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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 May '06 07:06:39 AM

Science, dropped

9 May '06 09:05:30 AM

George Steiner on the second volume of Edward Timms' study of Karl Kraus.

7 May '06 07:46:23 AM

(Compare to the last line of William Slothrop's hymn, on the last page of Gravity's Rainbow.)

7 May '06 07:43:26 AM

'Please, God, make me a stone' - a simile here would be a mistake, would drain the prayer of its gravity.

26 Apr '06 08:29:19 AM

'plainly put, man as culture-consumer is, in an insidious way, dissatisfied with man as culture-producer'

26 Apr '06 08:21:28 AM

'To have a philosophical mind is to participate, by knowledge, in the life and being of many by not treating oneself as a fixed individual, one and unchanging.'

(probably misquoted)

25 Apr '06 09:32:14 AM

Needless to say: when preoccupied with worry about understanding everything one in fact comes to understand very little.

25 Apr '06 09:21:02 AM

Some nights, I am overwhelmed by the necessity of understanding everything there is. It is as if there is too much air to breathe and I have to catch up. But there is not just too much; there is more than I can ever breathe.

23 Apr '06 07:31:46 AM

If I were diligent I would go back to these thoughts someday, to think through them properly.