The man who has successfully solved the problem of his relations with the two worlds of data and symbols is a man who has no beliefs. With regard to the problems of practical life he entertains a series of working hypotheses, which serve his purposes, but are taken no more seriously than any other kind of tool or instrument. In other words, symbols should never be raised to the rank of dogmas, nor should any system be regarded as more than a provisional convenience.
You must elect your work; you shall take what your brains can, and drop all the rest. Only so can that amount of vital force accumulate which can make the step from knowing to doing. No matter how much faculty of idle seeing a man has, the step from knowing to doing is rarely taken. It is a step out of a chalk circle of imbecility into fruitfulness.
The us is a country [in which] eighty percent of the population thinks the bible was written by god. About half think every word is literally true. So it's had to appeal to that - and to the nativist population, the people that are frightened, have always been... It's a very frightened country and that's increasing now with the recognition that the white population is going to be a minority pretty soon, "they've taken our country from us."
I try to encourage people to think for themselves, to question standard assumptions... Don't take assumptions for granted. Begin by taking a skeptical attitude toward anything that is conventional wisdom. Make it justify itself. It usually can't. Be willing to ask questions about what is taken for granted. Try to think things through for yourself.
The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. It is said that leaders are readers. However if they read trashy magazines for the majority of their time and they never run with the information that they glean from resourceful books, then they may as well have not taken any time to read at all. It is easier to stay out than get out.
I know the look of an apple that is roasting and sizzling on the hearth on a winter's evening, and i know the comfort that comes of eating it hot, along with some sugar and a drench of cream... I know how the nuts taken in conjunction with winter apples, cider, and doughnuts, make old people's tales and old jokes sound fresh and crisp and enchanting.
Lee jordan was finding it difficult not to take sides. 'so after that obvious and disgusting bit of cheating ' 'jordan!' growled professor mcgonagall. 'i mean after that open and revolting foul ' 'jordan, i'm warning you ' 'all right, all right. Flint nearly kills the gryffindor seeker, which could happen to anyone, i'm sure, so a penalty to gryffindor, taken by spinnet, who puts it away, no trouble, and we continue play, gryffindor still in possession.
I like good food. People want a certain taste, but when they're offered something else, they'll overeat. If they really are looking for chicken and someone gives them pork chops, they'll say, "i will have another." and that's because their satisfaction is not reached. So i thought i would make great food, but eat less of it. I tried it and i've taken off over 40 pounds.
All men have heard of the mormon bible, but few except the "elect" have seen it, or, at least, taken the trouble to read it. I brought away a copy from salt lake. The book is a curiosity to me, it is such a pretentious affair, and yet so "slow," so sleepy; such an insipid mess of inspiration. It is chloroform in print. If joseph smith composed this book, the act was a miracle keeping awake while he did it was, at any rate.
I think that the real tragedy of greece - aside of the savagery of european bureaucracy, brussels bureaucracy and northern banks, which was really savage - is that the greek crisis didn't have to erupt. It could have been taken care of pretty easily at the very beginning. But it happened and syriza came into office with a declared commitment to combat it, and in fact as i recall they actually called a referendum, which horrified europe.
There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it.
They say: sufferings are misfortunes," said pierre. 'but if at once this minute, i was asked, would i remain what i was before i was taken prisoner, or go through it all again, i should say, for god's sake let me rather be a prisoner and erat horseflesh again. We imagine that as soon as we are torn out of our habitual path all is over, but it is only the beginning of something new and good. As long as there is life, there is happiness. There is a great deal, a great deal before us.
I admire addicts. In a world where everybody is waiting for some blind, random disaster or some sudden disease, the addict has the comfort of knowing what will most likely wait for him down the road. He's taken some control over his ultimate fate, and his addiction keeps the cause of his death from being a total surprise.
I look on trade and every mechanical craft as education also. But let me discriminate what is precious herein. There is in each ofthese works an act of invention, an intellectual step, or short series of steps taken; that act or step is the spiritual act; all the rest is mere repetition of the same a thousand times.