„Believing in an idea is dangerous!“

Context: Believing in an idea is dangerous! Because belief is absolute, and absolute, is unconditional, it is supreme, its ultimate and therefore fixed, which by definition will never be acceptable to change.

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„"Dangerous" does not mean exciting or bold; it means likely to cause great harm. The most dangerous idea is the only dangerous idea: The idea that ideas can be dangerous.“

—  Daniel T. Gilbert American psychologist 1957

Daniel T. Gilbert (2007) in: John Brockman. What is your dangerous idea?: today's leading thinkers on the unthinkable. Harper Perennial, 2007, p. 42

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„An idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.“

—  Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915

The Roycraft Dictionary and Book of Epigrams (1923)

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„An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

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„All great ideas are dangerous.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

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„Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.“

—  Erwin Rommel German field marshal of World War II 1891 - 1944

Ch. XI : The Initiative Passes, p. 244.
Variant: Mortal danger is an effective antidote for fixed ideas.

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„Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea.“

—  Alain French philosopher 1868 - 1951

Propos sur le Religion no. 74 (1938), under the pen name Alain.
Alternate translation: “Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it's the only one we have.” IZQuotes https://izquotes.com/quote/%C3%A9mile-chartier/nothing-is-more-dangerous-than-an-idea-when-you-have-only-one-idea-390165 (retrieved 10/30/18).

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„Anyone who is disturbed by the idea of newts in a nightclub is potentially dangerous.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

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„Feminists have no idea that some women like to flirt with danger because there is a sizzle in it.“

—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947

Source: Sex, Art and American Culture : New Essays (1992), The Rape Debate, Continued, p. 65
Context: Feminists have no idea that some women like to flirt with danger because there is a sizzle in it. You know what gets me sick and tired? The battered-woman motif. It’s so misrepresented, the way we have to constantly look at it in terms of male oppression and tyranny, and female victimization. When, in fact, everyone knows throughout the history of the world that many of these working-class relationships where women get beat up have hot sex. They ask why won’t she leave him? Maybe she won’t leave him because the sex is very hot. I say we should start looking at the battered-wife motif in terms of sex. If gay men go down to bars and like to get tied up, beaten up, and have their asses whipped, how come we can’t allow that a lot of wives like the kind of sex they are getting in these battered wife relationships? We can’t consider that women have kinky tastes, can we? No, because women are naturally benevolent and nurturing, aren’t they? Everything is so damn Mary Poppins and sanitized.

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„My purpose here is to denounce an idea which seems to be dangerous and false.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

“The teaching of mathematics,” p. 71-72
On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God (1968)
Context: My purpose here is to denounce an idea which seems to be dangerous and false. … Revolutionary trade unionists and orthodox communists are at one in considering everything that is purely theoretical as bourgeois. … The culture of a socialist society would be a synthesis of theory and practice; but to synthesize is not the same as to confuse together; it is only contraries that can be synthesized. … Marx’s principal glory is to have rescued the study of societies not only from Utopianism but also and at the same time from empiricism. … Humanity cannot progress by importing into theoretical study the processes of blind routine and haphazard experiment by which production has so long been dominated. … The true relation between theory and application only appears when theoretical research has been purged of all empiricism.

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„I believe that faith is a precursor of all our ideas.“

—  Charlie Chaplin, book My Autobiography

My Autobiography, p. 291
Context: I believe that faith is a precursor of all our ideas. Without faith, there never could have evolved hypothesis, theory, science or mathematics. I believe that faith is an extension of the mind. It is the key that negates the impossible. To deny faith is to refute oneself and the spirit that generates all our creative forces. My faith is in the unknown, in all that we do not understand by reason; I believe that what is beyond our comprehension is a simple fact in other dimensions, and that in the realm of the unknown there is an infinite power for good.

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„In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.“

—  Michael Crichton American author, screenwriter, film producer 1942 - 2008

Environmentalism as a Religion (2003)
Context: Most of us have had some experience interacting with religious fundamentalists, and we understand that one of the problems with fundamentalists is that they have no perspective on themselves. They never recognize that their way of thinking is just one of many other possible ways of thinking, which may be equally useful or good. On the contrary, they believe their way is the right way, everyone else is wrong; they are in the business of salvation, and they want to help you to see things the right way. They want to help you be saved. They are totally rigid and totally uninterested in opposing points of view. In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.

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