There's a whole lot of people who can't discuss ideas or evidence, so they attack the source. This unattributed quote sums it up. But I prefer my slightly edited variant of it. (That doesn't mean I think sources, especially sketchy ones, shouldn't be looked at for what their biases are. But bad sources can have good fact, and a good source with a bad fact, is still wrong -- so ideas and evidence matter more than sources, every single time).
- "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people." ~ Unknown
- "Great minds question ideas; average minds question events; small minds question sources." ~ Me
People often make mention of my prolific writing and emails (which lean towards comprehensive over brevity). But they do get shorter if I have the time to edit, and distill it down, which bring me to this quote:
- I Had More Time, I Would Have Written a Shorter Letter ~ Blaise Pascal
While there's a lot of quotes about ego and self awareness that I like, this one rings true:
- "Half the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm — but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves." ~ T.S. Eliot