Sunday, May 6, 2007

Perspectives on Ideas. May 6, 2007.

Note: A bold-face statement at the conclusion of a quote is my attempt to express a wordy or convoluted quote in plain English.

Experience 139 The receptive mind makes all the difference, shadowing or lighting the original object. Eiseley, The Star Thrower. [Experience involves a receptive mind.]

Experience Epigraph “Experience is the name so many people give to their mistakes.” Oscar Wilde. Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise.

Experience 90 The lovers were standing together at one of the windows; it had a most favorable aspect; and for half a minute, Emma felt the glory of having schemed successfully. Austen, Emma

Experience 366 There is a thing called knowledge of the world, which people do not have until they are middle-aged…something which cannot be taught to younger people, because it is not logical and does not obey laws which are constant. T. H. White, The Once and Future King.

Experience 74 A chill of understanding flashed through me that I feel to this day...the last person to hold that stone in the same way...had been an Indian, a native American grinding corn at Meadow Springs…as if I had reached back in time to touch the hand of the person who had held the stone.... Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek. [As I held the artifact, I felt that I was communing with the last person to hold it, a native American centuries ago.]

Experience 204 But Dorothea remembered it to the last with the vividness with which we all remember epochs in our experience when some dear expectation dies, or some new motive is born. George Eliot, Middlemarch.

Experience 408 Here was a man who now for the first time found himself looking into the eyes of death--who was passing through one of those rare moments of experience when we feel the truth of a commonplace, which is...different from what we call knowing it....“We must all die” transforms itself suddenly into the acute consciousness “I must die--and soon.” George Eliot, Middlemarch. [He suddenly realized personally the truth of “All must die.”]

Experience 754 But she ceased thinking how anything would turn out—merely wondering what would come. George Eliot, Middlemarch. [She stopped expecting how things would turn out and simply wondered what would happen.]

Experience 757 She was under the first great shock that had shattered her dream-world in which she had been easily confident of herself and critical of others…. George Eliot, Middlemarch.

Expert and Expertise
Expertise 67 Admiral William Leahy to President Truman, 1945: The [atomic] bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives. A Random Walk in Science.

Experts 346 Kennedy: “All my life I’ve known better than to depend on the experts.” Sorenson, Kennedy

Explaining 370 Dionysus: I can’t describe it…only illustrate. Aristophanes, Frogs.

Expression 346 Lincoln: “He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.” Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The War Years. [He puts the smallest ideas into the most words.]

Expression 440 "…but there's no kind of glasses to remedy the mind." Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs. [Eye glasses will not remedy the mind.]

Expression 442 "She died the same year my oldest boy was born, an' the town house was burnt over to the port." Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs. [Relating an event to other events.]

Expression 448 "…'tain't worth while to wear a day all out before it comes." Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs.

Expression 462 "There's a great many such strayaway folks, just as there is plants." Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs.

Expression 463 "Yes, Mari' was one o' them pretty little lambs that make dreadful homely old sheep." Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs.

Expression 478 "No, I shan't trouble the fish a great sight more." Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs.

Expression 482 "'Twas never 'you dear an' you darlin' ' afore folks, an' 'you divil' behind the door!" Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs.

Expression 452 …the beauty of things, which becomes a new, and higher beauty, when expressed. Emerson, The Poet. [Things increase in beauty when they are described in language.]

Expression 195 Margaret Drabble: I think most people are more intelligent than they are given credit for, but that they don’t express themselves in a way people find accessible. Plimpton, ed. The Writer’s Chapbook

Expression 194 Horace: I strive to be concise, and I become obscure. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

Expression 1066 It is a great mistake to try to put our best thoughts into human language. Hawthorne, The Marble Faun.

Expressions 86 When they [male deer] ram heads with each other to establish dominance, sometimes the horns lock, condemning the combatants to a grim danse macabre over hill and dale until they drop of exhaustion and starvation. Browning, Notes from Turtle Creek.

Expressions 411 “He’ll be hungry enough to eat his size.” Jewett, The country of the Pointed Firs.

Expressions 324 “She called such a disarray in the kitchen one morning the monkey’s wedding breakfast…Priscilla has always made use of a great many old-fashioned expressions. Jewett, A Country Doctor.

Extremism 375 He [Kennedy] deplored ‘the discordant voices of extremism’ which peddled their frighteningly simple solutions to citizens frustrated and baffled by our national burdens. Sorenson, Kennedy [Extremists peddle simple solutions to frustrated and baffled people.]

Extremism 306 “Resistance to Lincoln is obedience to God” [Banner at Alabama mass meeting]. Sandburg, Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years.

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