“The way of trust is a movement into obscurity, into the undefined, into ambiguity, not into some predetermined, clearly delineated plan for the future. The next step discloses itself only out of a discernment of God acting in the desert of the present moment. The reality of naked trust is the life of the pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious, and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise.”
― Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust: The Ragamuffin’s Path to God
Pragmatism was a philosophical tradition that originated in the United States around 1870. The most important of the ‘classical pragmatists’ was Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914)
In his honor, here are a few pragmatic quotes I like…
Common sense is not so common.
Men’s maxims reveal their characters.
No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously.
I quote others only to better express myself.
One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings.
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.
I may have said the same thing before… but my explanation, I am sure, will always be different.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.
Help stamp out and eradicate superfluous redundancy.
Build momentum by accumulating small successes.
Too often we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford
9 out of 10 products are introduced to fill a void in the company’s product line, not to fill a void in the market. – Ries and Trout
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. – Herm Albright
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
Big ideas almost always come in small words. – Jack Trout
When arguing with a stupid person, be sure he is not doing the same thing.
The only way to settle a disagreement is on the basis of what’s right–not who’s right.
To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency.