Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.
By: Azar Nafisi
Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute; we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective.
By: Karen Armstrong
In regard to music, I just think that its always best to have an attitude of being a perpetual student and always look to learn something new about music, because theres always something new to learn. Dont dismiss something out of hand because you think its either beneath you or outside of the realm of where your interests lie.
By: David Sanborn
There is this tremendous amount of arrogance and hubris, where somebody can look at something for five minutes and dismiss it. Whether you talk about gaming or 20th century classical music, you cant do it in five minutes. You cant listen to The Rite of Spring once and understand what Stravinsky was all about.
By: Penn Jillette