If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Speech at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (8 October 1952).
I profoundly believe that there is on this horizon, as yet only dimly perceived, a new dawn of conscience. In that purer light, people will come to see themselves in each other, which is to say they will make themselves known to one another by their similarities rather than by their differences. Man’s knowledge of things will begin to be matched by man’s knowledge of self.
Speech in Springfield Illinois (24 October 1952).
The first quote supports focusing on creativity and original thought.
The second quote discourages originality and focuses on sameness. However, the conclusion of the second statement does not follow from the paragraph which spawned it; it supports instead the first remark. Perhaps he had memorized too many speeches and forgot on 24 Oct, that he was in Springfield, thinking instead that he was back in Wisconsin. After all, we didn’t have Teleprompters back then. Did we?