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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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27 Jul '11 09:59:12 AM

'… the two pacifying formulae of Epicurus, which are capable of being applied to very many questions. Reduced to their simplest form they would perhaps become: firstly, if that is how things are they do not concern us; secondly, things may be thus but they may also be otherwise.'

25 Jul '11 10:56:14 AM

'… to go aside, to take time, to become still, to become slow…'

24 Jul '11 05:35:05 AM

'The world we know is not this ultimately simple configuration where events are reduced to accentuate their essential traits, their final meaning, or their initial and final value. On the contrary, it is a profusion of entangled events.'

19 Jul '11 07:13:50 AM

'For the loomings-up and dwindlings and obliterations of perspective we might find an analogy.'

13 Jun '11 09:59:28 AM

the sea / severs not only lands but also selves

2 Jun '11 01:34:01 AM

'They who inquire what we personally think about each matter are more curious than is necessary.'

26 May '11 10:29:38 AM

'… one could then estimate the enormous undertaking it is nowadays merely to be a person who does nothing at all. At the moment, the man without qualities was just such a person.'

20 May '11 02:16:47 AM

'Land and sea contain memorials of mighty devastations that long ago befell them and all creatures living on or in them.'

17 May '11 08:38:30 AM

'If we have recalled these words of Bergson, not all of which are in his books, it is because they make us feel that there is a tension in the relation of the philosopher with other persons or with life, and that this uneasiness is essential to philosophy. We have forgotten this a little. The modern philosopher is frequently a functionary, always a writer, and the freedom allowed him in his books admits an opposite view. What he says enters first of all into an academic world where the choices of life are deadened and the occasions for thought are cut off. Without books a certain speed of communication would be impossible, and there is nothing to say against them. But in the end they are only words expressed a bit more coherently. The philosophy placed in books has ceased to challenge men. What is unusual and almost insupportable in it is hidden in the respectable life of the great philosophical systems. In order to understand the total function of the philosopher, we must remember that even the philosophical writers whom we read and who we are have never ceased to recognize as their patron a man who never wrote, who never taught, at least in any official chair, who talked with anyone he met on the street, and who had certain difficulties with public opinion and with the public powers. We must remember Socrates.'