Quotations About / On: CONCRETE

  • 1.
    Action is only coarsened thought—thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
    (Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal entry, December 30, 1850.)
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  • 2.
    Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Tetka, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
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    Experience and imagination must enter into the very constitution of our thoughts involving concrete individuals.
    (Zeno Vendler (b. 1921), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at San Diego). Res Cogitans, p. 76, Cornell University Press (1972).)
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    Total loyalty is possible only when fidelity is emptied of all concrete content, from which changes of mind might naturally arise.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. The Origins of Totalitarianism, ch. 10, sect. 1 (1951).)
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    The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
    (Desmond Morris (b. 1928), British anthropologist. The Human Zoo, introduction (1969).)
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    Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. "Gauchesque Poetry" ["La poesía gauchesca"], Discussion [Discusión] (1932).)
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    We thus make a fundamental distinction between the competence (the speaker-hearer's knowledge of his language) and performance (the actual use of language in concrete situations).
    (Noam Chomsky (b. 1928), U.S. mathematical linguist, philosopher, psychologist, political critic. Aspects of the Theory of Syntax, p. 3 (1965). Drawing the author's key distinction for dismissing raw empirical data as providing direct counter-evidence to his linguistic theories of grammar.)
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  • 8.
    We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.
    (Salvador Dali (1904-1989), Spanish painter. Diary of a Genius, entry for Aug. 2, 1953 (1966).)
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  • 9.
    Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
    (Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860), German philosopher. Parerga and Paralipomena, vol. 2, ch. 26, sct. 320 (1851).)
  • 10.
    The computer takes up where psychoanalysis left off. It takes the ideas of a decentered self and makes it more concrete by modeling mind as a multiprocessing machine.
    (Sherry Turkle (b. 1948), U.S. sociologist and psychologist. The Second Self, ch. 9 (1984). Turkle was on the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's program in Science, Technology and Society.)
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