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SPECULATION
[ Also see Conjecture Curiosity Facts Fancy Imagination Metaphysics Philosophy Reverie Theories Thought Wonder ]

Wise man was he who counselled that speculation should have free course, and look fearlessly towards all the thirty-two points of the compass, whithersoever and howsoever it listed.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Speculation is only a word covering the making of money out of the manipulation of prices, instead of supplying goods and services.
      - Henry Ford

The besetting evil of our age is the temptation to squander and dilute thought on a thousand different lines of inquiry.
      - Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet Herschel

The history of humankind to trace
  Since Eve, the first of dupes, our doom unriddled,
    A certain portion of the human race
      Has certainly a taste for being diddled.
        Witness the famous Mississippi dreams!
          A rage that time seems only to redouble--The banks, joint, stocks, and all the flimsy schemes.
            For rolling in Pactolian streams
              That cost our modern rogues so little trouble
                No matter what, to pasture cows on stubble
                  To twist sea-sand into a solid rope,
                    To make French bricks and fancy bread of rubble,
                      Or light with gas the whole celestial cope--
                        Only propose to blow a bubble,
                          And Lord! what hundreds will subscribe for soap!
      - Thomas Hood

When speculation has done its worst, two and two still make four.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")


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