Quotes for
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Open-Mindedness


  

Where there is an open mind
there will always be a frontier.

Charles F. Kettering

An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it.  It should be capable of shutting its doors sometimes, or it may be found a little draughty.        -Samuel Butler

   

Above all, remember that the most important thing you can take anywhere is not a Gucci bag or French-cut jeans; it's an open mind.       -Gail Rubin Bereny

   
Tolerance is understanding.  It is open to new light.  Those who are tolerant are always eager to explore viewpoints other than their own.        -Wilferd A. Peterson
   

The open mind never acts:  when we have done our utmost to arrive at a reasonable conclusion, we still must close our minds for the moment with a snap, and act dogmatically on our conclusions.       -George Bernard Shaw

   
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.       -Henry Ford
    
Merely having an open mind is nothing; the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.       -Gilbert K. Chesterton
   
Those who will not apply new remedies must expect new evils.        -Francis Bacon

  
Never stop learning and adapting.  The world will always be changing.  If you limit yourself to what you knew and what you were comfortable with earlier in your life, you will grow increasingly frustrated with your surroundings as you age.        -David Niven
   
Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them.  Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.        -Taisen Deshimaru
    
Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly.  Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end.  What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind.  Every moment is a golden one for those who have the vision to recognize it as such.       -Henry Miller
  
Minds are like parachutes.  They only function when they are open.        -James Dewar
   
An open mind, like an open window, should be screened to keep the bugs out.     -Virginia Hutchison
   
If people could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.     -Andre Maurois
   
A closed mind is a dying mind.     -Edna Ferber
   
Many a person thinks he or she has an open mind, when it is merely vacant.    -unattributed
  
You can have such an open mind that it is too porous to hold a conviction.     -George W. Crane
   

Dogmatism breeds intolerance. Like ideology, dogmatism puts blinkers on what its adherents can see, disables their questioning faculties, and breeds fervor and fanaticism. . . . Having an open mind does not mean that one never comes to any convictions in life.  It is perfectly possible to have an open mind and live a very principled life, without holding one's beliefs dogmatically. Having an open mind means being prepared to question even your most central beliefs if there is occasion to do so. It means being open, when the time comes, to having your mind changed by an argument better than one's own.  It means being able to think both sides of an issue, both the side you think is true and the side you think is false. It also means being able to suspend your beliefs, to play devil's advocate, and to detach yourself somewhat from your own beliefs, actions and feelings. Only living with an open mind gives us a chance to grow and change, for change is inevitable, while growth, unfortunately, is not.

Jeff Mason

    

    
It does take great maturity to understand that the opinion we are arguing for is merely the hypothesis we favor, necessarily imperfect, probably transitory, which only very limited minds can declare to be a certainty or a truth.     -Milan Kundera, Encounter
  
Open your mind to the world and the many different ways that can be found in it, before making hasty judgments of others. After all, the very same thing that you judge from where you areó may very well be something totally different in meaning on the other side of the world. The problem with making hasty judgments is that it will emphasize your ignorance at the end of the day.     -C. JoyBell C.
  
Kids think with their brains cracked wide open; becoming an adult, I've decided, is only a slow sewing shut.     -Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
  
If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one was ever truly harmed. It is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance who is harmed.     -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  
Despite my firm convictions, I have been always a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it. I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.     -Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  
I'd always thought of myself as an open-minded person. I had no patience with anyone who put down other kids because of their race, religion, or sexuality. But that's just one kind of open-mindedness. There's another kind, too, the kind that's willing to see people for who they really are and admit when you were wrong about them. That's the part I still need to work on.     -Kelley Armstrong, The Calling
  
It's okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn't give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don't like what they are saying.  Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.     -Ashly Lorenzana
  

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