Complete quotations of authors whose names start with T
To KNOW a PERSON, Close your EYES and OPEN your EARS.
Tait, Peter Guthrie
We have DREAMED the world. Our concepts of TIME and SPACE, the very structure of the universe, are more intimately related to the problems and phenomenon of CONSCIOUSNESS than we have seriously suspected.
Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent.
MYSTICS always hope that SCIENCE will one day overtake them.
- Nothing is so PREPOSTEROUSLY UNSCIENTIFIC than to assert . . . that with the utmost strides attempted by SCIENCE we should NECESSARILY be SENSIBLY NEARER to a CONCEPTION of the ULTIMATE NATURE of MATTER.
- Only sheer IGNORANCE could assert that there is any LIMIT to the amount of information which HUMAN BEINGS may in time acquire of the CONSTITUTION of MATTER. However far we may manage to go, there will still appear before us SOMETHING FURTHER to be ASSAILED. The small separate particles of a gas are each, no doubt less complex in structure than the whole visible universe; but the comparison is a comparison of two INFINITIES.
The BRUTE CURIOSITY of an angel's STARE
Turn you like them to STONE.
Tatishchev, Vasilii Nikitich
FREEDOM is not an essential and basic condition for the growth of SCIENCE; the care and diligence of government authorities are the most
important conditions for this development.
Twinkle, twinkle, little STAR,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky."
Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich
I cannot write MUSIC with LOVE and ENTHUSIASM for any subject, however effective, if the characters do not compel my lively sympathy. If I do not LOVE them, PITY them, as living people LOVE and PITY . . .
Teilhard, de Chardin Pierre
- BEAUTY more than bitterness
Makes the heart break.
VIGNETTES OVERSEAS, Rivers to the Sea 1915
Seek for BEAUTY, she only
Fights with and against DEATH!
THE VOICE, Flame and Shadow 1920
- Look for a lovely thing and you will find it,
It is not far -
It never will be far.
NIGHT, Stars Tonight 1930
- Oh who can tell the range of JOY
Or set the bounds of BEAUTY?
A WINTER BLUE JOY, Rivers to the Sea 1915
- I make the most of all that comes,
And the least of all that goes.
- Spend all you have for LOVELINESS.
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of PEACE
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a breath of ECSTASY
Give all you have been, or could be.
BARTER, Love Songs 1917
- It is strange how often a heart must be broken
Before the years can make it WISE.
DUST, Flame and Shadow 1920
- Though I know he loves me,
Tonight my heart is sad;
His KISS was not so wonderful
As all the DREAMS I had.
THE KISS, Helen of troy 1911
- LIFE is a frail moth flying
Caught in the web of the years that pass.
COME, Rivers to the Sea
- Now at last I have come to see what LIFE is,
Nothing is ever ended, everything only begun,
And the brave victories that seem so splendid
Are never really won.
MIDNIGHT, Flame and Shadow 1920
- When I can look LIFE in the eyes,
Grown calm and very coldly wise,
LIFE will have given me the TRUTH,
And taken in exchange - my youth.
WISDOM, Dark of the Moon
- O BEAUTY, are you not enough?
Why am I crying after LOVE?
SPRING NIGHT, Rivers to the Sea 1915
- Take e LOVE when LOVE is given,
But never think to find it
A sure escape from sorrow
Or a complete repose.
DAY'S ENDING, Dark of the Moon 1926
- LOVE, old LOVE,
How can I be true?
Shall I be faithless to myself
Or to you?
NEW LOVE AND OLD, Rivers to the Sea 1915
- Of better than the minting
Of a gold-crowned king
Is the safe-kept MEMORY
Of a lovely thing.
THE COIN, Flame and Shadow 1920
- MOON. worn thin to the width of a quill,
In the dawn clouds flying,
How good to go, light into light, and still
Giving light, dying.
MOON'S ENDING, Strange Victory 1933
- With my singing I can make
A refuge for my spirit's sake,
A house of shining words, to be
My fragile IMMORTALITY.
INTERLUDE, Love Songs 1917
- It is my best that makes my songs, not I.
WHAT DO I CARE?, Flame and Shadow 1920
- No one worth POSSESSING
CAN be quite POSSESSED.
ADVICE TO A GIRL, Strange Victory 1933
- What we have never had, REMAINS;
It is the things we have that go.
WISDOM, Dark of the Moon 1926
- I have no riches but my THOUGHTS,
Yet these are wealth enough for me.
RICHES, Love Songs 1917
- A hush is over everything -
Silent as women WAIT for love,
The world is WAITING for the spring.
CENTRAL PARK AT DUSK, Helen of troy 1911
- The sad WISDOM of AGE
Wells up without sound.
AGE, Strange Victory 1933
- Créer, c'est unir.
To CREATE is to unify.
- Admittedly the animal knows. But it cannot KNOW that it knows - this is quite certain.
Driven by the force of LOVE
the fragments of the WORLD
seek each other that the WORLD
may come into being.
This is no metaphor;
and it is much more than POETRY.
- Cosmic energy is LOVE, the affinity of being with being. It is a universal property of all life, and embraces all forms of organized matter. Thus, the tendency to write; the attraction of atom to atom, molecule to molecule, or cell to cell. The forces of LOVE drive the fragments of the universe to seek each other so that the world may come into being.
- The day is not distant when HUMANITY will REALIZE that it is faced with a CHOICE between SUICIDE and ADORATION.
- The outcome of the world, the gate of the future, the entry into the SUPER-HUMAN - these are not thrown open to a few of the privileged nor to one chosen people to the exclusion of all others. They will open only to an advance of ALL TOGETHER.
- TRUTH is simply the COMPLETE COHERENCE of the UNIVERSE in relation to EVERY POINT contained within it. Why should we be suspicious of or underestimate this COHERENCE just because we ourselves are the observers? We hear continually of some sort of ANTHROPOCENTRIC ILLUSION contrasted with some sort of OBJECTIVE REALITY. In fact, there is no such distinction. MAN'S TRUTH is the TRUTH of the UNIVERSE for MAN: in other words it is simply TRUTH.
What does it matter if a CAT is BLACK or WHITE so long as it catches mice.
Tennyson, Baron Alfred
- … AGGRESSION is wrong, whether carried out by bow and arrow or by the hydrogen bomb. DEFENCE is right, whether it uses a stream of particles or the concentrated energy locked in the atomic nucleus.
- I hate DOUBT, and yet I am certain that doubt is the only way to approach anything worth believing in.
- I believe in EXCELLENCE. It is a basic need of every human soul. All of us can be excellent, because, fortunately, we are exceedingly diverse in our ambitions and talents.
- SCIENCE, like Music or art, is not something that can or should be practiced by everybody. But we want all children to be able to enjoy music, to be able to tell good music from poor music, so we teach them to appreciate music in a discriminating manner. That should be the aim in SCIENCE EDUCATION for the nonscientist.
- None of us can be EXCELLENT in everything, but each of us must be excellent in something. Unless a person can rightly feel that in some respect he is better than his neighbour, that there is one field in which he can make a UNIQUE contribution, he is not a happy person, he is not a whole person, and he is not an educated person. I don't care whether it is in sports, in literature, in philosophy, in mathematics, in science, in art, or in music, but it must be in something. The rest of us should appreciate him. ECELLENCE and the appreciation of EXCELLENCE should be the aims of education.
- Ask me no more: the moon may draw the sea;
The cloud may stoop from heaven and take the shape,
With fold to fold, of mountain or of cape;
But O too fond, when have I answered thee?
Ask me no more.
Ask me no more: What answer should I give?
I lone not hollow cheek and faded eye:
Yet, O my friend, I will not have thee die!
Ask me no more, lest I should bid thee live;
Ask me no more.
Ask me no more: thy fate and mine are seal'd;
I strove against the stream and all in vain;
Let the great river take me to the main.
No more, dear love, for at a touch I yield;
Ask me no more.
Songs from the PRINCESS
- The old order CHANGETH, giving place to new.
- SUNSET and EVENING STAR
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
TWILIGHT and EVENING BELL,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
For tho' from out our BOURNE of TIME and PLACE
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar."
CROSSING THE BAR
- FLOWER in the crannied wall,
I pluck you out of the crannies.
I hold you here, root and all, in my hand,
Little flower - but if I COULD UNDERSTAND
What you are, root and all, and all in all,
I should know what God and man is."
- . . . The clear GALAXY
Shorn of its hoary lustre, wonderful,
Distinct and vivid with sharp point of light,
Blaze within blaze, an unimagin'd depth
And HARMONY of PLANET-GIRDED SUNS
And MOON--ENCICLED PLANETS, wheel in wheel,
Arch'd the wan sapphire. Nay, the hum of men.
Or other things talking in unknown tongues,
And notes of busy life in distant worlds
Beat like a far wave on my anxious ear.
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Timbuctoo 1824 - 1829
- KNOWLEDGE comes, but WISDOM lingers.
- In LOVE, if LOVE be LOVE, if LOVE be ours,
FAITH and UNFAITH can ne'er be equal powers;
UNFAITH in aught is want of FAITH in all.
It is the little rift within the lute,
That by and by will make the music mute,
And ever widening slowly silence all.
The little rift within the lover's lute,
Or little pitted speck in garner'd fruit,
That rotting inward SLOWLY moulders all.
It is not worth the keeping: let it go:
But shall it? answer, darling, answer, no.
And TRUST ME NOT AT ALL OR ALL IN ALL.
- SWEET is true LOVE tho' given in vain, in vain;
And SWEET is DEATH who puts an end to pain:
I know not which is SWEETER, no, not I.
LOVE art thou SWEET? then BITTER DEATH must be:
LOVE. thou art BITTER; SWEET is DEATH to me.
O LOVE, if DEATH be SWEETER, let me die.
SWEET LOVE, that seems not made to fade away,
SWEET DEATH, that seems to make us loveless clay,
I know not which is SWEETER, no, not I.
I fain would follow LOVE, if that could be;
I needs must follow DEATH, who calls for me;
Call and I follow, I follow! Let me DIE.
- MUSIC that gentlier on the spirit lies,
Than tir'd eyelids upon tir'd eyes;
MUSIC that brings sweet sleep down from the blissful skies.
- Are GOD and NATURE then at strife,
That NATURE lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life.
In Memoriam A.H.H.
- Vex not thou the poet's mind
With thy shallow wit;
Vex not thou the poet's mind,
For thou canst not fathom it.
Clear and bright it should be ever,
Flowing like a crystal river,
Bright as light, and clear as WIND.
Dark-brow'd sophist, come not anear;
All the place is holy ground;
Hollow smile and frozen sneer
Come not here,
Holy water will I pour
Into every spring flower
Of the laurel shrubs that hedge it around.
The flowers would faint at your cruel cheer.
In your eye there is death,
There is frost in your breath
Which would blight the plants.
Where you stand you cannot hear
From the groves within
The wild-bird's din.
In the heart of the garden the merry bird chants.
It would fall to the ground of you came in.
In the middle leaps a fountain
Like sheet lightning,
With a low melodious thunder;
All day and all night it is ever drawn
From the brain of the purple mountain
Which stands in the distance yonder.
It springs on a level of bowery lawn,
And the mountain draws it from heaven above,
And it sings a song of undying love;
And yet tho' its voice be so clear and full
You never would hear is, your ears are so dull;
So keep where you are; you are foul with sin;
It would shrink to the earth if you came in.
The Poet's Mind 1830
- All the SUNS - are these but symbols of innumerable MAN,
MAN or MIND that sees a shadow or the planner of the plan?
Is there EVIL but on earth or PAIN in every peopled sphere?
Well, be grateful for the sounding watchword 'EVOLUTION' here . . . . .
While the silent heavens roll, and SUN along their fiery way,
All their PLANETS whirling round them, flash a million miles a day.
Many an aeon moulded EARTH before her highest, man, was born,
Many an aeon too may pass when EARTH is manless and forlorn,
EARTH so huge, and yet so bounded - pools of salt and plots of land -
Shallow skin of green and azure - chains of mountains, grains of sand!
Only That which made us meant us to be mightier by and by,
Set the sphere of all the boundless heavens within the HUMAN EYE,
Sent the shadows if Himself, the boundless, through the HUMAN SOUL;
BOUNDLESS INWARD in the ATOM, BOUNDLESS OUTWARD in the WHOLE."
Locksley Hall Sixty Years After 1886
- Sweet and low, sweet and low,
Wind of the western sea,
Low, low, breathe and blow,
Wind of the western sea!
Over the rolling waters go,
Come from the dying moon, and blow,
Blow him again to me;
While my little one, while my pretty one, sleeps.
Sleep and rest, sleep and rest,
Father will come to thee soon;
Rest, rest, on mother's breast,
Father will come to thee soon;
Father will come to his babe in the nest,
Silver sails all out of the west
Under the silver moon;
Sleep, my little one, sleep, my pretty one, sleep."
Sweet and Low; Songs for THE PRINCESS 1850
- TEARS, IDLE TEARS, I know not what they mean,
TEARS from the depth of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes,
In looking on the happy Autumn-fields,
And thinking of the DAYS that are NO MORE.
Fresh as the first beam glittering on a sail,
That brings our friends up from the underworld,
Sad as the last which reddens over one
That sinks with all we love below the verge;
So sad, so fresh, the DAYS that are NO MORE.
Ah, sad and strange as in dark summer dawns
The earliest pipe of half-awaken'd birds
To dying ears, when into dying eyes
The casement slowly grows a glimmering square;
So sad, so strange, the DAYS that are NO MORE.
Dear as remember'd kisses after death,
And sweet as those by hopeless fancy feign'd
On lips that are for others; deep as love,
Deep as first love, and wild with al regret;
DEATH in LIFE, the DAYS that are NO MORE.
Tears, Idle Tears; Songs for the Princess
- TIME driveth onward fast
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All things are taken from us and becomes
Portions and parcels of the dreadful PAST."
- KNOWLEDGEcomes, but WISDOM lingers.
Thackeray, William Makepeace
To be a GENTLEMAN is to be honest, to be gentle, to be generous, to be brave, to be wise, and, possessing all these qualities, to EXERCISE them in the most GRACEFUL outward MANNER.
Tharp, Evelyn K.
- . . . But now a mechanism consisting of a finite number of parts and few at that, cannot perform an INFINTE number of DEFINITE MOTIONS, hence the impulses which govern its MOVEMENTS must come from the ENVIRONMENT. So the ATOM, the ulterior element of the Universe's structure is tossed about in space ETERNALLY, a play of external influences, like a boat in a troubled sea. Were it to stop its MOTION it WOULD DIE. MATTER at rest, if such a thing could exist, would be MATTER dead. Death of MATTER! Never has a sentence of deeper philosophical meaning been uttered . . . There is NO DEATH of MATTER, for THROUGHOUT the INFINITE UNIVERSE, all has to MOVE to VIBRATE, that is, to LIVE.
- Every LIVING BEING is an ENGINE geared to the WHEELWORK of the UNIVERSE. Though seemingly affected only by its immediate surrounding, the sphere of external influence extends to infinite distance. There is no constellation or nebula, no sun or planet, in all the DEPTHS of LIMITLESS SPACE, no passing wanderer of the starry heavens, that does not exercise some control over its DESTINY - not in the vague and delusive sense of ASTROLOGY, but in the rigid and positive meaning of PHYSICAL SCIENCE. More than this can be said. There is nothing endowed with life - from man, who is enslaving the elements, to the humblest creature - in all this world that does not sway it in turn. Whenever action is born from force, though it be infinitesimal, the COSMIC BALANCE is upset and universal motion results.
- . . . But there is a possibility of obtaining ENERGY not only in the form of light, but motive power, and ENERGY of any other form, in some more direct way from the MEDIUM. The time will be when this will be ACCOMPLISHED, and the time has come when one may utter such words before an enlightened audience without being considered a VISIONARY. We are whirling through ENDLESS space with an INCONCEIVABLE speed, all around us everything is spinning, everything is moving, everywhere is ENERGY. There MUST be some way of availing ourselves of this ENERGY more directly. Then, with the light obtained from the MEDIUM, with the power derived from it, with every form of ENERGY obtained without effort, from the store FOREVER INEXHAUSTIBLE, humanity will advance with giant strides. The mere contemplation of these magnificent possibilities expands our minds, strengthens our hopes and fills our hearts with supreme delight.
- Nature has stored up in the universe INFINITE ENERGY. The ETERNAL recipient and transmitter of this INFINITE ENERGY is the ETHER. The recognition of the existence of ether, and of the functions it performs, is one of the most important results of modern scientific research. The mere abandoning of the idea of action at a distance, the assumption of a MEDIUM pervading all space and connecting all gross matter, has freed the minds of thinkers of an ever present doubt, and, by opening a new horizon - new and unforeseen possibilities - has given fresh interest to phenomena with which we are familiar of old. It has been a great step towards the understanding of the FORCES of NATURE and their MULTIFOLD MANIFESTATIONS to our SENSES. It has been for the enlightened student of physics what the understanding of the mechanism of the firearm or of the steam engine is for the barbarian. Phenomena upon which we used to look as wonders baffling explanation, we now see in a different light. The spark of an induction coil, the glow of an incandescent lamp, the manifestations of the mechanical forces of currents and magnets are no longer beyond our grasp; instead of the INCOMPREHENSIBLE as before, their observation suggests now in our minds a simple mechanism, and although as to its precise nature all is still conjecture, yet we know that the truth cannot be much longer hidden, and instinctively we feel that the understanding is dawning upon us. We still admire these beautiful phenomena, these strange forces, but WE ARE HELPLESS NO LONGER; we can in a certain measure explain them, account for them, and we are hopeful if finally succeeding in unravelling the MYSTERY which surround them.
- Knowing the far-reaching importance of this first attempt and its effect upon future development, I shall proceed slowly and carefully. Experience has taught me not to assign a term to enterprises the consummation of which is not wholly dependent on my own abilities and exertions. But I am hopeful that these great realizations are not far off, and I know that when this work is completed they will follow with
MATHEMATICAL CERTITUDE. When the great truth accidentally revealed and experimentally confirmed
is fully recognized, that this planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to ELECTRIC CURRENTS VIRTUALLY NO MORE THAN A SMALL METAL BALL and that by this fact many possibilities, each baffling imagination and of incalculable consequence, are rendered absolutely sure of accomplishment; when the first plant is inaugurated and it is shown that a telegraphic message, almost as secret and non-interferable as a thought, can be transmitted to any terrestrial distance, the sound of the human voice, with all its intonations and inflections, faithfully and instantly reproduced at any other point of the globe, the energy of a waterfall made available for supplying light, heat pr motive power, anywhere - on sea, or land, or high in the air - HUMANITY will be LIKE AN ANT HEAP STIRRED UP WITH A STICK: See the excitement coming!
- Of all the endless variety of PHENOMENA which nature presents to our senses, there is none that fills our minds with greater wonder that INCONCEIVABLY COMPLEX movement which, in its entirety, we designate as HUAMN LIFE. Its mysterious origin is veiled in the FOREVER IMPENETRABLE mist of the past, its character is rendered INCOMPREHENSIBLE by its INFINITE INTRICACY, and its destination is hidden in the UNFATHOMABLE depths of the future. Whence does it come? What is it? Whether does it tend? are the great questions which the sages of all times have endeavoured to answer.
- It is idle to dream of DISARMAMENT and UNVERSAL PEACE in the face of the terrible events which are now unfolding. They prove conclusively that NO COUNTRY will be ALLOWED to CONTROL ALL OTHERS by ANY MEANS. Before all peoples can feel secure of their national existence and worldwide harmony established, certain obstacles will have to be removed, the chief of which are German militarism, British domination of the seas, the rising tide of Russian millions, the yellow peril and the money power of America. These adjustments will be slow and pennible in conformity with natural laws. INTERNATIONAL FRICTION and ARMED CONFLICT will not be banished from the earth for a LONG PERIOD to COME. The drag on human progress would not be so great if WAR ENERGY could be maintained in PURELY POTENTIAL FORM. This can and will be done through the introduction of wireless power. Then the destructive energy will be obtained without effort merely by controlling the life sustaining forces of peace.
- I have observed the above effects so far only up to a limited distance of about six hundred miles, but in as much as there is virtually no limit to the power of the vibrations producible with such an oscillator, I feel quite confident of the success of such a plant for effecting TRANSOCEANIC COMMUNICATION. Nor it this all. My measurements and calculations have shown that it is perfectly practicable to produce on our globe, by the use of these principles, an electrical movement of such magnitude that, without the slightest doubt, its effect will be perceptible on some of our nearer planets, as Venus and Mars. Thus from mere possibility INTERPLANETARY COMMUNICATION has ENTERED the STAGE of PRABABILITY. In fact, that we can produce a distinct effect on one of those planets in this novel manner, namely, by disturbing the electrical condition of the earth, is beyond any doubt. This way of effecting such communications is, however, essentially different from all other which have so far been proposed by scientific men. In all the previous instances only a minute fraction of the total energy reaching the planet - as much as it would be possible to concentrate in a reflector - could be utilized by the supposed observer in his instrument. But by the means I have developed he would be enabled to concentrate the larger proportion of the entire energy transmitted to the planet in his instrument, and the chances of effecting the latter are thereby increased many millionfold. Besides machinery for producing vibrations of the required power, we must have delicate means capable of revealing the effects of feeble influences exerted upon the earth. For such purposes, too, I have perfected new methods. By their use we shall likewise be able, among other things, to detect at considerable distance the presence of an iceberg pr other object at sea. By their use, also, I have discovered some terrestrial phenomena STILL UNEXPLAINED. THAT WE CAN SEND A MESSAGE to a PLANET is CERTAIN, that we can GET AN ANSWER is PROBABLE: MAN is not the ONLY BEING in the INFINITE GIFTED with a MIND.
- It is extremely difficult for me to put this experience before the reader in its true light for it is altogether EXTRAORDINARY. When an idea presents itself it is, as a rule, crude and imperfect. Birth, growth and development are phases normal and natural. It was different with my INVENTION. In the very moment I became conscious of it. I saw it FULLY DEVELOPED and PERFECTED. Then again, a THEORY, however plausible, must usually be confirmed by EXPERIMENT. Not so the one I had formulated. It was being daily demonstrated , every dynamo and motor was ABSOLUTE PROOF of its SOUNDNESS. The effect on me was INDESCRIBABLE. MY IMAGININGS were EQUIVALENT to REALITIES. I had carried out what I had undertaken and pictured myself achieving wealth and fame. But more than all this was to me the revelation that I was an INVENTOR. This was the one thing I wanted to be. Archimedes was my ideal. I admired the works of ARTISTS, but to my mind, they were only shadows and semblances. The INVENTOR, I thought, gives the world CREATIONS which are palpable, which live and work.
- In the prevention of CRIME electrical instruments will soon become an important factor. In court proceedings electric evidence will often be decisive. In a time not distant it will be possible to flash any image formed in THOUGHT one a screen and render it VISIBLE at any place desired. The perfection of this means of READING THOUGHT will create a REVOLUTION for the BETTER in all our REALTIONS. Unfortunately, it is true, that cunning lawbreakers will avail themselves of such advantages to further their nefarious business.
- There is no subject more captivating, nor worthy of study, than NATURE. To UNDERSTAND this great MECHANISM, to discover the forces which are active, and the laws which govern them, is the HIGHEST AIM of the INTELLECT of man.
- . . . But in the present phase of human development occasional convulsions are in the order of things. A still greater struggle will probably come., that between the UNITED RACES of the Orient and Occident. So long as there are different NATIONALTIES there will be patriotism. This feeling must be ERADICATED from our hearts before PERMANENT PEACE can be established. Its place must be filled by LOVE of NATURE and SCIENTIFIC IDEAL. SCIENCE and DISCOVERY are the great forces which will lead to that consummation.
- In how far we can understand the world around us is the ultimate thought of every student of nature. The coarseness of our SENSES prevents us from recognizing the ulterior construction of MATTER, and ASTRONOMY , this grandest and most positive of natural sciences, can only teach us something that happens, as it were, in our immediate neighborhood; of the remoter portions of the BOUNDLESS universe, with its NUMBERLESS stars and suns, we know nothing. But FAR BEYOND the LIMIT of PERCEPTION of our SENSES the SPIRIT still can guide us, and so we may hope that even these UNKNOWN WORLDS - INFINITELY SMALL and GREAT - may in a measure become known
to us. Still, even if this KNOWLEDGE should reach us, the searching MIND will find a barrier, PERHAPS for FOREVER UNSURPASSABLE, to the TRUE recognition of that which SEEMS to be, the mere APPEARANCE of which is the only and slender basis of all our PHILOSOPHY.
The only place to begin
a search for PEACE
is with your very soul.
the FIRST man to the top of the hill is generally shot at - Ah, but he is first to see the other side.
Many a time ere now I have stayed to think and wonder - I fancy the marvel will never grow less - why it is that we Greeks are not all one in
character, for we have the same climate throughout the country and our people enjoy the same education.
Thomas à Kempis, Thomas Hammerken
- Just as, when learning to speak, a baby babbles in all the phonemes of all the languages of the world, but after listening to its mother's replies soon learns to BABBLE in only the phomenes of its mother's language, so we mathematicians BABLE in all possible branches of mathematics, and ought to listen to mother nature in order to find out which branches of mathematics are natural.
- All MODELS divide naturally . . . into two a priori distinct parts: one is KINEMATICS, whose aim is to PARAMETRIZE the forms of the states of the process under consideration, and the other is DYNAMICS, describing the EVOLUTION in TIME of these forms.
RAGE, RAGE AGAINST the DYING of the LIGHT.
A SOCIETY can be JUDGED by the way it treats its most DISADVANTAGED, its LEAST BELOVED, its MAD. As things stand now, we must be judged a poor lot, and it is time to MEND our ways.
Thompson, Sir D'Arcy Wentworth
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Thus the glory of the world passes away.
- We feel and weight soon enough what we SUFFER from others; but how much others suffer from us, of this we take no heed.
- Would to God that we might spend a single day really well!
- Nam homo proposit, sed Deus disposit.
Man proposes but God disposes
- It is much safer to OBEY than to RULE.
- If you cannot mould yourself as you would wish, how can you expect other people to be entirely to your liking?
- It behoves us to REMEMBER that . . . it has taken GREAT men to DISCOVER SIMPLE things.
- The HARMONY of the world is made manifest in FORM and NUMBER, and the HEART and SOUL of all the POETRY of NATURAL PHILOSOPHY are embodied in the CONCEPT of MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY.
- The PERFECTION of MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY is such תתת that whatsoever is most BEAUTIFUL and REGULAR is also found to be the MOST USEFUL and EXCELLENT.
- NUMERICAL PRECISION is the very soul of SCIENCE.
- The harmony of the world is made manifest in FORM and NUMBER, and the heart and soul of all the poetry of Natural Philosophy are embodied in the concept of MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY.
- The perfection of MATHEMATICAL BEAUTY is such . . . that whatsoever is most beautiful and regular is also found to be the most useful and excellent.
- Nothing begins and nothing ends
That is not paid with MOAN;
For we are born in other's PAIN,
And PERISH in our own.
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When to the new eyes of thee
All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling a STAR;
When the song is shield and mirror
To the fair snake-curled Pain,
Where thou dar'st affront her terror
That on her thou may'st attach
Persian conquest; seek no more,
Pass the gate of Luthany, tread the region Elenore.
So sang she, so wept she,
Through a dream-night's day;
And with her magic singing kept she -
Mystical in music -
The garden of enchanting
In visionary May;
Songless from my spirits haunting
Thrice-threefold walled with emerald from our mortal mornings grey
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THE MISTRESS OF VISION
Amid the radiant orbs,
That more than deck, that animate the sky,
The life-infusing SUNS of OTHER WORLDS תתת
The enlighten'd few תתת they in their powers exult,
That wondrous force of thought, which mounting spurns
This dusky spot, and measures all the sky."
Thoreau, Henry David
Thorpe, William H.FRS
- There is always some ACCIDENT in the BEST THINGS, whether thoughts of expressions or deeds. The memorable thought, the happy expression, the admirable deed are only partly ours. The thought came to us because we were in a fit mood; also we were unconscious and did not know that we had said or done a good thing. We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then LEAP in the DARK to our success. What we do best or most perfectly is what we have most thoroughly learned by the longest practice, and at length it falls from us without our notice, as a leaf from a tree. It is the LAST time we shall do it - our unconscious leavings.
- What does EDUCATION often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
- Beware of all ENTERPRISES that require NEW clothes.
- GOODNESS is the only investment that never fails.
- What other LIBERTY is there worth having, if we have not the FREEDOM and peace in our minds - if our inmost and most private man is but a sour and turbid pool.
- Every man TRACKS himself through LIFE.
- It is the MAN who determines what is said, not the words. If a mean person uses a wise maxim, I bethink me how it can be interpreted so as to commend itself to his meanness; but if a wise man makes a commonplace remark, I consider what wider construction it will admit.
- I do not know where to FIND in any LITERATURE whether ancient or modern, any adequate account of that NATURE with which I am acquainted. MYTHOLOGY comes nearest to it of any.
- All SCIENCE is only a make-shift, a means to an end which is never attained . . . all description is postponed till we know the WHOLE, but then science itself will be cast aside. But inconsidered expressions of our delight which any natural object draws from us are something complete and
final in themselves, since all NATURE is to be regarded as it concerns man; and who knows how near to absolute truth such unconscious affirmations may come? . . . WE SHALL SEE BUT LITTLE , IF WE REQUIRE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE SEE. HOW FEW THINGS CAN A MAN MMEASURE WITH THE TAPE OF HIS UNDERSTANDING?
- Not till we are lost . . . do we begin to understand ourselves.
- It is pardonable when we spurn the proprieties, even the sanctities, making them STEPPING-STONES to something higher.
- TIME is but the STREAM I go a-fishing in.
- As the last drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of TRUTH colors our whole life. It is never isolated, or simply added as treasure to our stock. When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
- All PERCEPTION of TRUTH is the detection of an ANALOGY; we reason from our hands to our head.
- Not by constraint or severity shall you have access to true WISDOM, but by ABANDONMENT and CHILDLIKE MIRTHFULNESS. If you would know aught, be gay before it.
- Nothing goes by luck in COMPOSITION. It allows no tricks. The best you can WRITE will be the best you are. Every sentence is the result of a long probation. The author's character is read from title-page to end. Of this he never corrects the proofs. We read it as the essential character of a handwriting without regard to the flourishes. And so of the rest of our actions; it runs as straight as a ruled line through them all, no matter how many curvets about it. OUR WHOLE LIFE IS TAXED FOR THE LEAST THING WELL DONE: IT IS ITS NET RESULT. How we eat, drink, sleep, and use our desultory hours, now in these indifferent days, with no eye to observe and no occasion [to] excite us, determines our authority and capacity for the time to come. Journal 1841
- To set down such choice experiences that my own WRITING may inspire me and at last I may make wholes of parts. Certainly it is a distinct profession to resume from oblivion and to fix the SENTIMENTS and THOUGHTS which visit all men more or less generally, that the contemplation of the unfinished picture suggests its harmonious completion. Associate reverently and as much as you can with your loftiest THOUGHTS. Each THOUGHT that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid. THOUGHTS accidentally thrown together become a frame in which more may be developed and exhibited. Perhaps this is the main value of a habit of WRITING, of keeping a journal - that so we remember our best hours and stimulate ourselves. My THOUGHTS are my COMPANY. They have a certain individuality and separate existence, aye, personality. Having by chance recorded a few disconnected THOUGHTS and then brought them into juxtaposition, they suggest a whole new field in which it was possible to labor and to think. THOUGHT BEGAT THOUGHT. Journal 1852
- ETHOLOGY, the comparative study of animal behavior, provides strong evidence (which it would take too much space to recount here) that something like conscious mind must have evolved a number of times in the course of the evolutionary history of the animal kingdom.
- . . . The question I am asking is whether the physiologist here can suggest that a machine of given complexity or a brain of given complexity would be more likely to be fully effective than a less complex physiological mechanism merely by virtue of the fact that it has acquired consciousness? Is that in itself likely to make it more effective? You see, I am impressed by the evidence that CONSCIOUSNESS must have EVOLVED CERTAINLY more than once, probably a NUMBER of TIMES, in DIFFERENT ANIMAL LINEAGES. One wants to know why this is. Is there a good selective reason for it or is there just no reason at all why the animal should have got quite as well without having developed this apparently strange and new faculty?
- . . . The general trend of the work of philosophers of science in the last half century has been increasingly to make clear that in spite of the enormous progress of science in explaining the complex in terms of the simple, and special cases as instances of general laws, there are big and seemingly unbridgeable discontinuities in the account of the world as we range from the supposed ' primordial gases' and particles to this stupendously complex and awesomely great universe which we now realize we inhabit. Thus it now seems clear that however perfect our knowledge of the details of any supposed 'primordial nebula' might have been, and however thorough our understanding of the particles of which such a nebula could have been constituted, it would still have been logically impossible to have foretold the development of the world of heavy atoms such as carbon and iron on which life as we know it must depend. That is to say the world which the chemist studies can, it seems, never be FULLY explained and interpreted in terms of physics. Rather there seems to be a real discontinuity - a real unforseeable emergence of something new. Similarly the marvelous epoch of discoveries of the genetic code through which we have recently lived seems, quite contrary to the popular belief, to make it far less comprehensible how life might have arisen from non-living than it was before. The possibility of this having happened 'by chance' are, so far as we can see, so infinitely improbable that science as such can have an opinion to express life may have arisen many times in the history of the cosmos, it may on the other hand be absolutely unique and have arisen only once. Science has, as yet, NO GROUNDS for considering one alternative more probable than another. Similarly when we come to the great frontier of knowledge, the relation between the private world of personal consciousnes and the world picture resulting from the application of the scientific methods of, for instance, physics, biochemistry, genetics and physiology, are we again confronted with a seemingly unbridgeable gap where something truly and completely new appears to have emerged over the horizon. Now it is clear that the scientist must always try to interpret and explain the complex in terms of the simple, the 'higher' in terms of the 'lower'; for
that - REDUCTIONISM as it is called - is of the very nature, the basic technique, of the scientific enterprise. Indeed all of us working scientists regard this as our universally applicable conceptual tool. Yet we have compelling logical reasons for believing that science, from its very notion, can never yield a complete self-coherent picture of the world. There will always be a residue, something behind and beyond, which science is unable to grasp.
- Man's RAPIDLY INCREASING CONTROL over NATURAL FORCES holds out prospects of MATERIAL ACHIEVEMNTS that are dazzling; but unless this INCREASED CONTROL of MATERIAL POWER can be matched by a great MORAL and SPIRITUAL ADVANCE, it threatens the CATSTROPHIC BREAKDOWN of HUMAN CIVILIZATION. Consequently, the need was never as urgent as now for a synthesis of the kind of understanding to be gained through various ways - scientific, philosophical and religious - of SEEKING TRUTH.
- We ANARCHISTS must STICK TOGETHER.
- It is commonly agreed that the INVENTOR of a WEAPON used to kill and main must share in large measure the GUILT for its thousands of victims. By the way, who DID INVENT the BICYCLE CHAIN?
- BEWARE of the SUPERFICIALLY PROFOUND.
RELIGION is, in truth, that PURE and REVERENTIAL disposition or frame of mind which we call PIETY.
RELIGION is the aspect of depth in the totality of the human spirit. What does the metaphor depth mean? It means that the religious aspect points to that which is ULTIMATE, INFINITE, UNCONDITIONAL, in man's spiritual life. RELIGION, in the largest and most basic sense of the word, is ULTIMATE CONCERN. And ULTIMATE CONCERN is manifest in all creative functions of the human spirit.
Timiryaev, Kliment Arkadevich
Should HYPOTHESIS, that is the guiding THOUGHT, be TOTALLY RENOUNCED, SCIENCE will become an AGGLOMERATION of naked FACTS.
SCIENCE FICTION is basically a product of the industrial revolution. This outstanding fact helps us to understand its history, its future, and the crisis in which it finds itself.
Tolman, Richard Chace
It is appropriate to approach the problems of COSMOLOGY with feelings of RESPECT for their importance, of AWE for their vastness, and of EXULTATION for the temerity of the HUMAN MIND in attempting to solve them. They must be treated, however, by the DETAILED, CRITICAL, and DISPASSIONATE methods of the scientist.
Tolstoy, Count Lev Nikolayevich
- Just because we're not CURRENTLY using a TECHNOLOGY doesn't mean that it doesn't work anymore.
- For every VISION there is an EQUAL and OPPOSITE REVISION.
TOURISM not only FEEDS on our CULTURAL HERITAGE, it is liable to DESTROY it utterly.
- There are no conditions to which a man cannot become ACCUSTOMED, especially if he sees that all those around him live in the same way.
- BOREDOM: the DESIRE for DESIRES
- The great objects of ART are great solely because they are within the reach of ALL and INTELLIGIBLE to ALL.
- HYPOCRISY is anything whatever may DECEIVE the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of CHILDREN recognizes it, and is REVOLTED by it, however ingeniously it may be DISGUISED.
- There is trouble with a WIFE, but it's even worse with a woman who is not a wife.
- HAPPY FAMILIES are all alike; every UNHAPPY FAMILY is unhappy in its own way.
- If so many men. so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of loves.
- In every man there is a DIVINE SPARK, because every man is the son of God.
- MUSIC is the shorthand of EMOTION. EMOTIONS which let themselves be described in words with such difficulty, are directly conveyed to man in MUSIC, and in that is its power and significance.
- The HIGHEST WISDOM has but one SCIENCE, the science of the whole, the SCIENCE explaining the CREATION and MAN'S PLACE IN IT.
- Not LIES but the SEMBLANCE of TRUTH is the main obstacle to learning the TRUTH.
- The purpose of the MIND is to discover the TRUTH; it is, therefore, a big and harmful mistake to use the MIND for CONCEALING or DISTORTING the TRUTH.
- KNOWLEDGE without a MORAL foundation is meaningless.
- HAPPINESS is a pleasure without remorse.
- There is but one incontestable HAPPPINESS - LIVING for the SAKE of ANOTHER.
- Man must be HAPPY. If he is not, he is himself to blame. And he must work assiduously until this DISCOMFORT or MISUNDERSTANDING is removed.
- To be HAPPY one must first have FAITH that HAPPINESS is possible.
- To be HAPPY you must continuously STRIVE for HAPPINESS and understand what it is. HAPPINESS depends not on circumstances, but on yourself.
- There are two wishes which, if fulfilled, make one truly HAPPY - to be USEFUL and to have a CLEAR CONSCIENCE.
Tovey, Sir Donald
- It has been said that I play better than I compose and talk better than I play, especially when talking about my composition.
- As Paul Valery once said:` A piece of ART is never achieved, it's only abandoned.
- THE ESSENCE OF MUSIC IS LOVE …
- . . . ART BELONGS to the WORLD. The ensemble that does justice to the Faure quartett is a RUSSIAN one. None has ever sung Schumann like Kathleen Ferrier. She is something that I cannot qualify. It is something more than perfect, more than anything I can say. I am not saying the value of her voice. It's her soul. It's pure soul to me. It's pure soul that sings. It's not a singer with soul.
- I feel at ease with Bach though he is God. I feel at ease with Haydn, with Tchaikovsky and with Dvorak. With Kodaly it is a little less. It would be all right if I could forget the markings. There is still doubt about how I play it.
- Strauss is the last of the great composers of the size of Beethoven and Wagner. In my room I have three pictures - Beethoven and his two sons, Wagner and Strauss.
- I want to live 100 years. I want to go another 50 years, because I feel I have just been born. I want to die young but as late as possible.
- Instead of saying 'I am not sure the English people understand music but there's no doubt they like the noise it makes' Beecham should have said 'People like the noise for the music it makes.
- Harmony in man's heart brings forth harmony in his voice, and the voice is the expression of the harmony between the heavens and the earth.
Toynbee, Arnold Joseph
- A musical composition in CLASSICAL TONALITY has a TONIC CHARD, which will normally be the final chard of the whole, and sound which all other chards will be grouped in definite relation.
- The nearest parallel to TONALITY I can find in other arts or senses is PERSPECTIVE. תתת The correctness of the PERSPECTIVE depends upon the painter having referred all the objects of his picture to one horizon . . . the vanishing point of all lines being within the picture in the middle of its horizon תתת There are plenty of beautiful pictures that imply a different horizon for each item that can be viewed separately; and while we label the masters of such art PRIMITIVE, we have outgrown the philistinism that prefers consistent PERSPECTIVE to all decorative merits.
- Who are . . . the greatest BENEFACTORS of the living generation of mankind? I would say: Confucius and Lao tzu; the Buddha; the Prophets of Israel and Judah; Zoroaster, Jesus and Mohammed; and Socrates.
- Thus we stand now at a turning point in the history of the BIOSPHERE and in the shorter history of one of its products and denizens, MANKIND. MAN has been the first of MOTHER EARTH'S children to subdue LIFE'S MOTHER and to wrest out the hands of LIFE'S father, the SUN, the fearful force of SOLAR POWER. Man has now let this POWER lose in the BIOSPHERE, naked and untempered, for the first time since the BIOSPHERE became habitable for life. Today we do not know whether MAN is going to be WILLING or ABLE to avoid bringing Phaeton's fate on himself and on his fellow living beings. MAN is the first species of living being in our BIOSPHERE that has acquired the power to wreck the BIOSPHERE and, in wrecking it, to liquidate himself. As a PSYCHOSMATIC ORGANISM, MAN is subject, like every other form of LIFE. to an 'INEXORABLE' LAW of NATURE. MAN, like his fellow living beings of other kinds, is an integral part of the BIOSPHERE, and, of the BIOSPHERE were to be UNINHABITABLE, MAN, as well as all other species, would become extinct.
- The Pala Kingdom disseminated the MAHAYANA not only in Tibet in the seventh century but also, in the eighth century, in distant JAVA. In JAVA the MAHAYANA is no longer alive, but is has left an abiding monument of its presence at BOROBUDUR in one of the MOST LOVELY of all HUMAN WORKS of ART. Here in 772 the founder of the SHAILENDRA DYNASTY encased a hill in a stupa, and the bas reliefs that adorn the encircling tiers of terraces give a visual presentation of the whole world of MAHAYANIAN MYTHOLOGY and METAPHYSICS. The natural setting of this exquisite work of art is as lovely as the architecture and the sculpture. The sheer mountain that rises on one side is balanced by the green paddies that spread out on the other side. BOROBUDUR has immortalized the EPHEMERAL SHAILENDRA EMPIRE that created this monument.
- BOROBUDUR "a comprehensive poem about the MYSTERY of the UNIVERSE, a symphony of the INAUDIBLE MUSIC of the SPHERES.
- . . . only the FATHERHOOD of GOD MAKES POSSIBLE the BROTHERHOOD of MAN, under whose aegis shall the world be unified?
- The only society that is capable of embracing the whole of MANKIND is a SUPERHUMAN CIVITAS DEI; and that the conception of a society that embraces all MANKIND and yet nothing but MANKIND is an ACADEMIC CHIMAERA. I would rather call the first part of this statement an academic chimaera . . .
- Thus the progression of LIFE in the BIOSPHERE appears to reveal in itself two tendencies that are ANTITHETICAL and CONTRARY to each other. When a HUMAN being surveys the history of the BIOSPHERE as far as its present point, he finds that it has produced both EVIL and GOOD and both WICKEDNESS and VIRTUOUSNESS. There are, of course, exclusively HUMAN concepts. Only a being that possesses CONSCIOUSNESS can distinguish between EVIL and GOOD and can CHOOSE between acting WICKEDLY and ACTING VIRUOUSLY. These concepts are NON-EXISTENT for NON-HUMAN living creatures, and they are deemed to be EVIOL or GOOD by HUMAN acts of judgment. Does this mean that ETHICAL STANDARDS are imposed arbitrarily by a HUMAN fiat, and that this fiat is irrelevant to the facts of LIFE and is therefore utopian? We might be constrained to draw this conclusion if MAN were simply a spectator and a censor, viewing and appraising the BIOSPHERE from outside. Certainly MAN is both a spectator and a censor. These roles of his are corollaries of his faculty of CONSCIOUSNESS and of his consequent unavoidable POWER and NEED to make ETHICAL choices and to pass ETHCAL JUDGMENTS. But MANKIND is also a branch of the tree of LIFE; we are one of the products of LIFE'S progression; and this means that Man's ETHICAL
STANDARDS and JUDGMENTS are inherent in the BIOSPHERE and therefore in the total reality of which the BIOSPHERE is a part. Thus LIFE and CONSCIOUSNESS and GOOD and EVIL are no less real than the matter with which, in the BIOSPHERE, they are MYSTERIOUSLY associated. If we guess that matter is a primordial constituent of reality, we have no ground for supposing that these NON-MATERIAL manifestations of reality are not primordial likewise.
- The HUMAN SPIRIT that dwells in each of us cannot refrain from seeking for an explanation of the Universe in which we find ourselves, and it insists that our WELTANSCHAUUNG shall give the Universe significance without making it the Universe center round the self. In logic it may be impossible to reconcile these two requirements. Yet, even in the teeth of logic, the HUMAN SPIRIT will not consent to abandon its search for explanation of the mystery; and the new gospel revealed by the higher religions does seem to offer a reconciliation in the intuition that the MEANING of LIFE , ECISTENCE, and REALITY is LOVE.
- MAN is a PSYCHOSOMATIC INHABITANT of the BIOSPHERE that coats the surface of the planet EARTH, and in this respect he is one among the species of living creatures that are children of MOTHER EARTH. But MAN is also a SPIRIT, and, as such, he is in communication with - and in the mystics' experience, is identical with - a SPIRITUAL REALITY that is not of this WORLD. As a SPIRIT, MAN possesses CONSCIOUSNESS, he distinguishes between GOOD and EVIL, and in his acts he makes CHOICES. In the ethical field, in which MAN'S choices are either for EVIL or for GOOD, his choices produce a MORAL credit-and-debit account. We do not know whether this account is closed at the death of each short-lived HUMAN BEING or whether (as Hindus and Buddhists believe) it runs on through a potentially endless series of REINCARNATIONS. For the network of relations between INCARNATE HUMAN BEINGS that constitutes human society, the account is still open and will remain open so long as MANKIND allows the BIOSPHERE to remain inhabitable. Will MANKIND MURDER MOTHER EARTH or will he redeem her? He could murder her by misusing his increasing TEVHNOLOGICAL POTENCY. Alternatively he could redeem her by OVERCOMING the SUICIDAL, AGGRESSIVE GREED that, in all living creatures, including MAN himself, has been the price of the GREAT MOTHER'S gift of LIFE. This is the enigmatic question which now confronts MAN.
- Since the dawn of civilization there has been a disparity between Man's TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESSION and his SOCIAL PERFORMANCE. The advance of TECHNOLOGY, particularly the most recent advance during the two centuries 1773 - 1973, has vastly increased Man's WEALTH and POWER, and the 'MORALITY GAP' between Man's physical POWER for doing evil and his SPIRITUAL CAPACITY for coping with this POWER has yawned as wide open as the mythical jaws of Hell. During the last 5,000 years, the widening 'MORALITY GAP' has caused mankind to inflict on itself grievous disasters. Man's SPIRITUAL INADEQUACY has set a limit to his SOCIAL PROGRESS and therefore to his TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS too; for, as TECHNOLOGY has grown in scale and in complexity, it has increased its requirements of SOCIAL COOPERATION among the producers of WEALTH. Since the beginning of the current INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, MECHANIZATION has introduced a second limitation on TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS. MECHANIZATION has been making industrial work more productive materially at the cost of making it less satisfying PSYCHLOGICALLY, and this has made the workers restive and has tended to lower the standard of workmanship.
- The HUMAN RACE'S prospects for SURVIVAL were considerably better when we were DEFENCELESS against tigers than they are today when we have become DEFENCELESS against OURSELVES.
- I have now answered the question: 'What should man LIVE for?' In my belief, LOVE, CREATION, and UNDERSTANDING are the PURPOSES for which man should LIVE, for which he should give his LIFE, and for which he should sacrifice himself if, in pursuit of these objects, sacrifice turns out to be demanded of him.
- However, a HUMAN BEING has to LIVE and ACT during his psychosomatic life in the BIOSPHERE, and the demands of LIFE and ACTION force him to provide himself with provisional answers to the RIDDLES presented to him by the PHENOMENA, even if he cannot obtain these answers from SCIENCE and even if he believes that SCIENTIFIC knowledge is the ONLY TRUE kind of knowledge. The belief is not impregnable. Nevertheless, it is true that answers which are found outside the confines of SCIENCE are unverifiable acts of FAITH. They are not INTELLECTUAL demonstrations; they are RELGIOUS INTUITIONS. Therefore it seems probable that in the future, as in the past, LIFE will compel human beings to answer the ULTIMATE QUESTIONS in the INTUITIVE UNVERIFIABLE terms of RELIGION. Superficially the post-scientific and the pre-scientific expressions of RELIGION may seem to be poles apart from each other. Every past expression of RELIGION has been attended to the INTELLECTUAL OUTLOOK of the time and place at which each particular expression was formulated. But the underlying essence of RELIGION is, no doubt, as constant as the essence of HUMAN NATURE itself. RELIGION is, in fact, an INTRINSIC and DISTINCTIVE trait of HUMAN NATURE. It is a human being's necessary response to the challenge of the MYSTERIOUSNESS of the PHENOMENA that he encounters in virtue of his uniquely HUMAN faculty of CONSCIOUSNESS.
- SCIENCE will be used for DESTRUCTIVE PURPOSES if we act on the assumption that NATURE EXISTS for MAN. This collective egocentric assumption can be overcome only in the field of INDIVIDUAL SPIRITUAL LIFE. Each human being has to MASTER his own personal EGOCENTRICITY. RELIGION is, I agree, the ONLY FACULTY of human nature that is capable of inspiring human beings to master themselves, either individually or collectively. Only the RELIGIOUS ATTITUDE towards human life and its environment can enable us to recognize once again, as our ancestors recognized, that, in spite of his exceptionally great power, MAN is a part of nature and must COEXIST with the rest of NATURE if nature, and man in his necessary natural environment , are to survive. RELIGION seems to me to be a NECESSITY of LIFE for a being that possesses consciousness and that consequently has the power, and hence also the inescapable compulsion, to make CHOICES. The GREATER MAN'S POWER, the GREATER his NEED for RELIGION. If the application of science is not inspired and directed by religion, science will be applied to the indulgence of GREED, and it will serve GREED so effectively
that it will be DESTRUCTIVE.
- the GREAT RELIGIONS and PHILOSOPHIES declare that the proper goal of every living creature is to subdue and extinguish its natural SEL-CENTEREDNESS - to die unto itself. They also declare unanimously that this effort is difficult, because it is contrary to nature, but that it is, at the same time, the ONLY TRU WAY of SELF-FULFILLMENT and, therefore, the only true way of attaining SELF-SATISFACTION and HAPPINESS. SELF-FULFILLMENT through self-subordination and self-sacrifice is a paradox. If this procedure is true and right, the attempt to establish an individual living being as an entity that is separate from the rest of the universe is unnatural from the standpoint of the universe as a whole, though it is natural from the standpoint of the living being trying to assert its separateness and its dominance. Both SELF-CENTEREDNESS (EGOISM) and LOVE (ALTRUISM) testify that reality in itself - including obviously the hereditarily determined individual and its environment - is one and indivisible. SELF-CENTEREDNESS is an attempt to reestablish the temporarily and partially disrupted unity of reality by orienting the universe round some particular living being. LOVE is an attempt to reestablish the unity of reality by abandoning the pursuit of SELF-CENTEREDNESS and reemerging the particular living being in the indivisible universe. Though love and self-centeredness are antithetical in terms of aims and ethics, they resemble each other in being two impulses whose common field of operation is the universe as a whole. This indicates that the MENTAL DISTINCTION between a living being and its environment is nonexistent in reality-in-itself.
- Our COMMON HUMAN NATURE is differentiated into DIFFERENT SPIRITUAL TYPES; these different types find spiritual satisfaction in different presentations of RELIGION; and the recent 'annihilation of distance' has made it possible, now, for the first time, for an individual to choose for himself, when grown up, the RELIGION that he finds most congenial to him, instead of inheriting a RELIGION AUTOMATICALLY through the accident of the time and place of his birth, without regard to his individual temperament.
- The outer surface of a RELIGION reflects the style of the time and place in which the RELIGION originally took place. The heart of RELIGION is a response to PERENNIAL HUMAN SPIRITUAL NEEDS. In a time of unusually radical and rapid technological and social change, such as we are experiencing today, RELIGIONS may present themselves in UNFAMILIAR FORMS; yet, beneath the surface, their essence may prove to be the same as that of the HISTORIC RELIGIONS which we recognize as being RELIGIONS, whether or not we adhere to them. RELIGION is one of the INTRINSIC FACULTIES of HUMAN NATURE. At any rate, hitherto, every human society, and every individual
participant in every society, has had a RELIGION. Neither UNAWARENESS nor INDIFFERENCE nor HISTILITY can eliminate RELIGION from human life.
LI>MAN BEING were to lose his SOUL, he would cease to be human; for the essence of being human is an awareness of a SPIRITUAL PRESENCE behind the phenomena, and it is as a SOUL, not as a psychosomatic organism, that a HUMAN BEING is in communication with this SPIRITUAL PRSENCE, or is even identical with it in the experience of the MYSTICS.
- The TRUTH apprehended by the SUBCONSCIOUS PSYCHE finds natural expression in POETRY; the TRUTH apprehended by the INTELLECT finds its natural expression in SCIENCE תתת On the POETIC level of the Subconscious Psyche, the comprehensive vision is PROPHECY; on the scientific level of the Intellect it is METAPHYSICS.
- . . .. either the various CHURCHES and RELIGIONS will snarl each other out of existence until no more is left of them than was left of the Kilkenny cats at the end of their strictly similar activities, or else a UNIFIED HUMAN RACE will find salvation in a religious unity. A UNITED MANKIND may well find a common myth and symbol, but for the UNIFICATION of the WORLD I would rather rely on sanity, intelligence - and a little love.
- Every form of COMPETITIVENESS is HARMFUL. The worst form of all is to COMPETE in RIGHTEOUSNESS. The GOOD man always wants OTHERS to be BETTER than he is.
- TLIGH has to be treated sometimes as particles; sometimes as waves. GOD, perhaps, sometimes as PURE BEING; sometimes as a LOVING MOTHER. DIFFERENT approaches for DIFFERENT people and DIFFERENT occasions.
- T.H. HUXLEY admitted that HUMAN ETHICS are directly OPPOSED to the jungle LAWS of EVOLUTION. He might have gone further and seen that true, exorbitant GOODNESS is equally OPPOSED to the urbane laws of enlightened SELF-INTEREST.
- THEOLOGY should be derived from a REFLECTIVE INTERPRETATION of HUMAN EXPERIENCE (Schleiermacher). This ought to be a truism, for where else do any valid ideas come from? But much THEOLOGY is like a CUBE BALANCED on one of its CORNERS; that corner being the original EXPERIENCE and all the rest a PRECARIOUS INTELLECTUAL SUPERSTRUCTURE.
- What I mean by MORAL PROGRESS is an INCREASING and ACTIVE RECOGNITION of the fact that OTHER HUMAN BEINGS are FULLY as HUMAN as oneself.
O heavenly fire! O sacred light!
How fair and bright!
How great am I,
Whom the whole world doth magnify!
O heavenly joy!
A great and sacred blessedness
Which I possess!
So great a joy
Which did into my arms convey
From God above
Being sent, the gift doth me inflame
To praise his name;
The stars do move,
The sun doth shine, to show his love.
O how divine
AmI! To all this sacred wealth,
The life and health,
Who raised? Who mine
Did make the same? What had divine?
Trevelyan, George Macaulay
The function of GENIUS is not to give NEW ANSWERS, but to pose NEW QUESTIONS which TIME and MEDIOCRITY can resolve.
The POET is in command of his FANTASY, while it is exactly the mark of the NEUROTIC that he is possessed of his FANTASY.
Trimble, George S.
Actually the biggest DETERRENT to SCIENTIFIC PROGRESS is a refusal of some people, including scientists, to believe that things that seem amazing can really happen.
Trotsky (Bronstein), Leon (Lev Davidovich)
- EDUCATION . . . has produced a VAST POPULATION able to READ but unable to DISTINGUISH what is WORTH READING.
- . . . The tendency of men imbued with the scientific attitude to adopt a rational and a humanistic point of view is illustrated by the opposition of the British scientists of the mid-nineteenth century to the policies of Eyre, the governor of Jamaica, who repressed a disturbance there in 1865 in a particularly arbitrary and barbaric fashion. Writing of the incident in his life of John Bright, Trevelyan remarks:
'Except for Tyndal, the men of the finest SCIENTIFIC MIND, - Darwin, Huxley,Mill, Leslie Stephen, Sir Charles Lyell, - ranged themselves on the side of law and humanity, whilst those whose cue it sometimes was to complain of the hardness of the scientific attitude to life, - Carlyle, Ruskin, Kingsley, Tennyson, - showed by their own conduct how prone sentimentalists are to INCONSIDERATE worship of BRUTE FORCE and the 'STRONG man'.
Truman, Harry S.
- The development of ART is the highest test of the VITALITY and SIGNIFICANCE of each EPOCH.
- Anyone desiring a QUIET LIFE has done badly to be born in the TWENTIETH CENTURY.
Tsiolkovsky, Konstantin Eduardovich
- I can assure you that FLYING SAUCERS, given that they EXIST, are not constructed by any POWER on EARTH.
- Sixteen hours ago an AMERICAN airplane dropped a bomb on HIROSHIMA . . . It is a harnessing of the BASIC POWERS of the UNIVERSE. The force from which the SUN draws its POWERS has been loosened against those who brought war to the Far East.
- There is a RIGHT kind and a WRONG kind of VICTORY, just as there are wars for the RIGHT thing and wars that are wrong from every standpoint . . . The kind of VICTORY (Mac Arthur) had in mind - VICTORY by the bombing of CHINESE cities, VICTORY by expanding the conflict to all of CHINA -would
have been the WRONG kind of VICTORY.
All organizations are originated from a single species. This single species has undergone many gradual and CONTINUOUS CHANGES and then given rise to all organisms of different forms. Such organisms were not DIFFERENTIATED immediately, but on the contrary they acquired their differences through GRADUAL CHANGE, generation after generation.
ALL CREATIVE EFFORT - including the making of an omelet - is PRECEDED by DESTRUCTION.
Tuchman, Barbara W.
HISTORY is the UNFOLDING of MISCALCULATION.
In CAPITALISM, man EXPLOITS man. In SOCIALISM, it's exactly the opposite.
I have been poor and I have been rich. Rich is better.
A sense of GRAVITY, of a strong relation between the form of the object and the ground on which it lies, has been central to the most vital modern SCULPTURE since Rodin. GRAVITY unites SCULPTURE and SPECTATOR in a common dependence on and resistance to the pull of the earth. Materials and
structure, volume and space, the unity and proportions of sculpture, do not speak for themselves but articulate a complex and profound sense of our own being in the world. Because the object is fixed and still, its 'life' consists in the evocation, remaking even, of our freedom to move, within the given terms of its own structure. A sense of GRAVITY is the factor which mediates our visual perception of SULPTURE with our conceptual knowledge of its 'real' form. The life of SCULPTURE has in fact always subsisted in this gap between the known and the perceived; it was the articulation of this gap by perspective which gave painting its three centuries of dominance over SCULPTURE. But it was the great achievement of
Rodin to have recovered this territory for SCULPTURE, using the same vehicle as the Renaissance masters, the human figure, to realize within its own structure the essential duality of SCULPTURE, its INTERNAL, physical, and its EXTERNAL, perceived nature.
TECHNOLOGY makes it possible for people to GAIN CONTROL over everything, except over technology.
Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich
- However doubtful a HYPOTHESIS may be, it is useful is it enables us to COMPARE known phenomena and PREDICT new ones. This is true of the HYPOTHESES of electricity, the structure of the atoms, and others.
- That which is IMPOSSIBLE today will be possible tomorrow.
- So much of what we cannot do today we will LEARN to do tomorrow. The primitive man KNEW very little of what we KNOW now. But only the fools among the primitives thought what they KNOW is all there is to KNOW.
- First, and inevitably so, come the THOUGHT, FANCY and DREAM. These are followed by SCIENTIFIC CALCULATION, and then , at long last, the THOUGHT reaches fulfillment.
- The real facts almost always eclipse the imagination of PROPHETS.
- MANKIND will not REMAIN TIED to earth forever.
- Man will not always stay on earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar SPACE.
- To step out onto the soil of asteroids, to lift with your own hand a stone on the moon ....., to land on Martian satellites and even on the surface of Mars - what could be more extravagant! However, it is only with the advent of REACTIVE VEHICLES that a new and great era in ASTRONOMY will
begin, the epoch of a careful study of the sky ....
- THE EARTH IS THE CRADLE OF THE MIND, BUT ONE DOES NOT LIVE IN THE CRADLE FOR EVER. Humanity will venture beyond the edge of the atmosphere and then will boldly move out and occupy all of the worlds and spaces around the sun.
Turnbull, Herbert Westren
The story has now been told of a few among many whose admirable GENIUS has composed the lofty themes which go to form our present-day heritage. Agelong has been the noble toil that has called forth a SIMPLICITY and STEADFASTNESS of purpose in all its greatest exponents. And if this little book perhaps may bring to some, whose acquaintance with MATHEMATICS is full of TOIL and DRUDGERY a knowledge of those great spirits who have found in it an INSPIRATION and DELIGHT, the story has not been told in vain. There is a largeness about MATHEMATICS that transcends race and time: MATHEMATICS may humbly help in the market-place, but it also reaches to the stars. To one, MATHEMATICS is a GAME (but what a game!) and to another it is the handmaiden of theology. The greatest MATHEMATICS has the SIMPLICITY and INEVITABLENESS of supreme POETRY and MUSIC, standing on the borderland of all that is WONDERFUL in SCIENCE, and all that is BEAUTIFUL in ART. MATHEMATICS transfigures the fortuitous concourse of atoms into the tracery of the finger of God.
- READ not indiscriminately, choose your BOOKS DELIBERATELY, cultivate your TASTE and THINKING.
- People who tie themselves to systems cannot encompass the whole TRUTH, but try to catch it by the tail . . . TRUTH is like a lizard: it leaves its tail in your fingers and runs away, knowing that it will grow a new one quickly.
Twain (Clemens), Mark Samuel Lamghorne)
- Thank God I am BLACK. WHITE people will have a lot to answer for at the LAST JUDGMENT.
- I will not be told by any SECULAR AUTHORITY what gospel I must PREACH.
Any country that has SEXUAL CENSORSHIP will EVENTUALLY have POLITICAL CENSORSHIP.
SUPERSTITION may be defined as constructive religion which has grown incongruous with intelligence.
- A CLASSIC is something that everybody WANTS to have READ and nobody WANTS to READ.
- EDUCATION consists mainly in what we have unlearned.
- In the first place, God made idiots. This was for practice. Then he made school boards.
- The holy passion of FRIENDSHIP is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature it will last though a whole lifetime, if not asked to LEND MONEY.
- MY way of JOKING is to tell the TRUTH. It's the FUNNIEST JOKE in the world.
- What a wee part of a person's LIFE are his acts and his words. His real LIFE is led in his head, and is KNOWN to NONE but HIMSELF.
- I believe our Heavenly Father INVENTED MAN because he was DISAPPOINTED in the MONKEY.
- In all matters of OPINION our adversaries are INSANE.
- PREACHERS are always PLEASANT when they are OFF DUTY.
- ALWAYS do RIGHT. This will GRATIFY some people and ASTONISH the rest.
- There are so many HUMOUROUS things in the world: among them the WHITE MAN'S NOTION that he is less SAVAGE than OTHER SAVAGES.
- There is something fascinating about SCIENCE. One gets such wholesome returns of CONJECTURE out of such a trifling investment of FACT.