A Mind should be like a door, or a mouth

An open mind is all very well in its way, but it ought not to be so open that there is no keeping anything in or out of it. It should be capable of shutting its doors sometimes, or it may be found a little drafty.

Samuel Butler, the 19th century British novelist

I think he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. Whereas I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

G.K. Chesterton, criticizing the notion of the ever-open and never-closed mind as espoused by H.G. Wells, Chesterton, Autobiography, 1967, pp.223-224

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