Not thinking well is dangerous.
John Braddock, A Spy’s Guide to Thinking
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- “Now, as explained above, biology counsels adaptation to circumstance. We shall save ourselves knocks if we do what the other man tells us without any grumbling. We may go so far perhaps as to say ‘brute’ or ‘pig’ when he is not within an ear shot, but even that is a little dangerous, tending rather to the calamity of thinking for ourselves.”
- “We can tell what they will do as soon as we can tell what they are thinking; if we make any mistake as to what they are thinking, we can no longer tell what they will do. Just so long as we hate them, we blind our eyes and confuse our minds.”
- “Sounds utopian, maybe. But the important word here is probably not the one you are thinking of. It’s trying.”
- “It may seem egocentric, but Martin wasn’t worried about that. He had spent a lot of time thinking about himself, and had come to the conclusion that he was definitely not self-absorbed.”
- If thinking doesn’t end with action, it’s useless. Taking action is why we think.