Newton: "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people."
[Addressing a critic:]
Newton: "I have studied these things - you have not."
Eva Brann: "If Heraclitus was a physicist, he, like Newton,
was at the same time also a mystic."
Keynes: "Newton was not the first of the age of reason.
He was the last of the magicians."
Steven Pinker: "Newton was hardly a humble man."
Neil deGrasse Tyson: "Isaac Newton [is] the smartest person ever - ever
- to walk the face of this earth."
Philosopher, student of Hegel
Marx: "Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it."
Marx: "Philosophy is to science as masturbation is to sex."
Marx: "I admire [Darwin's theory] because it serves as
a basis in the natural sciences for the class struggle."
[Addressing a critic:]
Marx: "Who would want to have to talk always with intellectual skunks [like you] who study only for the purpose of finding
new dead ends in every corner of the world!"
Marx: "Do not make Heraclitus pay for being the most succinct of
philosophers by [burdening him] with prolix commentaries."
Author of 'Atlas Shrugged' and libertarian
Rand: "While animals survive by adjusting themselves to their background, man survives by adjusting
his background to himself."
Rand: "Love is not self-sacrifice, but the assertion of your own needs and values. It
is for your own happiness that you need the person you love."
Rand: "Ever since Hume and Kant ...
philosophy has been striving to prove that man's mind is impotent. ... [That is] treason."
Rand: "I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine."
Rand: "In philosophy, I can only recommend the three A's: Aristotle,
Aquinas, and Ayn Rand."
Nietzsche: "What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, power itself in man. What is bad? All
that proceeds from weakness."
Nietzsche: "One should not know more about a thing than one can digest creatively."
Nietzsche: "Active, successful natures shun the dictum 'know thyself' and follow
the commandment: 'Will thyself.'"
Nietzsche: "Not all men ought to be free. There are many who threw off their final worth when they
threw off their bondage."
John Maynard Keynes
Keynes: "The country does not need an iron-cast economic doctrine as long as it has me."
Keynes: "Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking."
Keynes: "[Hayek's work] is an extraordinary example of how, starting
with a mistake, a remorseless logician can end up in bedlam."
Roy Harrod: "Keynes [spoke] on a great range of topics, on some of which he was
thoroughly an expert, but on others of which he may have derived his views from the few pages of a
book at which he had happened to glance. The air of authority was the same in both cases."
John Mackey: "Keynes was
such a brilliant and fascinating guy that he hypnotized this whole generation of economists."
Keirsey & son identify Keynes as INTJ.
CEO of Facebook
Zuckerberg: "We're going to change the world."
Zuckerberg: "I think that the next five years are going to be characterized by widespread
acknowledgment [of Facebook's] way."
[Asked about the users who were dissatisfied with Facebook's privacy settings:]
Zuckerberg: "Having two identities for yourself [is] a lack of integrity."
Sheryl Sandberg: "He is shy and introverted and he often does not seem very warm to people who don't know him."
[On his first impression of Zuckerberg:]
Sean Parker: "He had imperial tendencies."
Peter Thiel: "Yahoo tried to buy Facebook for $1 billion. ...
Many people thought Mark was crazy for not selling. But he always had a plan and a vision."
Fischer: "Most people are sheep, and they need the support of others."
[On why he quit school at 16:]
Fischer: "You have to mix with all those stupid kids. And the teachers are even stupider than the kids."
Fischer: "Nobody has single-handedly done more for the U.S. image than me. ... When I won the
World Championship, the U.S. had an image of a football country, baseball country,
but nobody thought of it as an intellectual country. I turned all that around single-handedly."
Boris Spassky: "Bobby ... is an honest and good natured man [but] absolutely not social.
He is not adaptable to everybody's standards of life. He has a very high sense of justice and is unwilling
Garry Kasparov: "Fischer had no one besides himself to draw him
up to the heights he reached. ... I regard him as a mythological [creature] of sorts."
Unusually for INTJs, Fischer also has Antisocial traits.
Chess champion and political activist, author of 'How Life Imitates Chess'
Kasparov: "Without a goal [maneuvering is] aimless. You might be a master tactician, but you'll
have no sense of strategy."
Kasparov: "[People] quickly discard apparently outlandish ideas and solutions. ... The failure to
think creatively is as much self-imposed as it is imposed by ... our jobs and our lives."
Kasparov: "[Up until] I first played for the chess world championship ... everything had come easily for me. Winning had simply become the natural state of things."
Kasparov: "[In chess] I was too aggressive due to overconfidence."
Kasparov: "[Chess moves that have] an extra charge of fantasy can startle your
competition into making mistakes."
Kasparov: "If you daydream a little about what you'd like to see happen, sometimes you find that it
is really possible."
Adams: "Thanks to God that he gave me stubbornness when I know I am right."
Adams: "Nineteen twentieths of [mankind is] opaque and unenlightened. Intimacy with most
people will make you acquainted with vices and errors and follies enough to make you despise them."
Adams: "I would not advise any one to study [philosophy] longer than to convince him that he
may devote his time to more satisfactory and more useful pursuits."
Abigail Adams: "I acknowledge that you very seldom deal in flattery."
New York Times: "At once ambitious and alienated ... he was a decidedly contrary genius."
Keirsey & son identify Adams as ENTJ.
The American Psychological Association identifies Adams as an introvert.
Science fiction writer and science writer
Asimov: "Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
Asimov: "It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor."
Asimov: "I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule
in all my writing - to be clear. I have given up all thought of writing
poetically or symbolically or experimentally, or in any of the other modes that
might ... get me a Pulitzer prize."
Asimov: "The only people I ever met whose intellects surpassed my own were
Carl Sagan and Marvin Minsky."
Keirsey & son identify Asimov as INTJ.
Hitchens: "Those who are determined to be 'offended' will discover a provocation somewhere.
We cannot possibly adjust enough to please the fanatics, and it is degrading to make the attempt."
Hitchens: "Distrust compassion; prefer dignity for
yourself and others. Don't be afraid to be thought arrogant or selfish."
Hitchens: "I admire Trotsky because he combined in himself the role of man of action and man of ideas."
June Thomas: "His obituaries were particularly refreshing, because he refused to
moderate his opinion of the subject simply because he or she had died."
Mencken: "If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only
if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say."
Mencken: "People constantly speak of 'the government' doing this or that, as they might speak of God doing it.
But the government is really nothing but a group of men, and usually they are very inferior men."
Mencken: "Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice."
[Speaking about the history of the U.S.:]
Mencken: "Lincoln marked the half-way post on the road to the sewers."
[In his obituary of Franklin D. Roosevelt:]
Mencken: "He had every quality that morons esteem in their heroes."
Greek philosopher - "The Dark One"
Heraclitus: "Most men have sated themselves like cattle. ... Greater men are
allotted greater destinies."
Heraclitus: "One man is worth ten thousand if he is extraordinary."
Heraclitus: "Fools get excited no matter what you tell them."
Constantine J. Vamvacas: "Heraclitus does not demonstrate but manifest; he does
not discuss ... but weaves an image."
Constantine J. Vamvacas: "[Heraclitus'] meanings are not crystallized but inhere
in integral images and visions, grasped as an indissoluble whole."
Constantine J. Vamvacas: "[Heraclitus'] thought is at once both highly abstract
... and extremely concrete."
Daniel W. Graham: "Heraclitus liked to abuse his predecessors, and he tends to
radically rework the material he inherits."
Theologian and Protestant reformer
Luther: "I [am] slave to the authority of no one!"
Luther: "As to my always conducting discussions with ardor ... [I am simply]
overpowered by the force of truth when ... compelled to the discussion."
[Responding to one of his critics:]
Luther: "Perhaps you want me to die of unrelieved boredom while you keep talking."
[Responding to another of his critics:]
Luther: "You should not write a book before you have heard an old sow fart; and then you should open
your jaws with awe, saying, 'Thank you, lovely nightingale, that is just the text for me.'"
Luther [to Erasmus:] "Do not think that I [argue] more
according to my temper, than according to my principles. I will not suffer it to be insinuated."
Jung identifies Luther as an extrovert.
Nash: "Don't ... depend on current fashion or ...
Nash: "I seem to be thinking rationally again in the style that is characteristic of scientists.
However, this is not entirely a matter of joy."
Nash: "[One] could think of Zarathustra as simply a madman. ... But without his 'madness' [he would]
have been only another of the millions or billions of human individuals who have lived and then been forgotten."
Sylvia Nasar: "Even as a student, his indifference to others' skepticism, doubt, and ridicule was awesome."
Sylvia Nasar: "His heroes were solitary thinkers and supermen like Newton and
Sylvia Nasar: "Nash acquired his knowledge [not] from studying
... other mathematicians ... but by rediscovering their truths for himself. ...
Einstein once chided him for wishing to amend relativity theory without studying physics."
Tesla: "My ideas have revolutionized the industries of the United States."
Tesla: "The progressive development of man [has as its] ultimate
purpose the complete mastery of mind over the material world."
Tesla: "The world was not prepared for [my system].
It was too far ahead of time, but ... in the end [it will be] a triumphal success."
Tesla: "If Edison had a needle to find in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence
of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. ... I was a sorry witness of such
doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor."
John Stone: "[Everyone] misunderstood Tesla. We thought he was a dreamer. ... He did dream
[but he made] his dreams come true. [He had] visions but they were of a real future, not an imaginary one."
Philosopher, mentor of Marx
Hegel: "It is easier to discover a deficiency in individuals, in states, and in
providence, than to see their real import or value."
Hegel: "Philosophy is by its nature something esoteric, neither made for the mob nor capable of being prepared for the mob."
Hegel: "The force of mind is only as great as its expression."
Hegel: "What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational."
Hegel: "Heraclitus is the one who ... first
grasped Being. ... The origin of philosophy is to be dated from Heraclitus."
Hegel: "To be a follower of Spinoza is essential. ... You are either
a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all."
Hegel: "Kant is a rabid expression of what
Isaak Winkel-Holm: "[In Hegel's writing] multiple metaphors collide."
Author of 'Pride And Prejudice'
[Referring to the Napoleonic Wars:]
Austen: "How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them!"
Austen [in a letter to her sister]: "You are very kind in [suggesting] presents for me
to [give] ... but as I do not choose to have generosity dictated to me, I shall not [give anything]
till the first thought of it has been my own."
Austen [in a letter to her sister]: "You deserve a longer letter than this; but
it is my unhappy fate seldom to treat people so well as they deserve."
Philosopher and Marxist ideologue, dated Simone de Beauvoir
Sartre: "As far as men are concerned, it is not what they are that interests me but what they can become."
Sartre: "You are nothing else but what you live. ... A man is no more than a series of undertakings [and]
the sum of the organization that constitutes these undertakings."
Sartre: "L'enfer, c'est les autres."
("Hell is other people.")
Paul Gallagher: "It was Sartre's [political] acceptance of Russia's concentration camps that proved too much for
Camus. He wanted Sartre to denounce them, in the same way they had once denounced the German
concentration camps. Sartre refused."
Hawking: "My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe."
Hawking: "Philosophy is dead. Scientists have become the bearers of the torch of discovery in our quest for knowledge."
Hawking: "If ever a new observation is found to disagree [with a theory], we have to abandon or modify the theory.
At least that is what is supposed to happen, but you can always question the competence of the person who carried out the observation."
Hawking: "[Immanuel Kant's works are] very obscure."
Emperor of Rome, adoptive son of Julius Caesar
Augustus: "I found Rome brick and left it marble."
[Referring to the installation of his dictatorship:]
Augustus: "At the age of nineteen, on my own initiative and at my own expense, I raised an army by
means of which I restored liberty to the republic."
[On a diplomatic mission to Egypt when asked if he wanted to see the tombs of the pharaohs:]
Augustus: "I came to see a king, not a row of corpses."
Jürgen Malitz: "Young Augustus attempted to write poetry, but later burned the manuscripts ... and
[resigned himself] to supporting poetry as a patron."
Tacitus: "In spite of their past accomplishments, Augustus despised the Greeks and
extended his favor to the strongest of his day."
Dictator of the Soviet Union, mentor of Stalin
Lenin: "Trust is good. Control is better."
Lenin: "He who does not deliberately close his eyes cannot fail to see that ... 'freedom of criticism' means freedom ... to
introduce bourgeois ideas into socialism."
Nina Tumarkin: "Lenin was a very ... bossy, self-centered, competent and smart child."
Neal Bascomb: "[Lenin was] a brooding introvert."
Hans Mortensen: "[Those] who did not share Lenin's interpretation
[of Marx] were showered in insults and abuse and pronounced to be absolutely worthless.
He would break even with his closest friends if they did not share his vision entirely."
Rupert Evans: "Lenin was the wizard, Stalin his apprentice."
Terrorist and manifesto-writer
Breivik: "It's human nature to be selfish, to seek admiration. ... We strive to be as perfect as we can be."
Breivik: "I sound quite self-righteous at times and I don't like admitting it when I'm wrong."
Breivik: "I have a relatively inflated ego, with a constant need to feed on an intellectual level."
Breivik: "I've generally been perceived as quite arrogant ... [because] I do not care ... for creating or preserving social relationships."
Breivik: "I do not accept or acknowledge many of the
established 'social rules'. I view them as irrelevant noise."
The 'Unabomber' - terrorist and manifesto-writer
Kaczynski: "Art forms that appeal to [leftists] tend to focus on ... defeat and
despair ... as if there were no hope of accomplishing anything through rational calculation."
Kaczynski: "The leftist is anti-individualistic ... He is not the sort of person who has an inner
sense of confidence in his own ability to solve his own problems and satisfy his own needs."
Kaczynski: "It is obvious that [leftists] are not cool-headed logicians systematically analyzing
the foundations of knowledge. They are deeply involved emotionally in their attack on truth and reality."
The Telegraph: "[Anders Breivik plagiarized] almost a dozen key
passages from [Kaczynski's] manifesto, only [replacing] particular words such as 'leftist' with 'cultural Marxist.'"
Cameron: "People call me a perfectionist, but I'm not. I'm a
rightist. I do something until it's right."
Cameron: "I think you have to have a fairly strict methodology in dealing with ... people."
The Independent: "He is notorious on set for his uncompromising and dictatorial manner."
Sigourney Weaver [on 'Aliens']: "He
really does want us to risk our lives and limbs for the shot."
Linda Hamilton [on 'Terminator']: "James Cameron is definitely on the side of the machines."
U.S. Governor (R) and actor
Schwarzenegger: "I think anything we do, you need an enormous
ego to do that. ... The ego has to be satisfied."
Schwarzenegger: "My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. ...
Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
Schwarzenegger: "[Growing up] I was one who did not conform and
whose will could not be broken."
Schwarzenegger: "I consider myself an expert in looking into a
particular idea or goal and then going after it without anything else in mind."
Schwarzenegger's contempt for 95% of humanity is the same as that of John
Crowe: "I want to do movies that have a strong sense of purpose."
Crowe: "My family's been in the [movie] business for three generations. I'm just the
first one stupid enough to stand in front of the cameras!"
Crowe: "I wasn't one of those ooh-la-la-honey-lovey-darling performance sort of kids."
[Interviewer: "You can be testy with the media."]
Crowe: "Yeah, well, why not? Most of the people who work in your job are a pack of bloody idiots."
Rapper, married to Beyonce
Jay-Z: "[In my music I adopt a] technique and style to make sure that it [reaches] as many people as
possible without losing its basic integrity."
Jay-Z: "I love metaphors, and for me hustling is the ultimate metaphor for the ... human struggle:
... The struggle to win and to make sense of it all."
Jay-Z: "It's hard to beat the entertainment value of people who deliberately misunderstand the world, people
dying to be insulted, running around looking for a bullet to get in front of."
Zack O'Malley: "People who've spent time with Jay-Z ... note his
expansive intellectual curiosity."
Jon Stewart: "[He is] just a fascinating artist to ... talk to."
Barack Obama: "Every time I talk to Jay-Z ... I enjoy how he thinks."
Jay-Z's notion of people looking for insult is the same as that of Christopher
Hitchens: "Those who are determined to be 'offended' will discover a provocation..."
Foster: "I always play strong women. ... I'm not sure I know how to play weak. I really don't know how."
Foster: "If I fail, at least I will have failed my way."
Foster: "I want to change the system from within the system. And that means focusing and specializing."
Foster: "[As a child actor I thought that acting] was a dumb job. Somebody else writes something
and then you repeat it. How dumb is that?"
Foster: "Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from."
Mel Gibson: "[She is] strong, honest [and has a] complexity
that I would never presume to decipher but merely admire."
Foster's notion of doing things her own way is the same as that of Lou Salome.
Stiles: "I tend to gravitate toward the more powerful roles. As opposed to the doe-eyed girl
who bats her eyelashes ... because that kind of makes me want to vomit."
Stiles: "People confuse bluntness with bitchiness."
Stiles: "I [am] very heady and intellectual and that's kinda contrary to what makes a good
actor. ... [When reading scripts I am] understanding the scripts but not necessarily feeling them in a visceral way."
Stiles: "Sometimes I have these abstract ideas and then lose track of myself. I [can] go
on and on...!"
The Guardian: "One thing is clear when you're talking to Stiles: She knows her mind. She's
impressively smart, and you get the feeling that ... she doesn't suffer fools gladly."
Actress and fashion designer, sister of Mary-Kate Olsen and
Olsen: "I've always been [both] a business and creative person. That's the way my brain
Olsen: "It's important to stay true to yourself in order to be a successful leader in
anything. [One shouldn't] conform to what others [are] doing."
Olsen: "[I am a] perfectionist. ... If [I] step away, it stops working. I know
it sounds controlling, but that's how it has to be."
Marie Claire Magazine: "Ashley's voice ... slices through the chatter like steel. At 21, she
is a remarkably clear and focused executive, not at all the type to be talked into things."
Marie Claire Magazine: "[She comes across as] very much the master of her own fate."
Reality show contestant
[On her participation in 'America's Next Top Model':]
Sewell: "I was (am) arrogant and held (hold) a low opinion of most of the show. ... [The] stupidity of some of the
stuff I was commenting on meant that the bulk of my ... soundbytes were derogatory."
[Asked why she deserved to win:]
Sewell: "I don't think that it's acceptable to say that anyone deserves to win this competition. It's
really not a basic human right to get a modeling contract."
Sewell: "Tyra said that I was arrogant and condescending in
my speech with others, and I think she was right."
Kimora Lee Simmons: "Elyse [comes across] like a big know-it-all."
Tyra Banks [to Sewell:] "I think you are sooo smart, but one
thing about intelligence is that it can intimidate people, and there's a way to use that intelligence that
doesn't feel like you're maybe putting down other people."
Sewell identifies herself as INTJ.
Waters: "I'm perfectly happy being a leader."
Waters: "I know I can be an oppressive personality because I bubble with ideas and schemes, and
in a way it [is] easier for [others] simply to go along with me."
Waters: "I'm not ... comfortable [improvising or] playing to small groups of people. I'm not really
that kind of troubador. I don't really have that skill. ... I'm more into writing, thinking [and] producing."
[Official band website bio:] "[The album 'The Wall']
was largely a lyrical piece. Roger Waters drove the project and the [other band members] fitted in. They ceded their vision to his
increasingly personal direction."
[Official band website bio:] "[While the album 'Dark Side Of The Moon'
demonstrated] Roger Waters' talents as both lyricist and conceptualist, it was also a musical tour de force
by David Gilmour."
Malthus: "The finest minds seem to be formed rather by efforts at original thinking [and] by
endeavors to ... discover new truths than by passively receiving the impressions of other men's ideas."
Malthus: "[I could have collected] a greater number of facts in elucidation of [my] general argument.
... However ... little more
appears to [me] to be necessary than a plain statement."
J.M. Keynes: "Malthus' 'Essay on the Principle of Population' is a work of ... genius. ... It
is bold and rhetorical in style with much bravura of language and sentiment."
Charles Darwin: "After I had begun my systematic inquiry, I happened to read
for amusement Malthus on Population, and ... it at once struck me that ... I had at last got a theory by which to work."
Rob Guralnick: "Both Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace independently arrived at similar theories of natural
selection after reading Malthus. Unlike Malthus, they framed his principle in purely natural terms both in outcome and in
ultimate reason. By so doing, they extended Malthus' logic further than Malthus himself could ever take it."
Krugman: "I'm tempted to say I told you so."
Krugman: "One criticism I face fairly often is the assertion that I must be dishonest ...
because the way I describe it, I'm always right while the people who disagree with me are always wrong.
And not just wrong, they're often knaves or fools. How likely is that? But may I suggest ... that there's
another possibility? Maybe I actually am right."
Krugman: "Coming up with a good idea, with an insight into the way the world works
that is really new and that you really believe in, is a deeply satisfying experience."
Krugman: "We all want power."
Krugman: "'Shrill' is everybody's favorite word for me."
John H. Cochrane: "Most of [what Krugman writes] is just a calumnious personal attack on an ever-growing enemies list."
Marvin Richardson: "When confronted with the argument that his enticement to
increase military spending might lead to more wars, Krugman responded: 'Economics is not a morality play.'"
Stiglitz: "I have not been content just to let others translate
[my] ideas into practice. I have [done] so myself."
Kenneth Rogoff: "I fail to detect a single instance where [he admits] to having
been even slightly wrong about a major real world problem."
The American Prospect: "Taken together, Stiglitz and Krugman occupy something
like the ... role that John Maynard Keynes [once] played. [Their] sheer intellect and deftness at
translating abstruse economics into wry English [have] won [them all] a wide readership."
Poet and playwright, student of Goethe
Schiller: "All things must; man is the only creature that wills."
Schiller: "He who cannot rule is a slave."
Schiller: "It hinders the creative work of the mind if the intellect examines too closely
the ideas as they pour in."
Schiller: "The strong man is strongest when alone."
Schiller: "It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so."
Schiller: "Power is the most persuasive rhetoric."
Founder of SpaceX
Musk: "My career has been focused on finding practical, effective solutions to real-world problems."
Musk: "[I started SpaceX because] if we're not on a
path of ... expanding to the stars, then what we're effectively saying is [that] we're going
to consign ourselves to Earth until an extinction event wipes us out."
[His brother:] "Elon's psyche is tied up in the idea of changing the world."
Jon Stewart [to Musk:] "I am astonished at your entrepreneurial
spirit, your tenacity, and your ability to get things done."
Steve Jurvetson: "I don't think I've ever seen an entrepreneur with so much resolve."
Dalio: "The people who really change the world are the ones who see what's possible and figure out how to make it happen."
Dalio: "Understanding reality gives us the power to get what we want out of life."
Dalio: "Finding out [about my] personal weaknesses ... is good because I then can deal with
[them] so they don't stand in my way."
Dalio: "Reacting emotionally ... can undermine your effectiveness. ...
Staying rational will serve you well."
Feminist and author of 'The Feminine Mystique'
Friedan: "[I knew I was] going to transform society. ... I just knew what had to be done."
Friedan: "Physically and emotionally ... I may have been a mess, but I always could count on my mind."
Friedan: "Though I disdained ... the emptiness and painful prejudices of
country club snobbery, a part of me still wanted to be asked to join the country club and thus be truly free to disdain it."
Friedan: "Maybe I was obstreperous and a troublemaker, but a constructive one, surely?"
Sontag: "It is not suffering as such that is most deeply feared; but suffering that degrades."
Sontag: "Any critic is entitled to wrong judgments, of course. But certain lapses of
judgment indicate the radical failure of an entire sensibility."
Sontag: "Intelligence is really a kind of taste: taste in ideas."
Sontag's notion of suffering is the same as that of Juvenal:
"Bitter poverty has no harder pang..."
Conservative pundit, psychiatrist and author
Dalrymple: "When patients [confided] in me that they were suffering from low self-esteem,
I used to reply that at least, then, they had got one thing right: They had valued themselves at their true worth."
Dalrymple: "Feeling good about yourself is not the same thing as doing good. Good policy is more important than good feelings."
Dalrymple: "There is nothing that an intellectual less likes to change than his mind."
Dalrymple: "Permanent adolescence has been [Christopher Hitchens']
goal, and I think he has achieved it."
Author and advisor to Barack Obama
Power: "Cold-blooded reason is a tool that you can employ on behalf of what you believe in."
Power: "Unless you can unclog your ears and actually hear the other side's argument, you
will be unable ... to refute them."
Leon Wieseltier: "She's pathologically intense. She never lets up."
Psychoanalyst, student of Freud, dated Rainer Maria Rilke
Salome: "I will most certainly fashion my life in my own way, whatever may come of it."
Salome: "[Nietzsche and I] understand each other so well. ...
How similarly we think and feel, and how we take the words out of each others' mouths."
Salome: "After social intercourse or being with friends I [always] felt I had to [withdraw] almost
as if I needed ... to resolve for myself what had happened."
Sigmund Freud [to Salome:] "It is quite evident ... how you strive
prophetically to unite ... fragments into a structural whole."
Anais Nin: "She did not wait for other women to think as she did, but went
out and created her own freedom."
Zen master, mentor of Brad Warner
Nishijima: "When you practice meditation, you extend yourself throughout the universe."
[When asked about his ethics:]
Nishijima: "We are living in the here and now, so we must find rules which can be used here and now.
... True rules must work in the real world."
Nishijima: "Dogen's dialectic about reality is rather like
Greek general, heir to Pericles, tried to become the boyfriend of
Alcibiades: "If we cease to rule others, we are in danger of being ruled ourselves."
Alcibiades: "Socrates tells me that I am ruining my soul by
dedicating myself to politics, when I should be pursuing a life of philosophy. But whenever Socrates is not around,
I find myself dragged back into the fray chasing after grandeur."
Plutarch: "Among the many strong passions of his real character,
the one most prevailing of all was his ambition and desire for superiority."
Jung identifies Alcibiades as an introvert.
Juvenal: "Bitter poverty has no harder pang than that it makes men ridiculous."
Juvenal: "[The Romans] were once so mighty, and now all they can think of is their bread and circuses."
Juvenal: "The common people think of nothing but stroking their patrons' egoes.
Those who have no verbal gifts send their wives to do the stroking."
Juvenal: "Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends."
Church father and polemicist against non-Christians
[When confronted with the notion that it is impossible for a dead man (i.e. Christ) to rise again:]
Tertullian: "Certum est, quia impossibile."
("It is impossible and therefore certain.")
Paracelsus: "I can prove to you what you cannot prove. ... You are not learned or
experienced enough to refute even a word of mine."
Paracelsus: "If you have been given a talent, exercise it freely and
happily like the sun: give everyone from your splendour."
Paracelsus: "What would it benefit a physician if he discovered the origin of the diseases
but could not cure or alleviate them?"
Youtube video blogger
Condell: "I'm not saying [religion] doesn't have its uses. Personally, I turn to it whenever
I want my intelligence insulted."
Condell: "Some atheists dislike my videos because they find them too insulting. ... I don't
think it's possible to be too insulting to a religious fundamentalist - though I'm always willing to try."
Richard Dawkins: "Thank goodness he is on our side."
Frank: "We humans are nothing but bags of neurons."
Frank: "A girlfriend called me 'brutally honest'. A judgment that made me feel
all warm inside and happy with myself until she put her hands on her hips and shouted: 'It's cruel!
Don't you understand that people despise honesty?'"
Frank: "In his book 'The Moral Landscape',
Sam Harris argues the existence
of a morality that is objective and scientifically true based on a series of hard-wired tendencies in the human brain.
Excuse me, but ... all that means is that this morality has been evolutionarily beneficial."
Frank's Big Five scores correspond to INTJ.
Murderer, arsonist and musician
Vikernes: "If you imagine a thing happening in your head, you will make it happen - that is, if your
willpower is strong enough."
Vikernes: "I [have] nothing but contempt for the braindead 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' attitude of
the other [musicians]. ... [They just want] to become famous, to make money and to get laid - and not to change the world."
Vikernes: "[Because of my] comparing of black metallers with ... negroes and homosexuals ...
I am [considered] both a vile racist and homophobic. ... The problem is that my remarks aren't really homophobic. What I
do is simply point out the obvious."
- Tenacious visionaries, oriented towards action
- Amongst the types with the highest average IQ
- Strongly linked to the Narcissistic personality
- Somewhat linked to the Schizotypal personality
- More common in men than in women
- Repress their Extroverted Sensing function, which means they may lose touch with factual
realities and fail to adapt their opinions accordingly
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While demographical data on Jungian type is unreliable, the following figures are commonly accepted as
The rarest type amongst females