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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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14 Apr '06 07:06:26 AM

'There is the city, there is the country. There is the capital, there is the province. Apparently the problem in the mother country is the same. Let us take a Lyonnais in Paris: he boasts of the quiet of his city, the intoxicating beauty of the quays of the Rhône, the splendor of the plane trees, and all those other things that fascinate people who have nothing to do.'

11 Apr '06 07:16:31 PM

My favorite bay area (yay area) slang, today:


11 Apr '06 06:25:32 PM

'I'll make the sun come out in the middle of a hurricane.'

28 Mar '06 10:43:18 AM

'The treatment of all these phenomena of mental life is not of importance to me because I am keen on completeness. Rather because each one casts light on the correct treatment of all.'

28 Mar '06 10:42:36 AM

'The pedigree of psychological concepts: I strive not after exactness, but after a synoptic view.'

28 Mar '06 10:41:16 AM

'On mathematics: "Your concept is wrong. - However, I cannot illumine the mater by fighting against your words, but only by trying to turn your attention away from certain expressions, illustrations, images, and towards the employment of the words."'

28 Mar '06 10:39:43 AM

'(The philosopher is not a citizen of any community of ideas. That is what makes him into a philosopher.)'

28 Mar '06 10:30:47 AM

'In philosophizing we may not terminate a disease of thought. It must run its natural course, and slow cure is all important. (That is why mathematicians are such bad philosophers.)'

22 Mar '06 07:24:09 AM

'I'd rather have my exuberance affirmed'...