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  • Assumptions are dangerous things.

  • Until we can understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves.

    • Adrienne Rich,
    • "When We Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision," On Lies, Secrets, and Silence ()
  • It is natural to suppose that a rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.

  • Why will you jump at conclusions so? It's a very bad habit, for very often you jump over them, you see, and go too far. One should always walk up to conclusions, very slowly and evenly ...

  • Misunderstanding is my cornerstone. It's everyone's, come to think of it. Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilization.

  • I suppose one gets to know men quickest by the things they take for granted.

  • A whole lot of us go through life assuming that we are basically right, basically all the time, about basically everything: about our political and intellectual convictions, our religious and moral beliefs, our assessments of other people, our memories, our grasp of facts. As absurd as it sounds when we stop to think about it, our steady state seems to be one of unconsciously assuming that we are very close to omniscient.

  • Let us assume nothing, and we shall not be moritifed.

  • ... most of the time when 'universal' is used, it is just a euphemism for 'white': white themes, white significance, white culture.

    • Merle Woo,
    • "Letter to Ma," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Mr. Cat knows that a whisker spied is not a whole mouse.