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«I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortur»
Author: Daniel J. Boorstin
, burned at the stake
, burning at the stake
, The Menace
, The Skeptic
«Just make sure your intentions are not pretensions»
«Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.»
«Psychoanalysis will fade away just as mesmerism and phrenology did, and for the same reason - its exploded pretensions will deprive it of recruits»
«Human beings, for all their pretensions, have a remarkable propensity for lending themselves to classification somewhere within neatly labelled categories. Even the outrageous exceptions may be classified as outrageous exceptions!»
Author: W.J. Reichmann
«Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibility of change, as if we were the slaves of history and not its makers. Pornography is a satire on human pretensions.»
Author: Angela Carter
, contemporary history
«She looks so haughty that I should have thought her a princess at the very least, with a pedigree reaching as far back as the Deluge. But this lady was no better born than many other ladies who give themselves airs; and all sensible people laughed at her absurd pretensions.»
Author: William Makepeace Thackeray
, The Deluge
«Success plus Self-esteem equals Pretensions.»