„You can not open the mind of another if you do not have an open mind yourselves.“

—  Hatake Kakashi, book Naruto

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„Here you discover that so long as books are kept open, then minds can never be closed.“

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„An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936

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For my friend said that he opened his intellect as the sun opens the fans of a palm tree, opening for opening's sake, opening infinitely for ever. But I said that I opened my intellect as I opened my mouth, in order to shut it again on something solid. I was doing it at the moment. And as I truly pointed out, it would look uncommonly silly if I went on opening my mouth infinitely, for ever and ever.
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—  Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941

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