Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Perspectives on Ideas February 15a, 2007

Over the years, I have read many books. I have underlined interesting ideas in those books. Lately, I have gathered some of those ideas according to topic. Today, I am beginning a “blog” in which I will publish my collection of “significant sentences.” I call this collection of ideas, “Perspectives on Ideas.”

Raymond Stopper
February 15, 2007.

761 …the disadvantages of any epoch exist only to the faint-hearted. Emerson, Representative Men, Goethe, or the Writer.
21 Thomas Mann: …almost everything conspicuously great is great in despite: has come into being in defiance of affliction and pain, poverty, destitution, bodily weakness, vice, passion, and a thousand other obstructions. Hull, ed. The Writer’s Book.
509 “Your life has so conditioned you that you can function only in the achieving and are unfitted for the achievement.” Sevareid, Not So Wild a Dream.

994 Yet he seemed to feel that perilous fascination which haunts the brow of precipices, tempting the unwary one to fling himself over, for the very horror of the thing. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Action is a unifier. Hoffer, The True Believer

1052 In quiet, untroubled times every administrator believes that it is only by his efforts that the whole population under his charge is kept going: and in this consciousness of being indispensable lies the chief reward of his pains and exertions. Tolstoi, War and Peace.
119 To Sigmund it seemed tragic that he no longer searched out scientific problems but was content to keep down the costs of his department and considered balancing the budget an act of faith. Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud).

215 [Grown-up people] have eaten the apple and know good and evil, and…they go on eating it still. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov.

1087 Bad times have a scientific value…occasions a good learner would not miss. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Considerations by the Way.

19 Advertisers had long maintained that they exposed demands rather than creating them. Blum, V Was for Victory

19 [Advertisers] traded upon basic human desires, upon appeals to sex, envy, anxiety, and they related the satisfaction of those desires to the acquisition of commercial artifacts. Blum, V Was for Victory

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