ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joins, delights,
laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations.
And by this, in a special manner, we acquire wisdom and knowledge, and
see and hera and known what are foul and what are faire, what are bad and
what are good, what are sweet and what are unsavory... And by the same
organ we become mad and delirious, and feras and terros assail us... All
these things we endure from the brain when it is not healthy... In these
ways I am of the opinion that the brain exercises the greatest power in
highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought
to control our thoughts.
James used to preach the "will to believe". For my part, I should
wish to preach the "will to doubt"...
What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
definition of man is "an intelligence served by organs."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas
in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
human head is bigger than the globe. It conceives itself as containing
more. It can think and rethink itself and ourselves from any desired point
outside the gravitational pull of the earth. It starts by writing one thing
and later reads itself as something else. The human head is monstrous.
tends to make us believe that there exists a certain point of the mind
at which life and death, the real and the imagined, past and future, the
communicable and the incommunicable, high and low, cease to be perceived
a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing,
touching, precious. At least the past is safe-though we didn't know it
at the time. We know it now. Because it's in the past; because we have
order to be able to set a limit to thought, we should have to find both
sides of the limit thinkable (i.e. we should have to be able to think what
cannot be thought).
reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.
Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer.
is something rare in individuals-but in groups, parties, peoples, ages
it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher.
good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite
easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack
of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
William Hazlitt (1778-1830), English essayist.
One may understand the cosmos, but never the ego; the self is more distant than any star. G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936), British author.