Quotes re. Our Societal Dumbing-Down

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself.
–Arthur Conan Doyle

The mediocre always feel as if they’re fighting for their lives when confronted by the excellent.
–Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

‘Elitism’ is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity.
-Sydney J. Harris

In the republic of mediocrity, genius is dangerous.
–Robert G. Ingersoll

Mediocrity is excellence to the mediocre.
–Joseph Joubert

Readiness to answer all questions is the infallible sign of stupidity.
–Saul bellow

Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of ignorance.
–William Gaddis

You think that a wall as solid as the earth separates civilization from barbarism. I tell you the division is a thread, a sheet of glass.
–John Buchan

When hope is taken away from a people, moral degeneration follows swiftly after.
–Pearl Buck

There is no darkness but ignorance.
–William Shakespeare

To live for a time close to great minds is the best kind of education.
–John Buchan (no longer followed or practised)

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought–that is to be educated. (agendas rather than ideas are the order of the day in schools and post-secondary)
–Edith Hamilton

The love of money is the root of all evil.
–The Bible

The price we have to pay for money is paid in liberty.
–Robert Louis Stevenson

Money often costs too much.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Technology…is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand and it stabs you in the back with the other.
–C.P. Snow

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