Great thinkers build their edifices with subtle consistency. We do our intellectual forebears an enormous disservice when we dismember their visions and scan their systems in order to extract a few disembodied “gems” thoughts or claims still accepted as true. These disarticulated pieces then become the entire legacy of our ancestors, and we lose the beauty and coherence of older systems that might enlighten us by their unfamiliarity and their consequent challenge in our fallible (and complacent) modern world.
Pleasure is by no means an infallible critical guide, but it is the least fallible.wystan hugh auden
To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.jorge luis borges
Anyone who idolizes you is going to hate you when he discovers that you are fallible. He never forgives. He has deceived himself, and he blames you for it.elbert hubbard
As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. As long as the connection subsists between his reason and his self-love, his opinions and his passions will have a reciprocal influence on each other; and the former will be objects to which the latter will attach themselves.james madison
If women be educated for dependence; that is, to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?mary wollstonecraft
Unfortunately for the good sense of mankind , the fact of their fallibility is far from carrying the weight in their practical judgment , which is always allowed to it in theory ; for while every one well knows himself to be fallible , few think it necessary to take any precautions against their own fallibility, or admit the supposition that any opinion , of which they feel very certain, may be one of the examples of the error to which they acknowledge themselves to be liable.
I'm not good at precise, coherent argument. But plays are suited to incoherent argument, put into the mouths of fallible people.Alan Bennett
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