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Quotes - February 2016

Alexei Muravsky

"Gender differences in verbal communication include males’ greater talkativeness and intrusive interruptions and females’ greater affiliative interruptions and their use of speech characterized as tentative. When responding to friends’ troubles, women are more likely than men to give support and less likely to give advice."

-  Claire A. Etaugh & Judith S. Bridges, Women’s Lives: A Psychological Exploration 3rd Edition


"It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so."

- Mark Twain via The Big Short (2015)

"Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry."

- Overheard at a Washington, D.C. bar via The Big Short (2015)


"It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours."

- George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, 1903, via Elliot Aronson et. al, Social Psychology 5th Canadian Edition


Back at Winterfell they had eaten in the Great Hall almost half the time. Her father used to say that a lord needed to eat with his men, if he hoped to keep them. “Know the men who follow you,” she heard him tell Robb once, “and let them know you. Don’t ask your men to die for a stranger.” At Winterfell, he always had an extra seat set at his own table, and every day a different man would be asked to join him.

- George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones


In war, his father had told him once, the battle is over in the instant one army breaks and flees. No matter that they’re as numerous as they were a moment before, still armed and armoured; once they had run before you they would not turn to fight again. So it was with Cersei.

- George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings


"At some point, everything's gonna go south on you... everything's going to go south and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem... and you solve the next one... and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home. All right, questions?"

- Mark Whatney (Matt Damon), The Martian (2015)


"The conception of education as a social process and function has no definite meaning until we define the kind of society we have in mind."

- John Dewey, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education


Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance): Standing there like that you reminded me of the man that used to come to our house when I was young. My father used to say: "watch this man'. So I did. Every time he came. And never once did he do anything remarkable.

James Donovan (Tom Hanks): And I remind you of him?

Rudolf Abel: This one time, I was at the age of your son, our house was overrun by partisan border guards. Dozens of them. My father was beaten, my mother was beaten, and this man, my father's friend, he was beaten. And I watched this man. Every time they hit him, he stood back up again. So they hit him harder. Still he got back to his feet. I think because of this they stopped the beating. They let him live. "Stoikiy muzhik". I remember them saying. "Stoikiy muzhik". Which sort of means like uh, "standing man"... standing man...

- Bridge of Spies (2015)


 

During most of Beth’s inquiry, she drew on a mixture of inquiry, analysis, and inference strategies, some at or near the most effective end of the continuum and others at the least effective. This phenomenon, consistent with other findings from microgenetic research (Kuhn, 1995; Siegler, 2006), is significant because it sheds light on the nature of the developmental process. Rarely, if ever, does the process consist of an abrupt transition from one cognitive strategy to another more advanced one. Rather, multiple strategies coexist in an individual’s repertory over extended periods. Development is marked by a gradual increase in frequency of use of more adequate, effective strategies and a decrease in frequency of use of less adequate ones. Morever, microgenetic data, like Beth’s, suggest that giving up old, less effective strategies poses an even more formidable challenge than acquiring new ones – a reversal of the way we typically think of development.

- Deanna Kuhn, Education for Thinking


Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale): You're vigilantes.

Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson): No, no, no. A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely.

Bruce Wayne: Which is?

Henri Ducard: Legend, Mr. Wayne.

- Batman Begins (2005)


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