Quotes about Assumption to Help You Think Before Assuming

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Assumptions are the termites of relationships.


Quote: Ignorance is brought about by assumption. by author T. D. Jakes overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of a round coin
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Ignorance is brought about by assumption.


Quote: Assumptions are the most damaging enemies of our mind's equilibrium...An assumption is an imaginary truth. by author A. A. Alebraheem overlaid on photo of pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
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Assumptions are the most damaging enemies of our mind's equilibrium...An assumption is an imaginary truth.


Quote: Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves. by author Adrienne Rich overlaid on photo of photo of author Adrienne Rich with quote

Until we know the assumptions in which we are drenched, we cannot know ourselves.


Quote: I have often had occasion to notice how, where a direct question would fail to elicit a response, a false assumption brings instant information in the form of a contradiction. by author Agatha Christie overlaid on photo of man in black tank top standing near tree under starry night
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I have often had occasion to notice how, where a direct question would fail to elicit a response, a false assumption brings instant information in the form of a contradiction.


Quote: And just as the false assumption that we are not connected to the earth has led to the ecological crisis, so to the equally false assumption that we are not connected to each other that has led to our social crisis. by author Al Gore overlaid on photo of photo of author Al Gore with quote

And just as the false assumption that we are not connected to the earth has led to the ecological crisis, so to the equally false assumption that we are not connected to each other that has led to our social crisis.


Quote: Ask questions; don't make assumptions. by author Angela Ahrendts overlaid on photo of people walking on grey concrete floor during daytime
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Ask questions; don't make assumptions.


Quote: Differences challenge assumptions. by author Anne Wilson Schaef overlaid on photo of person holding hands
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Differences challenge assumptions.


Quote: Troubles always ensue when assumptions clash, when expectations do not match. by author Anneli Rufus overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hands in grayscale photography
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Troubles always ensue when assumptions clash, when expectations do not match.


Quote: Assumptions are unopened windows that foolish birds fly into, and their broken bodies are evidence gathered too late. by author Bryan Davis overlaid on photo of white and brown long fur cat
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Assumptions are unopened windows that foolish birds fly into, and their broken bodies are evidence gathered too late.


Quote: Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make, bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake, if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble. by author Daniel Handler overlaid on photo of photo of author Daniel Handler with quote

Assumptions are dangerous things to make, and like all dangerous things to make, bombs, for instance, or strawberry shortcake, if you make even the tiniest mistake you can find yourself in terrible trouble.


Quote: A lot of our assumptions of the world are fairly cynical, fairly negative, and assume the worst. What our reading tastes show -- in this rush to fantasy, romance, whatever -- is that we actually still want to believe in a world of possibility, in a world of mystery. by author Deborah Harkness overlaid on photo of Deborah Harkness quote: A lot of our assumptions of the world are fairly cynical, fairly negative, and assume the worst. What our reading tastes show -- in this rush to fantasy, romance, whatever -- is that we actually still want to believe in a world of possibility, in a world of mystery.- black text on quotes background

A lot of our assumptions of the world are fairly cynical, fairly negative, and assume the worst. What our reading tastes show -- in this rush to fantasy, romance, whatever -- is that we actually still want to believe in a world of possibility, in a world of mystery.


Quote: Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions. by author Frank Herbert overlaid on photo of monitor showing Java programming
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Most deadly errors arise from obsolete assumptions.


Quote: There is no hatred as corrupting as intellectual hatred. by author George F. Will overlaid on photo of four men sitting beside table
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There is no hatred as corrupting as intellectual hatred.


Quote: The assumption of perfect knowledge is very far from reality a lot of the evil in the world is actually not intentional. by author George Soros overlaid on photo of person on road at sunset
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The assumption of perfect knowledge is very far from reality a lot of the evil in the world is actually not intentional.




You think you know this story.
You do not.


Quote: My way of thinking as I approach any human being on this planet is, 'What are you doing now?' That's what interests me. I don't come at anybody with a whole bunch of assumptions. by author John Lydon overlaid on photo of closeup photography of wall
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My way of thinking as I approach any human being on this planet is, 'What are you doing now?' That's what interests me. I don't come at anybody with a whole bunch of assumptions.


Quote: It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. by author Jonathan Swift overlaid on photo of photo of author Jonathan Swift with quote

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.


Quote: Untested assumptions and lazy habits of thought can be shown up, once put in a spotlight of a different hue. by author Julian Baggini overlaid on photo of Julian Baggini quote: Untested assumptions and lazy habits of thought can be shown up, once put in a spotlight of a different hue.- white text on starry pic background

Untested assumptions and lazy habits of thought can be shown up, once put in a spotlight of a different hue.


Quote: You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning. by author Lemony Snicket overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
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You can see that it is better not to make too many assumptions, particularly in the morning.


Quote: Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble. by author Lemony Snicket overlaid on photo of Lemony Snicket quote; white text on black background

Making assumptions simply means believing things are a certain way with little or no evidence that shows you are correct, and you can see at once how this can lead to terrible trouble.


Quote: Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness. by author Marshall McLuhan overlaid on photo of selective-focus photograph of gray bird on tree branch
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Most of our assumptions have outlived their uselessness.


Quote: The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry. by author Max Planck overlaid on photo of woman wearing black and yellow butterfly headband
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The assumption of an absolute determinism is the essential foundation of every scientific enquiry.


Quote: We make the assumption that everyone sees life the way we do. by author Miguel Angel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Miguel Angel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

We make the assumption that everyone sees life the way we do.


Quote: Don't make assumptions. by author Miguel Angel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Miguel Angel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

Don't make assumptions.


Quote: It is always better to ask then to make an assumption. by author Miguel Angel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Miguel Angel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

It is always better to ask then to make an assumption.


Quote: We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions. by author Miguel Angel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Miguel Angel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions.


Quote: We are going to make assumptions; that's what humans do. Since most assumptions are flawed, err on the positive side. Always assume the best. by author Richelle E. Goodrich overlaid on photo of plain background
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We are going to make assumptions; that's what humans do. Since most assumptions are flawed, err on the positive side. Always assume the best.


Quote: You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires. by author Robert Greene overlaid on photo of pink and red flowers
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You must never assume that what people say or do in a particular moment is a statement of their permanent desires.


Quote: Physics is based on the assumption that certain fundamental features of nature are constant. by author Rupert Sheldrake overlaid on photo of photo of author Rupert Sheldrake with quote

Physics is based on the assumption that certain fundamental features of nature are constant.


Quote: The bad-boy label is just an assumption. by author Russell Brand overlaid on photo of photo of author Russell Brand with quote

The bad-boy label is just an assumption.


Quote: Assumptions are quick exits for lazy minds that like to graze out in the fields without bother. by author Suzy Kassem overlaid on photo of landscape photo of mountain during nighttime
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Assumptions are quick exits for lazy minds that like to graze out in the fields without bother.


Quote: If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk. by author Wendell Berry overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket with red rose on ear
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If you start a conversation with the assumption that you are right or that you must win, obviously it is difficult to talk.


Quote: The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct. by author William of Ockham overlaid on photo of photo of author William of Ockham with quote

The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct.


Quote: If you challenge your own, you won't be so quick to accept the unchallenged assumptions of others. by author Alan Alda overlaid on photo of laughing woman photo
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If you challenge your own, you won't be so quick to accept the unchallenged assumptions of others.


Quote: Be careful of what you assume, what you assume often becomes what you consume. by author Constance Friday overlaid on photo of photo of author Constance Friday with quote

Be careful of what you assume, what you assume often becomes what you consume.


Quote: The inability to move from one phase of life and change one's self-identity is, the anxiety of always. by author Sherry Turkle overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
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The inability to move from one phase of life and change one's self-identity is, the anxiety of always.


Quote: People generally deal with situations by means of assumptions. by author Idries Shah overlaid on photo of photo of author Idries Shah with quote

People generally deal with situations by means of assumptions.


Quote: I navigate different cultures daily, and I understand how people can make false assumptions because of their lack of interaction with the cultures I find myself in. But if they don't frequent these spaces much, how can they rush to judgment? by author Lecrae overlaid on photo of Lecrae quote: I navigate different cultures daily, and I understand how people can make false assumptions because of their lack of interaction with the cultures I find myself in. But if they don't frequent these spaces much, how can they rush to judgment?printed in white text on seashore background

I navigate different cultures daily, and I understand how people can make false assumptions because of their lack of interaction with the cultures I find myself in. But if they don't frequent these spaces much, how can they rush to judgment?


Quote: If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance. by author Orville Wright overlaid on photo of white flowers
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If we worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true really is true, then there would be little hope for advance.


Quote: I'm often reassured in a bizarre -- perhaps perverse -- way when I find in the archive stuff that contradicts what my assumptions have been. That's interesting and exciting. by author Antony Beevor overlaid on photo of yellow and black striped background
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I'm often reassured in a bizarre -- perhaps perverse -- way when I find in the archive stuff that contradicts what my assumptions have been. That's interesting and exciting.


Quote: Start with the assumption that the best way to do something is not the way it's being done right now. by author Aaron Levie overlaid on photo of brass quilt pen
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Start with the assumption that the best way to do something is not the way it's being done right now.


Quote: You can't make assumptions when you're dealing with health issues. by author Adam Clayton overlaid on photo of flat lay photography of several hanging ornaments
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You can't make assumptions when you're dealing with health issues.


Quote: The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong. by author Benjamin Cardozo overlaid on photo of close up photography of woman holding grey and red box
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The constant assumption runs throughout the law that the natural and spontaneous evolutions of habit fix the limits of right and wrong.




Quote: If the assumptions used in calculating energy are changed, then this seriously affects the final result, even though the same body of data might be used. by author Charles Francis Richter overlaid on photo of man standing outdoors
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If the assumptions used in calculating energy are changed, then this seriously affects the final result, even though the same body of data might be used.


Quote: It's not the things you don't know that trip you up. It's the things you think you know, but you don't. You fail to ask a certain question because you believe you know the answer. Separating your information from your assumptions can be very tricky business. by author Claudia Gray overlaid on photo of photo of author Claudia Gray with quote

It's not the things you don't know that trip you up. It's the things you think you know, but you don't. You fail to ask a certain question because you believe you know the answer. Separating your information from your assumptions can be very tricky business.


Quote: The assumption is that your personal life has to be a mess to create, but how much chaos can you allow in before it takes over? by author David Byrne overlaid on photo of stars across the sky view at the desert
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The assumption is that your personal life has to be a mess to create, but how much chaos can you allow in before it takes over?


Quote: Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities. by author Evelyn Glennie overlaid on photo of photo of author Evelyn Glennie with quote

Society cannot continue to disable themselves through their need to categorize people or make assumptions as to another individual's abilities.


Quote: Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions. by author E. T. Bell overlaid on photo of beach shore during day time
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Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions.


Quote: When there is a problem, always identify and evaluate your underlying assumptions that may be contributing to the problem or preventing you from seeing the problem clearly. by author Elizabeth Thornton overlaid on photo of purple and green light digital wallpaper
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When there is a problem, always identify and evaluate your underlying assumptions that may be contributing to the problem or preventing you from seeing the problem clearly.


Quote: If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes our assumptions and preconceived notions are wrong, and therefore, our interpretation of events is incorrect. This causes us to overreact, to take things personally, or to judge people unfairly. by author Elizabeth Thornton overlaid on photo of Elizabeth Thornton quote; white text on black background

If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit that sometimes our assumptions and preconceived notions are wrong, and therefore, our interpretation of events is incorrect. This causes us to overreact, to take things personally, or to judge people unfairly.


Quote: Every economic opinion is associated with a set of assumptions. by author Gautam Adani overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
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Every economic opinion is associated with a set of assumptions.


Quote: Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications. by author Gary Becker overlaid on photo of man standing on cliff
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Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications.


Quote: To understand a phenomenon, we need to make sure we understand the shape of its curve. By assuming we know how a curve continues beyond what we see, we will draw the wrong conclusions and come up with the wrong solutions. by author Hans Rosling overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
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To understand a phenomenon, we need to make sure we understand the shape of its curve. By assuming we know how a curve continues beyond what we see, we will draw the wrong conclusions and come up with the wrong solutions.


Quote: Any dominant ideology operates off the assumption that what it has to say is unaccountable and unquestionable. by author Henry Giroux overlaid on photo of pair of white lace-up shoes
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Any dominant ideology operates off the assumption that what it has to say is unaccountable and unquestionable.


Quote: I started to think about the assumptions we make that everyone we meet operates under the same moral code, and how betrayed we feel when that isn't the case. by author Jane Green overlaid on photo of woman wearing black top standing near yellow wall
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I started to think about the assumptions we make that everyone we meet operates under the same moral code, and how betrayed we feel when that isn't the case.


Quote: Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by. by author John Sayles overlaid on photo of green forest during daytime
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Assumptions allow the best in life to pass you by.


Quote: If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there's usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that's wrong. by author Jeff Hawkins overlaid on photo of crescent moon above mountain
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If you look at the history of big obstacles in understanding our world, there's usually an intuitive assumption underlying them that's wrong.


Quote: Having our fundamental assumptions about life challenged is never a comfortable thing. by author Maajid Nawaz overlaid on photo of macro photography of black cat
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Having our fundamental assumptions about life challenged is never a comfortable thing.


Quote: We have all these cultural assumptions about love. People get hurt, and we say, 'Oh, it's no one's fault.' by author Mona Simpson overlaid on photo of man in black jacket and blue denim jeans running on road during daytime
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We have all these cultural assumptions about love. People get hurt, and we say, 'Oh, it's no one's fault.'


Quote: I think it's the expectations and assumptions of others that cause heartache. by author Paul Thomas Anderson overlaid on photo of silhouette of person's hands forming heart
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I think it's the expectations and assumptions of others that cause heartache.


Quote: Our enemy is fear. Blinding, reason-killing fear. Fear consumes the truth and poisons all the evidence, leading us to false assumptions and irrational conclusions. by author Rick Yancey overlaid on photo of yellow painted wall
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Our enemy is fear. Blinding, reason-killing fear. Fear consumes the truth and poisons all the evidence, leading us to false assumptions and irrational conclusions.


Quote: The law requires more than an assumption, the law requires a fact. by author Robert Bolt overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of woman holding sunflower surrounded by sunflowers
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The law requires more than an assumption, the law requires a fact.


Quote: Question every assumption and go towards the problem, like the way they flew to the moon. We should have more moon shots and flights to the moon in areas of societal importance. by author Sebastian Thrun overlaid on photo of red wallpaper
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Question every assumption and go towards the problem, like the way they flew to the moon. We should have more moon shots and flights to the moon in areas of societal importance.


Quote: It's sad that we never get trained to leave assumptions behind. by author Sebastian Thrun overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
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It's sad that we never get trained to leave assumptions behind.


Quote: The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances. by author Stephen Bayley overlaid on photo of audience crowd watching wallpaper
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The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances.


Quote: I'm about challenging people. Like, properly challenging them and their assumptions. by author Steven Rodney McQueen overlaid on photo of two women hugging each other
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I'm about challenging people. Like, properly challenging them and their assumptions.


Quote: If you're black in America, race is a factor in your life. Start with that assumption. by author Henry Hampton overlaid on photo of Henry Hampton quote; white text on black background

If you're black in America, race is a factor in your life. Start with that assumption.


Quote: Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and no one is alive. by author Hugh Kingsmill overlaid on photo of blue weimariner
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Society is based on the assumption that everyone is alike and no one is alive.


Quote: Hmmm.... supposing is a dangerous practice. by author Neal Stephenson overlaid on photo of photo of author Neal Stephenson with quote

Hmmm.... supposing is a dangerous practice.


Quote: To assume is to presume. by author Jude Morgan overlaid on photo of person holding black and orange box
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To assume is to presume.


Quote: Instead of trying to group people into something and have this one assumption, get to know someone for who they are. I guess a lot of people are really lazy to start getting to know people or make that effort. by author Amber Liu overlaid on photo of calm ocean
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Instead of trying to group people into something and have this one assumption, get to know someone for who they are. I guess a lot of people are really lazy to start getting to know people or make that effort.


Quote: We never look beyond our assumptions and what's worse, we have given up trying to meet others; we just meet ourselves. by author Muriel Barbery overlaid on photo of photo of author Muriel Barbery with quote

We never look beyond our assumptions and what's worse, we have given up trying to meet others; we just meet ourselves.




Quote: Assumptions are usually presumptuous but often correct. by author Walter Darby Bannard overlaid on photo of green
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Assumptions are usually presumptuous but often correct.


Quote: Revealed insights should leave us stricken with the knowledge of how little we really know. It should never lead to an emotional arrogance based upon a false assumption that we somehow have all the answers -- that we in fact have a corner on truth. For we do not. by author Hugh B. Brown overlaid on photo of photo of author Hugh B. Brown with quote

Revealed insights should leave us stricken with the knowledge of how little we really know. It should never lead to an emotional arrogance based upon a false assumption that we somehow have all the answers -- that we in fact have a corner on truth. For we do not.


Quote: Don't build roadblocks out of assumptions. by author Lorii Myers overlaid on photo of Lorii Myers quote; white text on black background

Don't build roadblocks out of assumptions.


Quote: It is not really wise to make too many assumptions when you don't yet have all the facts to do so. You may believe your conclusions are logical, while they may turn out to be totally wrong. by author Sahara Sanders overlaid on photo of photo of author Sahara Sanders with quote

It is not really wise to make too many assumptions when you don't yet have all the facts to do so. You may believe your conclusions are logical, while they may turn out to be totally wrong.


Quote: Even if we hear something and we don't understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. by author Don Miguel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Don Miguel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

Even if we hear something and we don't understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions.


Quote: If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don't tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. by author Don Miguel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Don Miguel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don't tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If others tell us something we make assumptions, and if they don't tell us something we make assumptions to fulfill our need to know and to replace the need to communicate. Even if we hear something and we don't understand we make assumptions about what it means and then believe the assumptions. We make all sorts of assumptions because we don't have the courage to ask questions.


Quote: The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real. by author Don Miguel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Don Miguel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

The problem with making assumptions is that we believe they are the truth. We could swear they are real.


Quote: It's always your assumptions about you, about others, about future that make reality worse than it actually is. by author Dragos Bratasanu, Ph. D.  overlaid on photo of Dragos Bratasanu, Ph. D.  quote; white text on black background

It's always your assumptions about you, about others, about future that make reality worse than it actually is.


Quote: New ideas can be supremely bad ideas, and by the time people realize how bad they are, it is sometimes difficult to get rid of them. by author Alister E. McGrath overlaid on photo of photo of author Alister E. McGrath with quote

New ideas can be supremely bad ideas, and by the time people realize how bad they are, it is sometimes difficult to get rid of them.


Quote: The assumption that everyone in government is a bad actor imperils our democracy. by author Asha Rangappa overlaid on photo of Asha Rangappa quote; white text on black background

The assumption that everyone in government is a bad actor imperils our democracy.


Quote: The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking. by author Murray Bookchin overlaid on photo of photo of author Murray Bookchin with quote

The assumption that what currently exists must necessarily exist is the acid that corrodes all visionary thinking.






Quote: You can never make an assumption about the conversation you are about to have with somebody. People will always surprise you, which is what keeps you on your toes. by author Nicky Morgan overlaid on photo of photo of author Nicky Morgan with quote

You can never make an assumption about the conversation you are about to have with somebody. People will always surprise you, which is what keeps you on your toes.


Quote: Most of us make assumptions about how someone will relate to us, and they are often unfounded. by author Michele Jennae overlaid on photo of Michele Jennae quote; white text on black background

Most of us make assumptions about how someone will relate to us, and they are often unfounded.


Quote: I know assuming is easy, and sometimes, reality does not go in the direction of the assumption, but at least, it gives us hope that things may go just right. by author Aishah Madadiy overlaid on photo of Aishah Madadiy quote; white text on black background

I know assuming is easy, and sometimes, reality does not go in the direction of the assumption, but at least, it gives us hope that things may go just right.


Quote: If you leave assumptions lying around unchallenged and uncorrected, it isn't long before they morph into facts. by author Kiran Manral overlaid on photo of Kiran Manral quote; white text on black background

If you leave assumptions lying around unchallenged and uncorrected, it isn't long before they morph into facts.


Quote: The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deceptions. by author Kathleen Hall Jamieson overlaid on photo of photo of author Kathleen Hall Jamieson with quote

The assumption that seeing is believing makes us susceptible to visual deceptions.


Quote: Assumptions are maintained by the hug of history. Yet, history does not guarantee their validity, nor does it ever reassess their validity. by author Michael Michalko overlaid on photo of Michael Michalko quote; white text on black background

Assumptions are maintained by the hug of history. Yet, history does not guarantee their validity, nor does it ever reassess their validity.




Quote: The assumption that anything true is knowable is the grandfather of paradoxes. by author William Poundstone overlaid on photo of William Poundstone quote; white text on black background

The assumption that anything true is knowable is the grandfather of paradoxes.


Quote: You never can tell about these mild-mannered boys. by author James Carl Nelson overlaid on photo of James Carl Nelson quote; white text on black background

You never can tell about these mild-mannered boys.




Quote: Always assume your assumptions about others are wrong. Because often, they are. by author Savania China overlaid on photo of Savania China quote; white text on black background

Always assume your assumptions about others are wrong. Because often, they are.


Quote: The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated. by author Albert Low overlaid on photo of Albert Low quote; white text on black background

The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.


Quote: A theory's assumptions always are and ought to be unrealistic. Further, we should attempt to make them more unrealistic in order to increase a theory's fruitfulness. by author Satoshi Kanazawa overlaid on photo of Satoshi Kanazawa quote; white text on black background

A theory's assumptions always are and ought to be unrealistic. Further, we should attempt to make them more unrealistic in order to increase a theory's fruitfulness.


Quote: Listen with an open mind, gather all the incoming information, both verbal and non-verbal and be careful not to ignore things you don't wish to hear. Don't make assumptions or jump to conclusions. The punchline usually comes at the end! by author Graham Speechley overlaid on photo of Graham Speechley quote; white text on black background

Listen with an open mind, gather all the incoming information, both verbal and non-verbal and be careful not to ignore things you don't wish to hear. Don't make assumptions or jump to conclusions. The punchline usually comes at the end!


Quote: Move beyond the old assumptions, practices, and language that can be barriers to equal access. by author Frances Hesselbein overlaid on photo of Frances Hesselbein quote; white text on black background

Move beyond the old assumptions, practices, and language that can be barriers to equal access.


Quote: Curiosity is life. Assumption is death. by author Mark Parker overlaid on photo of photo of author Mark Parker with quote

Curiosity is life. Assumption is death.


Quote: Assumptions have no strength; only Truth has strength. by author Petros Scientia overlaid on photo of Petros Scientia quote; white text on black background

Assumptions have no strength; only Truth has strength.


Quote: The assumption that men were created equal, with an equal ability to make an effort and win an earthly reward, although denied every day by experience, is maintained every day by our folklore and our daydreams. by author Margaret Mead overlaid on photo of photo of author Margaret Mead with quote

The assumption that men were created equal, with an equal ability to make an effort and win an earthly reward, although denied every day by experience, is maintained every day by our folklore and our daydreams.


Quote: Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true. by author Ivanka Trump overlaid on photo of photo of author Ivanka Trump with quote

Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Perception is more important than reality. If someone perceives something to be true, it is more important than if it is in fact true. This doesn't mean you should be duplicitous or deceitful, but don't go out of your way to correct a false assumption if it plays to your advantage.


Quote: The assumption that things which have been conjured in the past will always be conjured in the guiding principle not of rational but of animal behavior. by author C. S. Lewis overlaid on photo of photo of author C. S. Lewis with quote

The assumption that things which have been conjured in the past will always be conjured in the guiding principle not of rational but of animal behavior.


Quote: Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in. by author Isaac Asimov overlaid on photo of photo of author Isaac Asimov with quote

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.


Quote: Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions. by author Noam Chomsky overlaid on photo of photo of author Noam Chomsky with quote

Rational discussion is useful only when there is a significant base of shared assumptions.


Quote: What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts. by author George Bernard Shaw overlaid on photo of photo of author George Bernard Shaw with quote

What a man believes may be ascertained, not from his creed, but from the assumptions on which he habitually acts.


Quote: When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth. One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth! by author Don Miguel Ruiz overlaid on photo of Don Miguel Ruiz quote; white text on black background

When we believe in lies, we cannot see the truth, so we make thousands of assumptions and we take them as truth. One of the biggest assumptions we make is that the lies we believe are the truth!


Quote: You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions. by author Denis Waitley overlaid on photo of Denis Waitley quote; white text on black background

You must stick to your conviction, but be ready to abandon your assumptions.


Quote: You never know what curve balls life is going to throw you and there's no way I can predict anything or make any assumptions about what the rest of my life is going to be like. by author Carrie Underwood overlaid on photo of photo of author Carrie Underwood with quote

You never know what curve balls life is going to throw you and there's no way I can predict anything or make any assumptions about what the rest of my life is going to be like.


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