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Quotes of the Day for 13 May 2003 – Fallibility

Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti was born at Senigallia, Italy on this day in 1792. As Pope Pius IX, he reigned from 1846 to 1878, the longest tenure in the church's history, during which time the concept of papal infallibility was developed and promulgated. Personally, I find the idea of an infallible human both unlikely and dangerous, and I couldn't find any quotes that disagreed.

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The quotes:

We have a place, all of us, in a long story - a story we continue, but whose end we will not see.... The story of a slave-holding society that became a servant of freedom.... It is the American story; a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals.
     - George W. Bush, inaugural address, 20 January 2001

The longer I am out of office, the more infallible I appear to myself.
     - Henry Alfred Kissinger

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value - a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.
     - T. S. Eliot, 1885 - 1968

Reason itself is fallible, and this fallibility must find a place in our logic.
     - Nicola Abbagnano, 1901 - 1990

As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed.
     - James Madison, The Federalist, No. 10

Both men and women are fallible. The difference is, women know it.
     - Eleanor Bron


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