August 2nd, 2002


A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
-Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. "Vulgarity in Literature" (1930; repr. in Music at Night and Other Essays, 1949).

Naïveté in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.
-Eric Hoffer (1902-83), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 269 (1955

The fact is that we all seem capable of living, because at some time or other we have taken refuge in a lie, in blindness, in enthusiasm, in optimism, in some conviction, in pessimism or something of the sort. He has never taken refuge in anything. He is absolutely incapable of lying. . . . He has nothing to take refuge in, no shelter. It's as if he were naked and everyone else had clothes on.
-Milena Ješenská (1896-1944), Czech translator, political journalist. Letter to Max Brod, referring to Franz Kafka. Quoted in: Margarete Buber-Neumann, Milena, ch. 7 (1989).

A woman might claim to retain some of the child's faculties, although very limited and defused, simply because she has not been encouraged to learn methods of thought and develop a disciplined mind. As long as education remains largely induction, ignorance will retain these advantages over learning, and it is time that women impudently put them to work.
-Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. The Female Eunuch, "Womanpower" (1970).
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