Review of Ch. One: “In Defense of a Liberal Education”

liberal education February 11th, 2021

Liberal education is not typically prized by parents. “What you are not supposed to do is study the liberal arts. Around the world, the idea of a broad-based ‘liberal’ education is closely tied with the United States and its great universities and colleges. But in America itself, a liberal education is out of favor.” This is a sad and even ironic state of affairs. In the wonderful, well-researched, short but stout book In Defense of a Liberal Education, noted columnist and historian Fareed Zakaria, called “the most influential foreign policy advisor of his generation” by Esquire, laments that the humanities are no longer as popular as they were in America’s more prosperous decades. As manufacturing is under severe threat and jobs are increasingly lost to foreign countries or automation, Zakaria maintains that “to succeed today, you need creativity, lateral thinking, communication skills, and, more than anything, the ability to keep learning – precisely the gifts of a liberal education.” What follows is a summary and review of chapter one of this engaging book.

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Socrates, Russell, & Voltaire: Profound Provocateurs

Voltaire February 10th, 2018

In this blog, I compare and contrast three of history’s most trenchant and profound provocateurs: Socrates the Greek, Bertrand Russell the Englishman, and Voltaire the French philosophe. In addition to a bit of historical information, you will find Socrates quotes, quotations by Bertrand Russell, and an array of unvarnished insights by Voltaire.

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Scientist & Philosopher Jacob Bronowski Quotes

Bronowski quotes February 9th, 2018

Jacob Bronowski (1908 – 1974) lived for nearly 70 years before I was born. This genius was a Polish-born mathematician, historian of science, playwright, poet, and inventor. Bronowski is primarily responsible for the 1973 12-part exploration of creativity, ingenuity, vision, integration, science, and progress, The Ascent of Man, and the accompanying book. It was very careful, rational, and aspirational. He seems like a great man, a real scientist, and one of humanity’s greatest losses. He did say and write many important things, and I will now present you with the fifty or sixty Jacob Bronowski quotes that are a valued part of The Wisdom Archive, which is yours to search for free. Enjoy.

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Ingenuity Quotes: Inspirational & Insightful

ingenuity quotes January 22nd, 2018

According to, “Ingenuity is the ability to think creatively about a situation or to solve problems in a clever way.” The Latin word for “mind” or “intellect” is a root of ingenuity…Ingenuity is all about imagination.” That is fine, as far as it goes. One of the strengths of Values of the Wise, though, is that a much deeper and broader understanding of a concept as important and sophisticated as this. If you want to really know what a value means, the dictionary definition will be a bit thin. However, ingenuity quotes from a wide variety of individuals, from different cultures, times, and places, is just what you need to really appreciate the phenomenon. A few examples and insights, as well as a multitude of unique quotations about ingenuity, are the goals of this blog.

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Leonardo da Vinci Quotes: The Polymath

Leonardo da Vinci quotes November 8th, 2017

Leonardo da Vinci quotes are some of the most fecund and inspiring quotes around. Why? The man was clearly a genius! Born April 15, 1452 and living until May 2, 1519, the Tuscan polymath was a painter, architect, sculptor, inventor, draftsman, and military engineer — and virtually embodied the term Renaissance man. da Vinci carefully studied the laws of science and observed nature, and displayed an endless curiosity and willingness to take risks for his art and his research. His novel ideas and myriad sculptures, paintings, inventions, and curious drawings have influenced artists, scientists, and philosophers. He was a thought leader and intellectual pioneer of the highest caliber. He is a superb representative of the marvelous rebirth of ancient wisdom, secularism, and art known as the Italian Renaissance. Here are some of the insightful and intriguing quotes he left behind:

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Quotes About Business & Corporate Responsibility

Quotes about business November 3rd, 2017

It has been a decade since the dynamic entrepreneur Anita Roddick’s passing, and for those of you who are not familiar with her, she was an extremely genuine, humble, philanthropic, strong, and successful business woman who built The Body Shop empire. She was that entrepreneurial and competent and still found the time and will to raise awareness for human and animal rights, environmental protection, and fair-trade practices. She truly encompasses what living a life of value is all about; working hard, giving back, and finding purpose in her life and career to make the world a better place for everyone. Here are some facts about the wonderful woman as well as a couple dozen Anita Roddick quotes. Let us learn what she thought and felt, that we may profit from her wisdom.

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“Every Coin Has Two Sides”

every coin has two sides November 1st, 2017

The following poem is an exploration of opposites, a dialectical glimpse at the world. Polarities are integrated.

Possible is as present as actual
Emotion is as admirable as erudition
Music is as prestigious as mathematics
Caprice is as comfortable as predictability…

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Quotes About Vision Can Inspire and Enlighten

quotes about vision July 11th, 2017

You’ll find goodies like this in the Wisdom Archive, a 25,000-quote search engine dedicated to quotes about vision, quotations on values, and so on: “Everything in the material universe about us, everything ever known, had its origin first in thought. From this it took its form. Every castle, every statue, every painting, every piece of mechanism – everything had its birth, its origin, first in the mind of the one who formed it…” Ralph Waldo Trine. Yes, Trine, not Emerson. Ralph Waldo did have many great quotes about vision, and few are better than this gem: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.” What are some other great quotes about vision, and what is the point of knowing about them? Read on.

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Quotations About Genius, Creativity, and Hard Work

quotations about genius are presented herein April 24th, 2017

As a follow-up to this post about Einstein, this blog will explore the nature of the brightest bulbs history has known – and there will be a number of quotations about genius, creativity, and hard work in the end. Questions that have intrigued humans for millennia include: What is the nature of genius? Is it just about I.Q.? How important is hard work? Can anyone be creative? Are the brains of very intelligent and insightful people different than those possessed by the rest of us? Let’s explore!

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Creativity Quotes Can Inspire Action

creativity quotes to inspire and enlighten March 26th, 2017

Creativity quotes – profound and witty words of wisdom on this very human value – have the power to inspire one to take action, make something new, strike out in a new direction, think originally, and just “be oneself.” Whether you make art, write, sing, dance, play an instrument, are an engineer, or just generally have to come up with new angles and fresh ideas, quotations about creativity can be inspirational. “The Muse,” as they used to call the urge to create, can be encouraged and elicited by reading what some of humanity’s greatest creators and thought leaders had to say on the subject. True, Picasso, Thomas Edison, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Anne Frank, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ayn Rand, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas More are long-dead, their words are extremely valuable in providing insight into how they thought, what their process was, and what inspired them.

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