How-to Quotes

How-to Stop Being Ignorant – Harlan Ellison

Writers will always have something to say. Though frequently they won’t bother saying anything at all. Instead, they choose to hide their messages in books and other forms of literature.

“You are not entitled to your opinion. You are entitled to your informed opinion. No one is entitled to be ignorant.”
Harlan Ellison

As an author, Harlan Ellison is by no means a household name. Still, I resonated strongly with this quote. So much that I saved it while I was out in Las Vegas. I am definitely guilty of being too opinionated for my own good and in some situations it does tend to backfire.

I have been quick to argue points that I wasn’t so sure about. In turn, allowing overconfidence to make me the fool of the conversation.

The fact is, people can be very quick to defend their point of view even without concrete facts to back themselves up. This is a prevalent issue, especially within today’s highly interconnected digital society. People lie to cover their tracks and make things up to be popular.

With misinformation and misguided advice becoming overwhelmingly popular on the internet, we should all consider adding one habit to our daily lives. Thinking before we speak. If your thoughts and opinions are likely to devalue the current conversation, maybe consider just keeping them to yourself.

I’ve certainly been trying to.


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