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Assumptions, perceptions, illusions and resistance to change:

Change is inevitable. Suffering is optional. - Unknown attribution

He who confronts the paradoxical exposes himself to reality. - Friedrich Durrenmatt

I cannot afford the luxury of a closed mind. - Clara Barton

In times of rapid change, experience is your worst enemy. - J. Paul Getty

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. - Ludwig Borne

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. - Alfred Lord Whitehead

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see. - Huang Po

The map is not the territory. - Alfred Korzybski

There is nothing permanent except change. - Heraclitus

We would rather be ruined than changed, We would rather die in our dread, Than climb the cross of the moment And let our illusions die. - W.H.Auden

A man who will criticize you openly carries no connivance. - Yamamoto Tsunetomo [The Book of the Samurai]

A superstition is a premature explanation that overstays its time. - George Iles

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions. - Robert A. Humphrey

Hell, there are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something. - Thomas A. Edison

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. - John Cage

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. - Harry S Truman

Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected? - Pliny the Elder

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young. - Konrad Lorenz

It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers. - James Thurber

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not Eureka! (I found it!) but rather, "hmm.... that's funny..." - Isaac Asimov

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there - L. P. Hartly

They were so strong in their beliefs that there came a time when it hardly mattered what exactly those beliefs were; they all fused into a single stubbornness. - Louise Erdrich

What it really does is ask people to *STOP* running on intuition and instincts alone. Much as the ToC TP do. That is where the resistance comes from - people don't even realize they have "preconceptions" - they think it is that inner voice of instinct giving them the right answer, and if they were to start questioning that, their whole world would come crashing down.... - Mark Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Andover Coated Products

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. - Confucius

Our thoughts form the universe, they always matter. - G'Kar, Character in J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. - Bertrand Russell

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool. - Richard Feynman

In times of rapid change, experience is your worst enemy. - J. Paul Getty

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