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"I reject most conventional wisdom." - Rush Limbaugh

"The conventional wisdom is often wrong." - Steven Levitt

"Conventional wisdom would have one believe..." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

"Never accept ultimatums, conventional wisdom, or absolutes." - Christopher Reeve

"Challenge conventional wisdom. There is almost always a better way." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

"Question everything, even if it represents generations of conventional wisdom." - Robert Ringer

"Conventional wisdom is so scary because what if everybody's wrong?" - Kevin Costner

"Swim upstream. Go the other way. Ignore the conventional wisdom." - Sam Walton

"Conventional wisdom is invariably out of date. Because in the time it has taken to become conventional - to become what everyone believes - the world has moved on. Conventional wisdom is a remnant of the past." - Michael Crichton

"Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment" - Steve Albini

"One of the toughest battles in intelligence is combating conventional wisdom." - Robert M Gates

"Innovation for holders of conventional wisdom is not novelty but annihilation." - Marshall Mcluhan

"The only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom." - Larry Ellison

"An expert must be BOLD if he hopes to alchemize his homespun theory into conventional wisdom." - Steven Levitt

"Conventional wisdom can get us into so much trouble, especially as artists." - Kevin Costner

"Doubt the conventional wisdom unless you can verify it with reason and experiment." - Steve Albini

"I think in conventional magazine wisdom, you need to have a redesign every decade or so." - Timothy White

"The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Economists often like startling theorems, results which seem to run counter to conventional wisdom." - Joseph Stiglitz

"I've always shied away from conventional wisdom, though I know the power of it." - Peter Jennings

"Conventional wisdom is no wisdom at all. Conventional wisdom is taking somebody else's word for the way things are It's the followers of this world who rely on assumption. Not the leaders." - Richard Marcinko

"I lead a very conventional life." - Joan Didion

"Conventional wisdom tells us to avoid taking unalterable action while at a low point in life. I have never been conventional." - Therese Fowler

"When you find errors in conventional wisdom-when everyone says A and A is not true-you gain competitive advantage. Only a few times do you have to find errors in conventional wisdom to make a living." - Larry Ellison

"The problem in our society is the ego psychology and conventional wisdom about "look out for 1." That conventional wisdom thinks that "love your enemy" is to some a principle no one can ever live by." - Robert Thurman

"Never accept conventional wisdom when it comes to finance. If others keep failing, why do you want to follow them?" - Ziad K. Abdelnour

"Contemporary art challenges us.. it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom." - Eli Broad

"All new ideas begin in a non-conforming mind that questions some tenet of the conventional wisdom." - Hyman Rickover

"Conventional wisdom holds that setting a timetable for getting American troops out of Iraq would be a mistake." - Nick Clooney

"To build a great company, which is a CEO's job, sometimes you have to stand up against conventional wisdom." - Carly Fiorina

"Conventional wisdom tells us we'll only be happier after a divorce if the marriage itself was a war zone." - Ariel Gore

"When you're used to being prepared to reject conventional wisdom, it leaves you open to learn more." - Mayim Bialik

"The conventional wisdom is that if you are gay, you cannot play the romantic straight lead in a movie." - Ian Mckellen

"Mainstream media tend to just mouth the conventional wisdom, to see everything through the filter of right and left." - Arianna Huffington

"Skepticism requires disbelief and curiosity, not conformity to conventional wisdom. There's no science here. This is pure politics." - Rush Limbaugh

"Doing the Muppet Show you forget about conventional filming." - Peter Mayhew

"All wisdom is not new wisdom." - Winston Churchill

"Contrary to conventional wisdom, dance is not a universal 'language' but many languages and dialects. There are close to 6000 verbal languages, and probably that many dance languages." - Judith Lynne Hanna

"The secret of literature, which conventional people don't guess, is that writers are forever looking for the surprising revelation - not for reinforcement of collective wisdom." - Carol Bly

"There are no shortcuts to knowledge, especially knowledge gained from personal experience. Following conventional wisdom and relying on shortcuts can be worse than knowing nothing at all." - Ben Horowitz

"It is our task, both in science and in society at large, to prove the conventional wisdom wrong and to make our unpredictable dreams come true" - Freeman Dyson

"Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom." - Anthony Robbins

"Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction." - Sam Walton

"In the conventional wisdom of conservatives, the modern search for security is regularly billed as the greatest single threat to economic progress." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction." - Sam Walton

"Anyone who strays too far from the majority view or the conventional wisdom is bound to be labeled "arrogant," "a maverick," "a Wildman," "weird," or even "crazy."" - John Eliot

"A wise and clear-eyed book, Future Hype challenges the conventional wisdom about technological change and provides a fresh perspective on our so-called computer age." - Nicholas G. Carr

"Ignore the conventional wisdom. If everybody else is doing it one way, there's a good chance you can find your niche by going in exactly the opposite direction." - Sam Walton

"I don't believe any experiment until it is confirmed by theory. I find this is a witty inversion of "conventional" wisdom." - Arthur Eddington

"My businesses are usually built around challenging conventional wisdom, so I tend to gain by taking the other side. It's been very profitable and entertaining for me" - Mark Cuban

"I think the conventional wisdom is vastly true. There will be a huge growth in mobile, and this is something we are witnessing every day." - Maurice Levy

"Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom." - Lionel Robbins, Baron Robbins

"One of the useful things about age is realizing conventional wisdom is often simply inertia with a candy coating of conformity." - Anna Quindlen

"People always blame the girl; she should have said no. A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always been that boys can't manage it." - Anna Quindlen

"I'm not a money manager, but I can tell you what the conventional wisdom is. The younger you are, the more risk you can take on." - Maria Bartiromo

"The biggest handicap in research is an ability to think outside the box. The handicap is being encumbered by all the conventional wisdom in a given field." - Aubrey De Grey

"The most important lesson of New Labour is this: Every time we made progress we did it by challenging the conventional wisdom." - Ed Miliband

"Many people have their reputations as reporters and analysts because they are on television, batting around conventional wisdom. A lot of these people have never reported a story." - Bob Woodward

"Screening out peer pressure and conventional wisdom. It is so powerful, that most of us aren't even aware of how much it is influencing our decisions." - Robert S. Kaplan

"After wisdom comes wit." - Evan Esar

"Knowledge talks, wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix

"Incredulity is not wisdom." - Charles Spurgeon

"Science is not wisdom." - Fulton J Sheen

"Intellect is not wisdom." - Thomas Sowell

"Culture is coded wisdom" - Wangari Maathai

"Wisdom triumphs over chance." - Juvenal

"Wisdom comes from disillusionment." - George Santayana

"Wisdom comes with winters." - Oscar Wilde

"Proverbs are potted wisdom." - Charles Buxton

"Wisdom comes from reflection." - Deborah Day

"Wisdom remembers. Happiness forgets." - Mason Cooley

"Wisdom comes with winters" - Oscar Wilde

"Wisdom comes by disillusionment." - George Santayana

"Wisdom outweighs any wealth." - Sophocles

"Conventional wisdom is not to put all of your eggs in one basket. 80/20 wisdom is to choose a basket carefully, load all your eggs into it, and then watch it like a hawk." - Richard Koch

"If you are the kind of person who listens to conservative advice, you may do okay in life, but you probably won't ever be a fantastic leader. You have to take risks, and you also have to go against conventional wisdom, because conventional wisdom doesn't make for startling advances in society." - Ruth Simmons

"The conventional wisdom is often wrong. Crime didn't keep soaring in the 1990s, money alone doesn't win elections, and - surprise - drinking eight glasses of water a day has never actually been shown to do a thing for your health. Conventional wisdom is often shoddily formed and devilishly difficult to see through, but it can be done." - Malcolm Gladwell

"There is wisdom in the selection of wisdom...." - Bergen Evans

"Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom." - Proverbs

"There is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." - Bergen Evans

"Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious." - Zhuangzi

"Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words." - Khalil Gibran

"Liberty, without wisdom, is license." - Edmund Burke

"All wisdom ends in paradox." - Jeffrey Eugenides

"Epigrams delight us into wisdom." - Michael R. Burch

"The primary wisdom is intuition." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Wisdom is knowledge, rightly applied." - Anonymous

"Even the wise need wisdom." - Sara Evans

"Celestial wisdom calms the mind." - Samuel Johnson

"Wisdom can't prevent the storm." - Rich Wilkerson Jr.

"The wisdom of the ancients." - Francis Bacon

"Wisdom ca' prevent the storm." - Rich Wilkerson Jr.

"Love is wiser than wisdom." - Umberto Eco

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"There is wisdom to loving." - Frederick Lenz

"Wisdom comes alone through suffering." - Aeschylus

"Knowledge shrinks as wisdom grows." - Alfred North Whitehead

"Kindness is the greatest wisdom." - Anonymous

"Israel specifically does not want Syria to hand over weapons, chemical or conventional, to Hezbollah." - Richard Engel

"The conventional definition of reality, and the idea of 'normal life', mean nothing." - Sigmar Polke

"A conventional playwright tries to tell you more about the characters than they know about themselves." - Timothy West

"My religion centers in different areas than what's considered conventional religion." - Jack Kevorkian

"Active management strategies demand uninstitutional behavior from institutions, creating a paradox that few can unravel. Establishing and maintaining an unconventional investment profile requires acceptance of uncomfortably idiosyncratic portfolios, which frequently appear downright imprudent in the eyes of conventional wisdom." - David F. Swensen

"Take a brilliant, creative social scientist, without any respect for conventional wisdom and you get Ellen Langer. She is a fantastic storyteller, and Counterclockwise is a fascinating story about the unexpected ways in which our minds and bodies are connected." - Dan Ariely

"The elderly have weathered enough squalls to know that this one, too, shall pass. They own the courage to be original; they've learned to hold their own values above the conventional wisdom." - Sarah Ferguson

"Here's conventional wisdom: Success makes you happy. Happiness permits you to be generous. In fact, it actually works like this: Generosity makes you happy. Happy people are more likely to be successful." - Seth Godin

"Contrarian thinking at its best simply asks, Is this really true? It speaks up when the politically correct answer or the conventional wisdom doesn't match reality - when things simply don't work the way everyone says they should." - Larry Osborne

"[T]he myth that there was somehow a magic wand in the early 1980s to cure AIDS - a wand that Reagan deliberately refused to wave - is now almost conventional wisdom." - Andrew Sullivan

"If you leave home for a while ... you question the conventional wisdom you've grown up with. That doesn't mean you have to change your opinions or who you are, but it's good to ask the questions." - Molly Ringwald

"Strings of coincidence can strengthen us in the determination to follow our deepest intuitions even when they run counter to conventional wisdom and logic and cannot be subjected to rational explanation." - Robert Moss

"There are lots of cycles to markets - boom and bust - and also in perceptions of people. The conventional wisdom of Steve Case as genius or fool was highly cyclical. The truth was always in the middle." - Steve Case

"Progress is not a straight line; the future is not a mere projection of trends in the present. Rather, it is revolutionary. It overturns the conventional wisdom of the present, which often conceals or ignores the clues to the future." - Dr. An Wang

"Around '93, '94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years." - Marc Andreessen

"Highly successful leaders ignore conventional wisdom and take chances. Their stories inevitably include a defining moment or key decision when they took a significant risk and thereby experienced a breakthrough." - Larry Osborne

"Managers who assume that higher profits drive better working conditions may have their logic backwards. Contrary to conventional wisdom, our research identified companies in virtually every industry that are profitable because they provide good jobs." - James O'Toole

"The conventional wisdom of fandom is that you must give your fans anything they want. But I've never felt that that's a healthy attitude - and that comes from being a Star Wars fan." - DJ Shadow

"Conventional wisdom, fooled by our misleading physical intuition, is that the real world is continuous, and that discrete models are necessary evils for approximating the real world, due to the innate discreteness of the digital computer." - Doron Zeilberger

"We have been doing things that are contrary; the things that people tell us won't work from the beginning. In fact, the only way to get ahead is to find errors in conventional wisdom." - Larry Ellison

"The world is always changed by people who don't listen to conventional wisdom. I think we often set our goals too small and try to accomplish them too quickly." - Rick Warren

"Science is based on experiment, on a willingness to challenge old dogma, on an openness to see the universe as it really is. Accordingly, science sometimes requires courage - at the very least the courage to question the conventional wisdom." - Carl Sagan

"Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words." - Archibald Macleish

"Conventional wisdom, fooled by our misleading "physical intuition", is that the real world is continuous, and that discrete models are necessary evils for approximating the "real" world, due to the innate discreteness of the digital computer." - Doron Zeilberger

"Around '93, '94, the conventional wisdom about the Internet was that it was a toy for academics and researchers. So it was very, very underestimated for about two years." - Marc Andreessen

"I know conventional wisdom has always been to go to Europe, and I did that early on, and I tried it, but I realised pretty quickly if I wasn't playing, nothing else mattered - I wasn't going to be happy." - Landon Donovan

"In the beginning, Adam was instructed to earn the bread by the sweat of his brow - not Eve. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a mother's place is in the home!" - Ezra Taft Benson

"I do think that the standard media is controlled by the conventional wisdom about global warming. We've come to believe - from reading a lot of articles and talking to a lot of scientists - that there's another side to be heard." - Steven Levitt

"I'm very proud of the Rome episode of 'No Reservations' because it violated all the conventional wisdom about making television. You're never, ever supposed to do a food or travel show in black and white." - Anthony Bourdain

"The conventional wisdom is that people come to the United States, and immigration is so great, and they say, 'America, what a great country.' And a lot of that is true." - James Gray

"All conventional wisdom has an element of truth to it, but good design requires more than an element of truth - it requires an ensemble of correct assumptions and valid calculations." - Henry Petroski

"It is now conventional wisdom that Americans do not care why we went to war in Iraq, that it is enough that the world is better off without Saddam Hussein." - Adam Schiff

"Conventional wisdom on government's role in inequality often has it backwards. Tax reforms have resulted in a more progressive federal income tax; government transfer payments have become less progressive." - Paul Ryan

"You ever want to know what consensus and groupthink and conventional wisdom in Washington is, just find what David "Rodham" Gergen is saying and you'll find out what 99% of 'em are thinking." - Rush Limbaugh

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning, and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." - Bergen Evans

"There is another kind of wisdom, the wisdom of following - the wisdom of not taking the lead with your ego." - Frederick Lenz

"Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old." - Confucius

"Wisdom is meaningless until your own experience has given it meaning... and there is wisdom in the selection of wisdom." - Bergen Evans

"Wisdom with an inheritance is good, but wisdom without an inheritance is better than an inheritance without wisdom." - Anne Bradstreet

"Wisdom at times is found in folly." - Horace

"There is no wisdom without love." - Nilakanta Sri Ram

"Disappointment is the nurse of wisdom." - Boyle Roche

"Wisdom is the winner over good luck." - Juvenal

"The loneliness is the mother of wisdom." - Laurence Sterne

"Wisdom is knowing how little we know." - Socrates

"Never confuse acquiring degrees with wisdom." - Marshall Goldsmith

"Wisdom is the use of knowledge" - Dan Millman

"Wisdom is better than silver and gold" - Lauryn Hill

"He spoke with more eloquence than wisdom." - Winston Churchill

"Doubt is the beginning of wisdom" - Aristotle

"Knowledge is speaking, wisdom is listening" - Jimi Hendrix

"Stupidity well packaged can sound like wisdom." - Burton Malkiel



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