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An open mind...

by Sam Wed Mar 1st, 2006 at 04:17:57 PM EST

The mind is like a parachute.  It's not effective until it has been opened. - Anonymous


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This was a quote I heard at a recent course on Professional Mediation given to a room full of Solicitors, Barristers, Accountants and a few others from various business backgrounds.
The course was very enjoyable and I would hope to write about it when I finish the advanced course a month from now...but this phrase has decided to lodge in my brain...so here you go...it's written down now.

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Wed Mar 1st, 2006 at 04:23:27 PM EST
I belong to the group which more relies on visual input, instead of hearing, to remember things. I find I remember stuff better, if I write it down.
by Nomad on Wed Mar 1st, 2006 at 06:25:38 PM EST
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Unless I am mistaken, it is not anonymous, it is by Pierre Desproges.

When through hell, just keep going. W. Churchill
by Agnes a Paris on Wed Mar 1st, 2006 at 04:49:23 PM EST
I thought it was from Dan Millman. :-) though he worded it a little differently - "the mind is like a parachute, it works best when it is open." But what ever way it is said, I do agree with it.
by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 01:38:09 AM EST
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My apologies.  The person giving the course had said that it was an opening line on an essay they had reviewed for someone's thesis.  I hadn't heard it before.


We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
by Sam on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 03:34:53 PM EST
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Their minds were so open their brains fell out.

Deborah Lipstadt, professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, about the editors of the Daily Northwestern. See this for the context.
by Francois in Paris on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 06:56:38 AM EST
I submit there is a difference between having an open mind and being an intellectual slob too lazy, or fearful, to make a decision or apply a judgement.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 10:39:37 AM EST
"The mind is like a parachute. It's made of straps and orange silk, and it stops you hitting the ground at terminal velocity if you jump out of a plane."

I don't know. Something not quite so snappy about that variation, perhap?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Mar 2nd, 2006 at 11:11:55 AM EST


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