the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary

room at the bottom

The studious class are their own victims: they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption- pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Representative Men, ch. 4, "Montaigne" (1850).

Now all the knowledge and wisdom that is in creatures, whether angels or men, is nothing else but a participation of that one eternal, immutable and increated wisdom of God, or several signatures of that one archetypal seal, or like so many multiplied reflections of one and the same face, made in several glasses, whereof some are clearer, some obscurer, some standing nearer, some further off
    -Ralph J. Cudworth (1617-88), English theologian, philosopher. Treatise Concerning Eternal and Immutable Morality, bk. 1, ch. 3, sct. 7 (1731).

Science is organized knowledge
    -Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), English philosopher. Education, ch. 2 (1861).

There can be no knowledge without emotion. We may be aware of a truth, yet until we have felt its force, it is not ours. To the cognition of the brain must be added the experience of the soul.

To the artist is sometimes granted a sudden, transient insight which serves, in this matter, for experience. A flash, and where previously the brain held a dead fact, the soul grasps a living truth! At moments we are all artists.

Essential characteristic of the really great novelist: a Christ-like, all-embracing compassion

-Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), British novelist. The Journals of Arnold Bennett (1932)

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