Here’s my favorite quotation. What’s yours?

There’s a current LinkedIn discussion in which people share their favorite quotations. If you like this sort of thing, check it out here.

Mine comes from Peter Kreeft, a philosophy professor at Boston College who often writes about religion and theology. He once said: “Conservatives hate questions. Liberals hate answers.” Conservatives usually like things the way they are and aren’t apt to change quickly. As a result, they’d rather not have a lot of questions asked about the status quo (unless the status quo has drifted away from the way things were).

Liberals, on the other hand, often are all about the search. They’re not likely to say, “This is it! This is THE ANSWER. I have found it!” Kreeft sees the liberal affliction as the worse of the two. Refusing to acknowledge a solid answer that stands before you is foolishness, he believes.

Of course, there’s a third way. Never be afraid to ask challenging questions, because it’s the only way you learn. But never be afraid to acknowledge an answer when it hits you in the face. There are times when the journey takes you to your destination, and when you get there, you should revel in it. There aren’t many people who walk the third path, but they’re the ones who make a difference, I think.

Other good quotes from the LinkedIn discussion include:

  • “What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.” -Louis L. Mann
  •  “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” -Dale Carnegie
  •  “Thought is cause, experience is effect. If you don’t like the effects in your life, you have to change the nature of your thinking.” -Marianne Williamson
  • “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”-Yogi Berra
  • “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein

Take a moment to share one of your favorite quotations. I’d really like to know!

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7 Responses to Here’s my favorite quotation. What’s yours?

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  2. Brian says:

    “Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance” – Albert Einstein

    “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction” – Blaine Pascal

    “Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile” – Franklin P Jones

  3. Alex C says:

    “A coward dies a thousand deaths, but the valiant taste of death but once.” Wm. Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)

    “No man is fit to command another that cannot command himself.” William Penn

    • Peter Faur says:

      Thanks, Alex. I’ve seen them both. I’m particularly grateful to you for reminding me of the Shakespeare quote. It’s amazing how often our fears kill our ability to stand up for justice or pursue our dreams.

  4. Pam Baggett says:

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” – Martin Luther King

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