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Quotes of the Day for 11 July 2001 – Assumptions

I'm sure everyone remembers the standard warning about making Assumptions based on spelling: Don't assume, it makes an ASS out of U and ME. Today we have some more literate thoughts on the subject.

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The quotes:

One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is the assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.
     - Jean Kerr

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once and a while, or the light won't come in.
     - Alan Alda

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
     - Igor Stravinsky

The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there's gold in letting go of them.
     - John Seely Brown, Fast Company

There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person in whom one impulse, one value, has assumed ascendancy over all others.
     - Milton R. Sapirstein

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