„A man who is certain he is right is almost sure to be wrong.“

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Michael Faraday4
fizyk i chemik angielski 1791 - 1867
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„I have no right to coerce someone else, because I cannot be sure that I'm right and he is wrong.“

— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
"Say 'No' to Intolerance", Liberty magazine, vol. 4, no. 6, (July 1991) pp. 17-20.

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„Life is not meaningless for the man who considers certain actions wrong simply because they are wrong, whether or not they violate the law.“

— Hyman George Rickover United States admiral 1900 - 1986
Context: Life is not meaningless for the man who considers certain actions wrong simply because they are wrong, whether or not they violate the law. This kind of moral code gives a person a focus, a basis on which to conduct himself. Certainly there is a temptation to let go of morals in order to do the expedient thing. But there is also a tremendous power in standing by what is right. Principle and accomplishment need not be incompatible. A common thread moves through all the principles I have discussed: It is the desire to improve oneself and one's surroundings by actively participating in life. Too many succumb to the emotional preference of the comfortable solution instead of the difficult one. It is easy to do nothing. And to do nothing is also an act; an act of indifference or cowardice. A person must prepare himself intellectually and professionally and then use his powers to their fullest extent.

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„He who seizes the right moment is the right man.“

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe German writer, artist, and politician 1749 - 1832

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„Tut, man, decide promptly, but never give any reasons for your decisions. Your decisions may be right, but your reasons are sure to be wrong.“

— William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield British judge 1705 - 1793
When asked by an army officer, appointed governor of a west Indies island and who had no experience in law, how to apply the law. Quoted by John Cordy Jeaffreson in A Book About Lawyers http://books.google.com/books?id=lUpqPJSlBS8C&q="tut+man+decide+promptly+but+never+give+any+reasons+for+your+decisions+your+decisions+may+be+right+but+your+reasons+are+sure+to+be+wrong"&pg=PA85#v=onepage, Volume 1 (1867).

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„It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.“

— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
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„Clarke's First Law: When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.“

— Arthur C. Clarke British science fiction writer, science writer, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host 1917 - 2008
"Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" in Profiles of the Future (1962) Perhaps the adjective "elderly" requires definition. In physics, mathematics, and astronautics it means over thirty; in the other disciplines, senile decay is sometimes postponed to the forties. There are, of course, glorious exceptions; but as every researcher just out of college knows, scientists of over fifty are good for nothing but board meetings, and should at all costs be kept out of the laboratory! "Hazards of Prophecy: The Failure of Imagination" in Profiles of the Future (1962; as revised in 1973)

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„He would have left a Greek accent slanting the wrong way, and righted up a falling man.“

— Henry David Thoreau 1817-1862 American poet, essayist, naturalist, and abolitionist 1817 - 1862

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