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Timidity Is Not A Virtue

16 November 2010

The less you know, the more confidence you have in the rightness of your utterances, and your decisions in general.

  • Mark Twain knew this: "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure."  link 
  • So did Charles Darwin: "[I]gnorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."  link
  • More recently this assertion has actually been proven through psychological testing, and today it is known as the Dunning-Kruger effect.  
  • John Dryden in his Constantine the Great: Epilogue probably said it first, though, and best: "Bold knaves thrive without one grain of sense, But good men starve for want of impudence." link

So. Perhaps I’m just losing brain cells with age, but I say we must speak our minds more forcefully lest the idiots of this planet keep on getting their way.  It’s time to get impudent on their asses.


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