Quote by Socrates: “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discu...”
Great Minds Discuss Ideas; Average Minds Discuss Events; Small Minds Discuss People
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind. Small minds cannot grasp great ideas; to their narrow comprehension, their purblind vision, nothing seems really great and important but themselves. Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary. Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination. Small minds have always lashed out at what they don't understand. Men and women range themselves into three classes or orders of intelligence; you can tell the lowest class by their habit of always talking about persons; the next by the fact that their habit is always to converse about things; the highest by their preference for the discussion of ideas.
Average minds discuss events. Great minds discuss ideas. Regardless of the speaker it raises interesting ideas, but raises them in a manner which more or less defeats the implied judgment. If it is small-minded to judge people, is that not precisely the effect of this quote? The richness of our lives is in our connections with others. How we treat others is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves.
“Average Minds Discuss Events”
Disputed [ edit ] No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. It can't. Quotographer Rosalie Maggio scoured that book and many others by and about Roosevelt in search of this line, without success. In their own extensive searching, archivists at the Franklin D. A discussion of some of the earliest known attributions of this quote to Roosevelt, which may be a paraphrase from an interview, can be found in this entry from Quote Investigator. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.