Quotations About / On:
Poetry is both abstract and concrete.
Action is only coarsened thoughtthought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.
(Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), Swiss philosopher, poet. Journal entry, December 30, 1850.)
Love wants to be confirmed with concrete symbols, but recklessness loves instability.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Tetka, in Libussa, act 1 (1872).)
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).)
The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.
(Desmond Morris (b. 1928), British anthropologist. The Human Zoo, introduction (1969).)
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).)
When a Lion wants to meet with his subordinates, patience becomes the order of the day and not because he is the king of the jungle but because his words are concrete.
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.)
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).)
Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seemsbut as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.
(Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. "All-India Radio," bk. 2, Midnight's Children (1981).)