R.W. Lynd Quotation #1

•2009-12-02 • Leave a Comment

“Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.”

– Robert Wilson Lynd

Note: R.W. Lynd (1879 – 1949) was a British writer, an urbane literary essayist and strong Irish nationalist. He was born and educated in Belfast, and settled in Hampstead in London, as a contributor to many publications. He became a fluent Irish speaker, and Gaelic League member.

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Andre Gide on Logic

•2009-11-12 • Leave a Comment

The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.

-Andre Gide (French Writer)

Nietzsche on Individualism

•2009-10-28 • Leave a Comment

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

– Nietzsche

Seneca on Fighting

•2009-10-16 • Leave a Comment
To fight with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.
Seneca the Elder

To fight with an equal is dangerous; with a superior, mad; with an inferior, degrading.

Seneca the Elder

Goethe on Enslavement

•2009-10-05 • Leave a Comment

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

– Goethe

Alexander Pope on Ambition

•2009-09-28 • Leave a Comment

The same ambition can destroy or save.

Alexander Pope (from: Essay on Man)

Schopenhauer on Genius

•2009-09-26 • Leave a Comment

{p.115} It is the curse of the genius that in the same {p. 116} measure in which others think him great and worthy of admiration, he thinks them small and miserable creatures. His whole life long he has to suppress this opinion; and, as a rule, they suppress theirs as well. Meanwhile, he is condemned to live in a bleak world, where he meets no equal, as it were an island where there are no inhabitants but monkeys and parrots. Moreover, he is always troubled by the illusion that from a distance a monkey looks like a man.

Vulgar people take a huge delight in the faults and follies of great men; and great men are equally annoyed at being thus reminded of their kinship with them.

The real dignity of a man of genius or great intellect, the trait which raises him over others and makes him worthy of respect, is at bottom the fact, that the only unsullied and innocent part of human nature, namely, the intellect, has the upper hand in him, and prevails; whereas, in the other there is nothing but sinful will, and just as much intellect as is requisite for guiding his steps, –rarely any more, very often somewhat less, –and of what use is it?

It seems to me that genius might have its root in a certain perfection and vividness of the memory as it stretches back over the events of past life. For it is only by dint of memory, which makes our life in the strict sense a complete whole, that we attain a more profound and comprehensive understanding of it.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The Art of Controversy and Other Posthumous Papers

Selected and Translated by T. Bailey Saunders, M.A.
London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd. Ruskin House 40 Museum Street, W.C.
First Published 1896, Reprinted 1921 The Aberdeen University Press Ltd.