— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, livro O Idiota
The Idiot (1868–9)
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, livro O Idiota
— Michael Savage U.S. radio talk show host, Commentator, and Author 1942
2013, Context: Of course we have to vote Republican! The worst Republicans is better than the best Democrat – put that on Youtube!... If we win the Senate we win the world. If the Republicans lose the House, we lose the world.
— Girolamo Cardano Italian Renaissance mathematician, physician, astrologer 1501 - 1576
Cardanus Comforte (1574), Context: Better it is to have the worst, than none at all. for example we see, that houses are nedefull, such as can not possese & stately pallaces of stone, do persuade themselves to dwell in houses of timber and clap, and wanting them, are contented to inhabite the simple cotage, yea rather than not to be housed at all refuse not the pore cabbon, and most beggerly cave. So necessarie is this gift of consolacion, as there livith no man, but that hathe cause to embrace it. for in these things better is it to have any than none at al.
— Donald Miller, livro Blue Like Jazz: nonreligious thoughts on Christian spirituality
Blue Like Jazz (2003, Nelson Books)
„Gertrude knew better than this, of course, but we all know better than we know better, or act as if we did.“
— Randall Jarrell, livro Pictures from an Institution
Pictures from an Institution (1954) [novel], Chapter 3, p. 100
— Orson Scott Card, livro Homebody
„Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true.“
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Vol. II, p. 406
„Cruelty is the worst of sins. It is far better to worship a false God, than to injure your neighbor—far better to bow before a monstrosity of stone, than to enslave your fellow-men.“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
Context: I do not think idolatry the worst of sins. Cruelty is the worst of sins. It is far better to worship a false God, than to injure your neighbor—far better to bow before a monstrosity of stone, than to enslave your fellow-men.
— Francesco Petrarca Italian scholar and poet 1304 - 1374
As quoted in The Renaissance : Essays in Interpretation (1982) by André Chastel , p 107
„I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1930s, Context: I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind — that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking. I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious. I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty and the democratic form is as bad as any of the other forms. I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect. I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech — alike for the humblest man and the mightiest, and in the utmost freedom of conduct that is consistent with living in organized society. I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run. I believe in the reality of progress. I —But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant. "What I Believe" in The Forum 84 (September 1930), p. 139; some of these expressions were also used separately in other Mencken essays.
— Thomas Hardy English novelist and poet 1840 - 1928
„It is better to know — even if the knowledge endured only for the moment that comes before destruction — than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder.“
— Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992
General sources, Context: We are meant to know, or we are amoebae. Suppose that we are wise enough to learn and know — and yet not wise enough to control our learning and knowledge, so that we use it to destroy ourselves? Even if that is so, knowledge remains better than ignorance. It is better to know — even if the knowledge endured only for the moment that comes before destruction — than to gain eternal life at the price of a dull and swinish lack of comprehension of a universe that swirls unseen before us in all its wonder. That was the choice of Achilles, and it is mine, too. The New Hugo Winners: Award-winning Science Fiction Stories Vol. 1 (1989)<!-- Afterword to "Speech Sounds" -->, p. 215
„Trump is not your best. He's the worst of all of us. He's a symptom to a problem that is very real. But don't vote for your own cancer. You're better than that.“
— Louis C.K. American comedian and actor 1967
Email to fans quoted by Variety in Louis C.K. Compares Donald Trump to Hitler: ‘He’s an Insane Bigot’ http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/louis-c-k-donald-trump-insane-bigot-dangerous-1201723679/, March 5, 2016.
— Tom Stoppard British playwright 1937
Misattributed, Source: Seneca, Epistle 88, as seen in the following: "You may sweep all these theories in with the superfluous troops of 'liberal' studies; the one class of men give me a knowledge that will be of no use to me, the other class do away with any hope of attaining knowledge. It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing. One set of philosophers offers no light by which I may direct my gaze toward the truth; the other digs out my very eyes and leaves me blind." Seneca: Epistle 88 http://www.stoics.com/seneca_epistles_book_2.html#%E2%80%98LXXXVIII1
— Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter LXXXVIII: On liberal and vocational studies, Satius est supervacua scire quam nihil. Line 45.
— Publilio Siro Latin writer
Sentences, Maxim 865