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Conventional Wisdom Quotes

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Jonathan Swift
“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.”
Jonathan Swift

Paul Krugman
“And that's just the beginning. More and more, conventional wisdom says that the responsible thing is to make the unemployed suffer. And while the benefits from inflicting pain are an illusion, the pain itself will be all too real.”
Paul Krugman

“When your efforts run in the face of conventional wisdom and accepted mastery, persistence can look like madness. If you succeed in the end, this extreme originality reformulates into a new level of mastery, sometimes even genius; if you fail in the end, you remain a madman in the eyes of others, and maybe even yourself. When you are in the midst of the journey…there’s really no way of knowing which one you are.” (p.129)”
Hilary Austen, Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performance in Work and Life

John Kenneth Galbraith
“The shortcomings of economics are not original error but uncorrected obsolescence. The obsolescence has occurred because what is convenient has become sacrosanct. Anyone who attacks such ideas must seem to be a trifle self-confident and even aggressive. The man who makes his entry by leaning against an infirm door gets an unjustified reputation for violence. Something is to be attributed to the poor state of the door.”
John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society

Akbar Ali Khan
“গতানুগতিক প্রজ্ঞা সব সময় সত্য নয়। সমাজজীবনে সত্য অত্যন্ত জটিল। তার সঠিক উপলদ্ধি করতে হলে অনেক মানসিক পরিশ্রমের প্রয়োজন। এ পরিশ্রম এড়ানোর জন্য মানুষ গতানুগতিক প্রজ্ঞা আঁকড়ে ধরে থাকতে চায়। গতানুগতিক প্রজ্ঞার ব্যাখ্যা হলো সহজ, সুবিধাজনক, স্বস্তিদায়ক ও চিন্তামুক্ত। গতানুগতিক প্রজ্ঞা আমাদের স্বার্থ সংরক্ষণ করে এবং আমাদের মনে কোনো উদ্বেগের সৃষ্টি হতে দেয়না। কিন্তু গতানুগতিক প্রজ্ঞায় সব সময় সত্য মেলেনা।”
Akbar Ali Khan, আজব ও জবর-আজব অর্থনীতি

Frank Turek
“The author concedes that humanity had the fatal tendency to shape truth to our beliefs rather than beliefs to the Truth.”
Frank Turek, I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist

Antonin Scalia
“A written constitution is needed to protect values AGAINST prevailing wisdom.”
Antonin Scalia, Scalia Dissents: Writings of the Supreme Court's Wittiest, Most Outspoken Justice

Harold Bloom
“It has always been dangerous to institutionalize hope, and we no longer live in a society in which we will be allowed to institutionalize memory.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Alexis de Tocqueville
“A whole nation cannot rise above itself.”
Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Harold Bloom
“Shakespeare and his few peers invented all of us.”
Harold Bloom, The Western Canon: The Books and School of the Ages

Barbara W. Tuchman
“Malignant phenomena do not come out of a golden age.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

Bill Bryson
“When I say "most people" I mean, of course, me after my first cocktail.”
Bill Bryson, In a Sunburned Country

Paul Krugman
“[Conventional wisdom] very heavily tends to reflect the preferences and the interests of the elite.”
Paul Krugman

“I look at a Sensual Lifestyle like the entrepreneur's life. We are innovative, risk-taking, and constantly in conflict with convention. Ask me about my journey out of the religious system.”
Lebo Grand

Harold Holzer
“One paper boasted that its subscription and advertising numbers proved that America did not need the social change it rival paper advocated.”
Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

Harold Holzer
“Newspaper accounts must not only be studied, but, occasionally refuted.”
Harold Holzer, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion

“A lot of people here some South in your mouth, and they automatically think you're dumb. They think if you talk funny, you are funny. – Lloyd Hand”
David Pietrusza, 1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

Barbara W. Tuchman
“The English patrician bloomed in his natural climate.”
Barbara W. Tuchman, The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890-1914

“It was easier to come to maturity when there were more well-defined philosophical options.”
David Brooks

Ray A. Davis
“You cannot crunch the numbers on a dream. Your biggest dreams defy conventional wisdom.”
Ray A. Davis, The Power to Be You: 417 Daily Thoughts and Affirmations for Personal Empowerment

“Harry S Truman despised settled conventions.”
David Pietrusza, 1960--LBJ vs. JFK vs. Nixon: The Epic Campaign That Forged Three Presidencies

Jim Bouton
“The author says his young son, adopted from South Korea, occasionally burps and says thank you but otherwise is doing all right.”
Jim Bouton, Ball Four

Andrew Pettegree
“often finds a more interesting story behind the conventional one. Martin Luther's supposedly revolutionary resistance to indulgences took place in a German state where they were sold. Even more intriguing, they weren't sold because the ruling authorities there get a brisk business in holy relics – which Luther left alone.”
Andrew Pettegree, Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe—and Started the Protestant Reformation

A.J.  Jacobs
“I like uncovering the cultural prejudices I didn't even know.”
A.J. Jacobs, The Know-It-All

“Why study what the world thinks? I believe this practice will actually make us more gracious and merciful. Engaged in interactions with worldlings, we are likely to see each person and each situation individually and to allow them to infuriate us. But, stepping back to see the world's pattern of thought rather than a particular instance in which we are wronged, we can gain perspective. By seeing this lost person's dealings as another example of blindness to Your Truth and of what Paul calls vain imaginations, we are more likely to turn our assertiveness to prayer rather than maneuvering for human advantage.”
Brian Eshleman

Debasish Mridha
“Don’t accept any knowledge or conventional wisdom without critically questioning it first.”
Debasish Mridha

Pearl Zhu
“Insight is the deep intuitive understanding of things, and it often breaks through the conventional wisdom.”
Pearl Zhu, 100 Creativity Ingredients: Everyone's Playbook to Unlock Creativity

“If you think you are a rebel in society - a nice relationship. Think about when your heart rebels against you when you are 3x older. A very similar thing in structure when a part rebels against the whole disrespecting the conventional state of things.”
Thomas Vato

“Modern science has caused more harm to nature & humanity as it lacks conventional wisdom”
Sandeep Sahajpal, The Twelfth Preamble: To all the authors to be!

“A founder isn't blinded by the conventional wisdom of the present, they've recognised the patterns of the past and see the clues to the future, now”
Henry Joseph-Grant

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