Below are some of my favorite quotes, most of which relate to the subject of filterpreting. If you have any quotes you think are appropriate please feel free to send to me via comment. Please make sure sure you properly credit the quote author.

“They who would give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

“When reality does not coincide with deeply held beliefs, human beings tend to phrase interpretations that force reality within the scope of these beliefs. They devise formula’s to repress the unthinkable and bring it back within the realm of accepted discourse.” Silencing the Past ~ Michel-Rolph Trouillot

“…we find that people decipher the environment by processing information through pre-existing mental constructs through which they understand the environment and solve the problems they confront.” Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance ~ Douglass C. North

“The subjective perceptions of the actors are not just culturally derived but are continually being modified by the experience that is filtered through existing (culturally determined) mental constructs.” Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance ~ Douglass C. North

“The mind is not a passive machine. Once you believe in something-once you expect something-it changes the way your perceive information and the way your memory recalls it.” Dr. Iteiel Dror, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London

“It is his human environment which influences his mind and his feelings, furnishes him his ideals, and sets him on his road and keeps him in it.” What is Man ~ Mark Twain

“Unconsciously, you bring your own cultural frame of interpretation to any situation.” Exploring Culture ~ Gert Jan Hofstede and Paul B. Pedersen

“…the basic point, which is that in some ways members of society share deep, underlying assumptions about the way the world works.” Lies That Bind ~ Susan D. Blum

“Universes that human groups treat matter-of-factly as their “natural environments” are clearly social, symbolically constructed universes” Sweetness and Power ~ Sidney W. Mintz

“Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation. The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole.”
Margaret J. Wheatley, Author

“Everyone’s thoughts are influenced by what they observe, or what they think they observe.” Haze ~ L.E. Modessit Jr.

“…human trait of selectively looking at facts.” Haze ~ L.E. Modessit Jr.

“You can only contemplate what your mind is able to describe.” Heavan’s Reach ~ David Brin 

“When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.” ~ Ezra Bayda, Author & Teacher, Zen Center San Diego

“Your consciousness has no access to the operations running under the hood that allow you to ride the bicycle, or for that matter that allow you to recognize somebody’s face. You don’t know how you recognize somebody’s face, you just do it effortlessly.”  Dr. David Eagleman, Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law, Baylor College of Medicine.

“Life comes to us in fragments, a world in pieces the eyes must reconstruct.” (I am not sure if this is an exact quote) Emily Ruth Hazel, Poet

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.” – Albert Einstein

“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn’t your pet — it’s your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.” – Joss Whedon

“Open Minds Contain Misconceptions” – Kate Bornstein

“Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it  is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.” Black Skin, White MasksFrantz Fanon

“To speak a language is to take on a world, a culture.” – Frantz Fanon

“The oppressed will always believe the worst about themselves.” – Frantz Fanon

“We know that the dominated are the most fervent supporters of their domination”   Why the French Don’t Like HeadscarvesJohn Bowen

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

4 Responses to “Great Quotes”


  1. 1 Donna J Gamache June 7, 2011 at 2:43 am

    I wonder if this quote fits?

    “Everyone in a complex system has a slightly different interpretation. The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole.”
    ~ Margaret J. Wheatley

  2. 3 Donna J Gamache June 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    “When you really pay attention, everything is your teacher.” ~ Ezra Bayda, author & teacher, Zen Center San Diego

  3. 4 Max August 3, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    I’m with Ben on this one.


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