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Quotes About Overconfidence

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John F. Kennedy
“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world. Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”
John F. Kennedy

Toba Beta
“You know, I can't stop thinking about you.
Oh really? Why you so obsessed about me?
Because..you're so full of shit yet still alive.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Toba Beta
“Overconfidence blurs out the risk. Inferiority magnifies it.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Toba Beta
“Don't belittle anyone who you don't recognize.
Don't be fooled by anybody who underrates you.”
Toba Beta, Betelgeuse Incident: Insiden Bait Al-Jauza

Toba Beta
“Overconfidence precedes carelessness.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

“I have a cunning plan.”
Richard Curtis, Blackadder the Third: The Award-Winning BBC Comedy

“Before you attempt to beat the odds, be sure you could survive the odds beating you.”
Larry Kersten

Judy Blume
“Why do they wait until sixth grade when you already know everything?”
Judy Blume, Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret

H.G. Wells
“A shell in the pit," said I, "if the worst comes to worst will kill them all."

The intense excitement of the events had no doubt left my perceptive powers in a state of erethism. I remember that dinner table with extraordinary vividness even now. My dear wife's sweet anxious face peering at me from under the pink lampshade, the white cloth with it silver and glass table furniture—for in those days even philosophical writers had luxuries—the crimson-purple wine in my glass, are photographically distinct. At the end of it I sat, tempering nuts with a cigarette, regretting Ogilvy's rashness, and denouncing the shortsighted timidity of the Martians.

So some respectable dodo in the Mauritius might have lorded it in his nest, and discussed the arrival of that shipful of pitiless sailors in want of animal food. "We will peck them to death tomorrow, my dear.”
H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds

Toba Beta
“Less reasoning when be too sure.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

William Gibson
“What you need to remember, with these guys, is that they don't know they're con men. They're wildly overconfident. Omnipotence, omniscience--that's part of the mythology that surrounds the Special Forces....Your guy can walk in the door and promise training in something he personally doesn't know how to do, and not even realize he's bullshitting about his own capabilities. It's a special kind of gullibility....”
William Gibson, Zero History

Toba Beta
“Better not perceive yourselves too high, O humans.
We only value mankind as our experimentation object.”
Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

Zhuangzi
“Don't you know about the praying mantis that waved its arms angrily in front of an approaching carriage, unaware that they were incapable of stopping it? Such was the high opinion it had of its talents.”
Zhuangzi, The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu

Niall Ferguson
“No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.”
Niall Ferguson, Civilization: The Six Ways the West Beat the Rest

Ernie Pyle
“It's alright to have a good opinion of yourself, but we Americans are so smug with our cockiness, we somehow feel that just because we are Americans, we can whip our weight in wildcats.”
Ernie Pyle

Michael Dobbs
“Since he was much weaker than his enemy, he could afford to display no weakness at all.”
Michael Dobbs

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