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Looking for a quote I once heard, something about how constantly changing your views is better than firmly standing by them?

Asked by compuscreen (3points) May 8th, 2009

Just looking for the actual quote…I know it’s famous, but I can’t remember who said it or where I read it. It was about how constantly changing your opinion multiple times over the course of your life was wiser than stubbornly abiding by just one view/opinion…or something like that. Anyone know the quote?

PS: THIS IS NOT AN ARGUMENT ABOUT PHILISOPHY/MORALS/VALUES/CHANGING OPINIONS. I AM JUST LOOKING FOR THE QUOTE. PLEASE DO NOT DERAIL THIS THREAD. Thanks.

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rss's avatar

this might be close: “I would rather be right than consistent” – Justice Harlan

gailcalled's avatar

(Shhhh. If someone knows your quote or something close, he or she will let you know. No need to both shout and use bold, or give the collective orders. The mods will take care of that.)

You did not give me enough specific information to either tickle my memory or find something on Google. Sorry.

compuscreen's avatar

Rss, that’s not the quote that I heard but is a great one! I’ll keep it in mind, thanks.

Anyone else?

gailcalled's avatar

By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
Richard Dawkins

The truth knocks on the door and you say, go away, I’m looking for the truth, and it goes away. Puzzling.
Robert M. Pirsig

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.
Siddhārtha Gautama

I have steadily endeavored to keep my mind free so as to give up any hypothesis, however much beloved (and I cannot resist forming one on every subject), as soon as the facts are shown to be opposed to it.
Charles Darwin

The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.
John Keats

janbb's avatar

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

gailcalled's avatar

And from all the other famous blabbermouths;

http://creatingminds.org/quotes/openness.htm

YARNLADY's avatar

No fair, I like long, derailed threads, they are a lot more fun.

classyfied's avatar

“The man who never alters his opinions is like standing water, and breeds reptiles of the mind.” – William Blake

MacBean's avatar

It is better to entertain an idea than to take it home to live with you for the rest of your life. – Randall Jarrell

Bagardbilla's avatar

One of my favorites is:
“a man who doesn’t alter his opinions is like standing water, he soon breeds reptiles of the mind”. Blake

gailcalled's avatar

@Bagardbilla:Raise your eyes to @classfied – ^^. Read twice, write once.

Bagardbilla's avatar

@gailcalled
Thank you for stating the obvious, it just so sometimes happens that more then one person can be crafting a post simultaniously… imagine the chances of two people quoting the same passage.
Or perhaps I may have simply bypassed all the posts and went straight to crafting a reply by sharing my favorite quote on the matter…I cannot recall. Regardless, why the aserbic tone in your needing to point out trivialities? Is my indiscresion really that much of an affront to well established fluthers the likes of you?
If so, I beg your gratious pardon and shall be on my best behaviour hence forth.

MacBean's avatar

@Bagardbilla Well, since there was no new activity on this thread for a day or two after I answered, there goes your claim that you were crafting your response at the same time as @classyfied. And the question wasn’t ‘What is your favorite quote on this topic?’, it was ‘What is the quote I am looking for?’ so your repeat answer was more annoying than the average repeat answer. Also, your reply to Gail was far more acerbic than hers to you was.

Bagardbilla's avatar

@MacBean
First and foremost my explainationS were possibilities, NOT claims of anything, that’s why there are two…).
As for the repeat answer Im sorry, is it really such a strain on the readers of Fluther to see a duplicate reply? Really can one be so “annoyed” by such oversight?
I cannot help but venture to say that if something can be such an annoyence, perhaps with some introspection, one will see their problems lie not with my trivial offense but rather in depths closer to home.
I, once again, apologize for my trivial offense, and not care to entertain any more nitpicking.

gailcalled's avatar

@Bagardbilla: To avoid nitpicking, don’t send us any nits. And I wasn’t being acerbic but simply observant. It is good form here to read the answers first in order to avoid dupes.

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