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  • Tacit knowledge is one of the most important concepts of current scholarship in the humanities. Ambitious and important, Tacit and Explicit Knowledge is a well-written and original book. -- Robert P. Crease
  • The rules of friendship are tacit, unconscious; they are not rational. In business, though, you have to think rationally. -- Steven Pinker
  • Money doesn't mind if we say it's evil, it goes from strength to strength. It's a fiction, an addiction, and a tacit conspiracy. -- Martin Amis
  • Some theists in evolutionary science acquiesce to these tacit rules and retain a personal faith while accepting a thoroughly naturalistic picture of physical reality. -- Phillip E. Johnson
  • Symbolic violence is violence wielded with tacit complicity between its victims and its agents, insofar as both remain unconscious of submitting to or wielding it. -- Pierre Bourdieu
  • There's a tacit understanding among clubs that a good player shouldn't miss out on the big break of his career or a chance at exponentially improved earnings. -- Tim Howard
  • Culture is the tacit agreement to let the means of subsistence disappear behind the purpose of existence. Civilization is the subordination of the latter to the former. -- Karl Kraus
  • The laws receive their force and authority from an oath of fidelity, either tacit or expressed, which living subjects have sworn to their sovereign, in order to restrain the intestine fermentation of the private interest of individuals. -- Cesare Beccaria
  • We have Christians against Muslims against Jews, and no matter how liberal your theology, merely identifying yourself as a Christian or a Jew lends tacit validity to this status quo. People have morally identified with a subset of humanity rather than with humanity as a whole. -- Sam Harris
  • All the analysis of infinite reality which the finite human mind can conduct rests on the tacit assumption that only a finite portion of this reality constitutes the object of scientific investigation, and that only it is 'important' in the sense of being 'worthy of being known.' -- Max Weber
  • There's a tacit belief that actors shouldn't write books, they're sort of allowed to direct movies but there will be a lot of skepticism, and they shouldn't do artwork or music. There are these invisible roadblocks to gain entree to these areas for actors, and you kind of have to crash through those invisible barriers. -- James Franco
  • Marriage is a sort of tacit hunting in couples. -- Susan Sontag
  • Conventionality is the tacit agreement to set appearances before reality, form before content ... -- Ellen Key
  • Any warning normally implies, even if it is tacit, that there should be changes -- Steven Biko
  • The laissez-faire argument relies on the same tacit appeal to perfection as does communism. -- George Soros
  • Revolutionary constituencies always involve a tacit alliance between the least alienated and the most oppressed. -- David Graeber
  • The socialist countries have the moral duty of liquidating their tacit complicity with the exploiting countries of the West. -- Che Guevara
  • Beware of "the real world". A speaker's apeal to it is always an invitation not to challenge his tacit assumptions. -- Edsger Dijkstra
  • The silence of a friend commonly amounts to treachery. His not daring to say anything in our behalf implies a tacit censure. -- William Hazlitt
  • Masters are always and everywhere in a sort of tacit, but constant and uniform combination, not to raise the wages of labor. -- Adam Smith
  • There is in every miracle a silent chiding of the world, and a tacit reprehension of them who require, or who need miracles. -- John Donne
  • At any given moment, there is a sort of all pervading orthodoxy, a general tacit agreement not to discuss large and uncomfortable facts. -- George Orwell
  • There was a tacit understanding between them that 'liquor helped'; growing more miserable with every glass one hoped for the moment of relief. -- Graham Greene
  • Usually a person relates to another under the tacit assumption thatthe other shares his view of reality, that indeed there is only onereality.... -- Paul Watzlawick
  • From the outset, however, this whole controversy has been plagued by tacit assumptions, very often of a philosophical rather than a physical character... -- David Bohm
  • Agile methods derive much of their agility by relying on the tacit knowledge embodied in the team, rather than writing the knowleadge down in plans. -- Barry Boehm
  • I can be all pissed off at the oppression of the state, but what does that really mean? Well, it's the tacit consent of a public. -- Cecily McMillan
  • (Politeness is) a tacit agreement that people's miserable defects, whether moral or intellectual, shall on either side be ignored and not be made the subject of reproach. -- Arthur Schopenhauer
  • In prayer we call ourselves 'worms of the dust', but it is only on a sort of tacit understanding that the remark shall not be taken at par. -- Mark Twain
  • There's a tacit agreement today that the white male is the only legitimate target for any and all satire, criticism, and so forth. And we pretty much just accept it. -- Jack Nicholson
  • True values are not taught and declared, they evolve through the acts and interaction of the living, they are understood at a near tacit level by those who live them. -- Dave Snowden
  • Those who seek consolation in existing churches often pay for their peace of mind with a tacit agreement to ignore a great deal of what is known about the way the world works. -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • In all conversation between two persons, tacit reference is made, as to a third party, to a common nature. That third party or common nature is not social; it is impersonal; is God. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • While tacit knowledge can be possessed by itself, explicit knowledge must rely on being tacitly understood and applied. Hence all knowledge is either tacit or rooted in tacit knowledge. A wholly explicit knowledge is unthinkable. -- Michael Polanyi
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