People are very open-minded about new things — as long as they’re exactly like the old ones.
—Charles F. Kettering (1876–1958) American Inventor, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind.
—Juvenal (c.60–c.136 CE) Roman Poet
If we maintain the open-mindedness of children, we challenge fixed ideas and established structures, including our own. We listen to people in other denominations and religions. We don’t find demons in those with whom we disagree. We don’t cozy up to people who mouth our jargon. If we are open, we rarely resort to either-or: either creation or evolution, liberty or law, sacred or secular, Beethoven or Madonna. We focus on both-and, fully aware that God’s truth cannot be imprisoned in a small definition.
—Brennan Manning (1934–2013) American Theologian, Author
By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.
—Richard Dawkins (b.1941) British Evolutionary Biologist, Atheist
It is better to be high-spirited, even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love, is well done.
—Vincent van Gogh (1853–90) Dutch Painter
Without an open-minded mind, you can never be a great success.
—Martha Stewart (b.1941) American Entrepreneur, Television Personality