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Herman Melville :
Toil is man's allotment; toil of brain, or toil of hands, or a grief that's more than either, the grief and sin of idleness.
[Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Mardi: and a Voyage Thither, ch. 63 (1849).]
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John Ruskin :
Taste is the only morality.... Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
[John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Crown of Wild Olive, lecture 2 (1866).]
Robert Frost :
We don't know where we are, or who we are. We don't know one another; don't know You; Don't know what time it is. We don't know, don't we?
[Robert Frost (1874-1963), U.S. poet. "A Masque of Reason."]
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Raymond Chandler :
Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a televion set.
[Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author. letter, Nov. 22, 1950, to Atlantic Monthly editor Charles W. Morton. Published in Raymond Chandler Speaking (1962).]
Helen Keller :
Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge—broad, deep knowledge—is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heart-throbs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life.
[Helen Keller (1880-1968), U.S. blind/deaf author, lecturer. The Story of My Life, pt. 1, ch. 20 (1903).]
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Umberto Eco :
There is only one thing that arouses animals more than pleasure, and that is pain. Under torture you are as if under the dominion of those grasses that produce visions. Everything you have heard told, everything you have read returns to your mind, as if you were being transported, not toward heaven, but toward hell. Under torture you say not only what the inquisitor wants, but also what you imagine might please him, because a bond (this, truly, diabolical) is established between you and him.
[Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. Brother William, in "First Day: Sext," The Name of the Rose (1980, trans. 1983).]
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Samuel Beckett :
For to know nothing is nothing, not to want to know anything likewise, but to be beyond knowing anything, to know you are beyond knowing anything, that is when peace enters in, to the soul of the incurious seeker.
[Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1953. Molloy, in Molloy, p. 83, Grove Press (1970).]
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Umberto Eco :
The postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently. I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, "I love you madly" because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is a solution. He can say, "As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly."
[Umberto Eco (b. 1932), Italian semiologist, novelist. "Postmodernism, Irony, the Enjoyable," Reflections on the Name of the Rose (1983, trans. 1984).]
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Jerome S Bruner :
Surely knowledge of the natural world, knowledge of the human condition, knowledge of the nature and dynamics of society, knowledge of the past so that one may use it in experiencing the present and aspiring to the future—all of these, it would seem reasonable to suppose, are essential to an educated man. To these must be added another—knowledge of the products of our artistic heritage that mark the history of our esthetic wonder and delight.
[Jerome S. Bruner (20th century), U.S. psychologist and educator. "After John Dewey, What?" Bank Street College of Education Publication (March 1961).]
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Socrates :
Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
[Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Plato, Apology, sct. 19. Of "a gentleman with a reputation for wisdom."]
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