Quotes by Ernest Dimnet

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Ernest Dimnet (1866-1954) is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the 1930s. Born in France, he moved to the United States after the First World War. The Art of Thinking was on the best-seller lists in the US in the 1930s, alongside Dale Carnegie's self-help works, but it is mostly forgotten today.

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Life is a succession of lessons enforced by immediate reward, or, oftener, by immediate chastisement.

Ideas are the roots of creation.
The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present.
The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
Americans cannot realize how many chances for mental improvement they lose by their inveterate habit of keeping six conversations when there are twelve in the room.

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