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ABSTRACTIONS.

A single word can put you on the right track, a second disturbs you, and at the third you panic. With the fourth, utter confusion reigns. The logos once meant action as well; it has become paralysis. What's a word? Whatever is not lived with ardent intensity .... If people talk so much about language it's because they're obsessed with what they lack .... Words no longer demonstrate, they chatter .... They stop silence from speaking.

EUGENE IONESCO, FRAGMENTS OF A JOURNAL

The road to wisdom?

-- Well, it's plain and simple to express:

Err

and err

and err again

but less

and less

and less.

PIET HEIN

You cannot create experience, you must undergo it.

ALBERT CAMUS

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE

Definition: Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.

AMBROSE BIERCE

All systems of belief, as Kenneth Burke pointed out, are at their core strategies created to encompass very specific historical situations.

ANTHONY WOLLAN

Man has ... discovered a new method of adapting himself to his environment. Between the receptor system and the effector system, which are to be found in all animal species, we find in man a third link which we may describe as the symbolic system. This new acquisition transforms the whole of human life. As compared with the other animals man lives not merely in a broader reality; he lives, so to speak, in a new dimension of reality.

ERNST CASSIRER

Discovery! To give birth to an idea, to discover a great thought ... an intellectual nugget, right under the dust of a field that many a brain-plough had gone over before .... To be first -- that is the idea.

MARK TWAIN

Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature made them.

BERTRAND RUSSELL

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.

JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE
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