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Generalizations

To generalize is to be an idiot. To particularize is the alone distinction of merit. General knowledge are those knowledge that idiots possess.

William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.

We are more prone to generalize the bad than the good. We assume that the bad is more potent and contagious.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.

Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularly is indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

Any general statement is like a check drawn on a bank. Its value depends on what is there to meet it.

Ezra Pound (1885-1972) American poet, critic and intellectual.

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