Best Quotes by Charles Sanders Peirce (Top 9)

  1. In all the works on pedagogy that ever I read — and they have been many, big, and heavy — I don't remember that any one has advocated a system of teaching by practical jokes, mostly cruel. That, however, describes the method of our great teacher, Experience.
  2. There is a kink in my damned brain that prevents me from thinking as other people think.
  3. If man were immortal he could be perfectly sure of seeing the day when everything in which he had trusted should betray his trust, and, in short, of coming eventually to hopeless misery. He would break down, at last, as every good fortune, as every dynasty, as every civilization does. In place of this we have death.
  4. The pragmatist knows that doubt is an art which hs to be acquired with difficulty.
  5. My language is the sum total of myself.
  6. We should chiefly depend not upon that department of the soul which is most superficial and fallible (our reason), but upon that department that is deep and sure, which is instinct.
  7. ...mathematics is distinguished from all other sciences except only ethics, in standing in no need of ethics. Every other science, even logic, especially in its early stages, is in danger of evaporating into airy nothingness, degenerating, as the Germans say, into an arachnoid film, spun from the stuff that dreams are made of. There is no such danger for pure mathematics; for that is precisely what mathematics ought to be.
  8. All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
  9. It is a common observation that those who dwell continually upon their expectations are apt to become oblivious to the requirements of their actual situation.