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UNDERSTANDING
¶ "He is certainly the most subjected, the most enslaved, who is so in his Understanding." (John Locke)
¶ "'Tis Ambition enough to be employed as an Under-Labourer in clearing the Ground a little." (John Locke)
¶ "... we are utterly uncapable of universal and certain Knowledge." (John Locke)
¶ "It's extraordinary how we go through life with eyes half shut, with dull ears, with dormant thoughts. Perhaps it's just as well; and it may be that it is this very dulness that makes life to the incalculable majority so supportable and so welcome. Nevertheless, there can be but few of us who had never known one of these rare moments of awakening when we see, hear, understand ever so much - everything in a flash - before we fall back again into our agreeable somnolence." (Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim.)
¶ "He who remembers having been mistaken so many, many times in his own judgment, is he not a fool if he does not distrust it forever after? When I find myself convicted of a false opinion by another man's reasoning, I do not so much learn what new thing he has told me and this particular bit of ignorance -- that would be small gain -- as I learn my weakness in general, and the treachery of my understanding; whence I derive the reformation of the whole mass." (Montaigne)
UNEMPLOYMENT
¶ "Society has subdivided itself enough to have a place for every form of talent. Thus, if a man show the least sign of ability as a sculptor or a painter, for instance, he finds the means of education and demand for his services. Even a man who knows nothing but science will be provided for, if he does not think it necessary to hang about his birth-place all his days ..." (Holmes.)
UNITED NATIONS
¶ "That nations which were manifestly unable to govern themselves individually -- many having acquired nationhood the day before yesterday -- should be credited with the ability to govern all nations collectively, including those with centuries of tradition and cohesion behind them [is an absurdity]." (Kenneth McDonald, His [Trudeau] Pride Our Fall, Key Porter Books, 1995, p 45.)
UNIVERSE
¶ "I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me" (Isaac Newton)
UNIVERSITIES
¶ "Dens of Dunces." Cobbett claimed that such institutions were the mortal enemies of youth, destroyers of time and talent and detrimental to the independence of mind in political matters." (Cobbett)
UTILITARIANISM
¶ "Ethics at large may be defined, the art of directing men's actions to the production of the greatest possible quantity of happiness." (Jeremy Bentham)
¶ "An action then may be said to be conformable to the principle of utility when the tendency it has to augment the happiness of the community is greater than any it has to diminish it." (Jeremy Bentham)


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