EUGENE IONESCO, FRAGMENTS OF A JOURNAL
The road to wisdom?
-- Well, it's plain and simple to express:
and err again
You cannot create experience, you must undergo it.
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.
All systems of belief, as Kenneth Burke pointed out, are at their core strategies created to encompass very specific historical situations.
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.
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.
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.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman thinks of the next generation.
JAMES FREEMAN CLARKE
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|Publication:||ETC.: A Review of General Semantics|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2000|
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