Sunday random blogging: A little wisdom, courtesy of the Doctor

Lord Runolfr recently reminded me of a bit of wisdom, courtesy of the Doctor (fourth Doctor, played by Tom Baker) from the episode entitled The Face of Evil. Here’s the quote:

You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts. They alter the facts to fit their views. Which can be uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.

Apply this quote as you see fit. It certainly rings true.

It also reminds me of some other good Doctor Who quotes:

‘Oil? An emergency? Ha! It’s about time the people who run this planet of yours realised that to be dependent on a mineral slime just doesn’t make sense.’

(The episode from which the above quote came aired over 30 years ago.)


Doctor: Emotions have their uses.

Cyber Leader: They restrict and curtail the intellect, and logic of the mind.

Doctor: They also enhance life. When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal?

Cyber Leader: These things are irrelevant.

Doctor: For some people, small, beautiful events is what life is all about!


Courage isn’t just a matter of not being frightened, you know. It’s being afraid and doing what you have to do anyway.


A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.