„A fool boasts about what little he knows. A wise man keeps quiet about what he knows and is safe.“

—  Sarvajna
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Kannada poet, pragmatist and philosopher

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„Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about.“

—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicat... 1918 - 1980

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„A paranoid man is a man who knows a little about what's going on.“

—  William S. Burroughs American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer 1914 - 1997
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„The great man, then, knows when and in what he is a little man.“

—  Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
Context: You are different from the really great man in only one thing: The great man, at one time, also was a very little man, but he developed one important ability: he learned to see where he was small in his thinking, and actions. Under the pressure of some task which was dear to him he learned better and better to sense the threat that comes from his smallness and pettiness. The great man, then, knows when and in what he is a little man.

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„A man never knows what a fool he is until he hears himself imitated by one.“

—  Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
Quoted by Max Beerbohm in Hebert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art Collected by Max Beerbohm http://books.google.com/books?id=wM08AAAAIAAJ&q="A+man+never+knows+what+a+fool+he+is+until+he+hears+himself+imitated+by+one"&pg=PA312#v=onepage (1920).

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„He knows all about art, but he doesn't know what he likes.“

—  James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
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„No man is wise or safe, but he that is honest.“

—  Walter Raleigh English aristocrat, writer, poet, soldier, courtier, spy, and explorer 1554 - 1618
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„It doesn't matter what we believe about God. It's what He knows about us.“

—  Morris West Australian writer 1916 - 1999
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„When a man is about to build a house, what a power of thinking he has to do, before he can safely break ground!“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914
Context: Of the fifty or hundred systems of philosophy that have been advanced at different times of the world's history, perhaps the larger number have been, not so much results of historical evolution, as happy thoughts which have accidently occurred to their authors. An idea which has been found interesting and fruitful has been adopted, developed, and forced to yield explanations of all sorts of phenomena. … The remaining systems of philosophy have been of the nature of reforms, sometimes amounting to radical revolutions, suggested by certain difficulties which have been found to beset systems previouslv in vogue; and such ought certainly to be in large part the motive of any new theory. … When a man is about to build a house, what a power of thinking he has to do, before he can safely break ground! With what pains he has to excogitate the precise wants that are to be supplied. What a study to ascertain the most available and suitable materials, to determine the mode of construction to which those materials are best adapted, and to answer a hundred such questions! Now without riding the metaphor too far, I think we may safely say that the studies preliminary to the construction of a great theory should be at least as deliberate and thorough as those that are preliminary to the building of a dwelling-house.

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„Don't bother. Bram doesn't know what he's talking about.“

—  Linus Torvalds Finnish-American software engineer and hacker 1969