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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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24 Jan '13 03:47:03 AM

'Forms of life' are taken to be foundational. But instead of serving as ultimate grounds they can be taken as that thanks to which one stays grounded; and comes back to earth.

24 Jan '13 03:01:22 AM

PI §20: 'But then is there not also something different going on in him when he pronounces it—something corresponding to the fact that he conceives the sentence as a single word?'

He has gone through something different; he went through it before he came to be able to pronounce the sentence the way he does.

24 Jan '13 01:59:11 AM

Things can be overrefined.

23 Jan '13 11:11:04 PM

One can come to be complacent from dispatching bottled messages.

23 Jan '13 08:13:48 AM

We human beings are said to distinguish ourselves from other animals; do individual human beings ever likewise distinguish themselves from individual other animals?

23 Jan '13 06:33:18 AM

'Do You Know How to Waltz?' is the sound of a prolonged wait: a wait which is being prolonged by those who are waiting. They're waiting for the end, which they know is coming; the drone takes the form it does so that you can hear, and feel, it coming: so that you know that, and when, the end is coming, without this knowledge preventing you from feeling as if it could be forestalled indefinitely.

23 Jan '13 06:06:53 AM

'… if you cannot discuss it, if there is nothing in common, then there is no culture.'

22 Jan '13 08:08:42 PM

To be of use.

21 Jan '13 08:24:05 AM

'… people incapable of reading a diagram posing as engineers.'