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Narrow-Mindedness

  • I've always noticed that nobody can be single-minded who isn't narrow-minded; and I think it likely that people who aren't so cocksure what they want to do with themselves, hesitate because they have a great deal more to deal with. A nature rich in fine and complex possibilities takes more time to dispose of itself, but when it does, the world's beauty is the gainer.

  • Education is a process that goes on 'til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you're in the company of an ignoramus.

  • We are pledged to be blind / By a totality of mind / Which has said: we shall learn what we already believe, / Study what we like, / Behoove what we approve, / Read our own creed ...

  • What is a total mind / Fixed in a total state / But that which denies surprise / And thinks itself its fate.

  • She had a mean and petty mind. She disliked everything she didn't understand, and she understood practically nothing.

  • ... history will overtake the narrowminded. And their views will either grow or they will be left behind.

  • He was so narrow-minded he could see through a keyhole with two eyes.

  • There is no cure for narrowness of mind ...

  • The trouble with most people is they think there's only one right way to do anything.

  • Narrow-minded people are like narrow-necked bottles ... the less they have in them, the more noise they make pouring it out.

    • Lynne Alpern,
    • in Lynne Alpern and Esther Blumenfeld, Oh, Lord, I Sound Just Like Mama ()
  • ... patriarchal academic hierarchies in science and technology are now overspecialized and abstract, perhaps because they have systematically excluded women, as well as minorities, with challenging, alternative views.

  • I despise a person of little mind — one might as well not have any.