Narrowmindedness Quotes

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Allan Bloom
“The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is.”
Allan Bloom, The Closing of the American Mind

Ernst Cassirer
“Man is always inclined to regard the small circle in which he lives as the center of the world and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe. But he must give up this vain pretense, this petty provincial way of thinking and judging.”
Ernst Cassirer, An Essay on Man: An Introduction to a Philosophy of Human Culture

Ken Follett
“Why is it that those who want to destroy everything good about their country are the quickest to waive the national flag?”
Ken Follett, Winter of the World

George Bernard Shaw
“BRITANNUS (shocked).
Caesar: this is not proper.

THEODOTUS (outraged).
How!

CAESAR (recovering his self-possession).
Pardon him. Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.”
George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra

Olga Tokarczuk
“(...) ograniczenie umysłowe i okrucieństwo ludzkie nie zna granic.”
Olga Tokarczuk, Prowadź swój pług przez kości umarłych

Edith Wharton
“Her mind was as destitute of beauty and mystery as the prairie school-house in which she had been educated; and her ideals seemed to Ralph as pathetic as the ornaments made of corks and cigar-bands with which her infant hands had been taught to adorn it. He was beginning to understand this, and learning to adapt himself to the narrow compass of her experience.”
Edith Wharton, The Custom of the Country

David Halberstam
“Most commanders wanted as many good sources of information as possible. MacArthur was focused on limiting and controlling his sources of intelligence.”
David Halberstam, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War

Rossana Condoleo
“Stop categorizing and labeling! This is your way to avoid the unknown but brings the risk to avoid the new!”
Rossana Condoleo

“If the folks sometimes observe the vastness of the universe their narrowmindedness dies.”
Lord Robin

Ursley Kempe
“No. They believe we’re dumb animals. And they won’t contradict their bigotry by listening with their own ears.”
Ursley Kempe, Witches Monstrous

Tim Marshall
“although we have broken free from the shackles of gravity, we are still imprisoned in our own minds, confined by our suspicion of the ‘other’, and thus our primal competition for resources”
Tim Marshall, Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Albert Vigoleis Thelen
“There exist, he says, natural, vulgar, and pathological variants of this impulse, in addition to a higher form which is the only genuinely humane type. Its vulgar manifestation lacks all moral value, and can occur even among mindless animals. The less educated one is, the less familiar one is with the qualities of other places in the world: all the stronger is the attraction to the patch of land where one first saw the light of day. In this respect, Greenlanders and Laplanders, Samoyeds and Hottentots must be listed together with the cowherd on his Swiss Alpine meadow.”
Albert Vigoleis Thelen, The Island of Second Sight

John M. Sheehan
“The narrow way for each of us is unique. You do not have to run my narrow path, and I do not have to run your narrow way.

The glory is that each of us can finish the narrow way "marked out for us" because the course laid out for us by our sovereign, omniscient God is perfect for us as we walk, run or even crawl according to the written word of God we will hear "Well Done!”
John M. Sheehan, Sonnet of A Man [Print Replica] Kindle Edition

Julia Heaberlin
“Moral high ground is a pleasant place to perch, even if the view turns about to be rather limited, in scope.”
Julia Heaberlin, We Are All the Same in the Dark