Sunday, June 17, 2007

A Collection of Quotes on a Variety of Topics. (I): Ideology. Idleness. Illness. Illusion. Imagination

The statement in boldface is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

Topics: Ideology. Idleness. Illness. Illusion. Imagination.

Ideology shapes minds regardless of reality.
Ideology 338 The National Socialist system like no other demonstrated the superior ability of an ideology, however vague, to shape minds, whatever the social reality. Bracher, The German Dictatorship.

Belief in order at the expense of a pluralistic society.
Ideology order 236 …an ideology of order which vilifies the pluralistic character of modern society…. Bracher, The German Dictatorship

Few people know how to be idle.
Idle 219 “How few people in this world know how to be idle.” Mellow, Hawthorne in His Times.

Two types of illness: the childlike need for attention; the morose who see good humor as an insult.
Illness 315 …less of the peevish temper of a child which frets and teases on purpose to be soothed, and more of the self-absorbed moroseness of a confirmed invalid, repelling consolation and ready to regard the good-humored mirth of others as an insult. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights.

He fed his illusions of Daisy so much that the real woman was nothing like his illusion.
Illusion 97 There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams—not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion [which] had gone beyond her, beyond everything…he had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time…. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby.

One person sees only a falling leaf; another sees in the falling leaf the nostalgia of autumn.
Imagination 241 One man sees with indifference a leaf fall; another with the vision of Thoreau invokes the whole of that nostalgic world which we call autumn. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

For some people the cricket’s song in autumn and the flying snowflakes are transformed into imaginative creations. Imagination 241 He transmutes the cricket’s song in an autumn night to an aching void in the heart; snowflakes become the flying years. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

Imagination 242 “Find eternity in each moment.” Thoreau. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

Imagination and fantasy are different.
Imagination 219 A. Moravia: Don’t confuse imagination and fantasy. Cowley, ed., Writers at Work.

Imagination is rearranging the known.
Imagination 41 Francis Steegmuller: … imagination is the faculty of rearranging the known….

The imagination converts things into other things.
Imagination 1111 The feat of the imagination is in showing the convertibility of every thing into every other thing. Emerson, The Conduct of Life: Beauty.

Imagination flows, doesn’t freeze.
Imagination 463 But the quality of the imagination is to flow, and not to freeze. Emerson, The Poet.

Eyes shut to reality but open to imagination.
Imagination 736 …with my eyes of sense half shut, and those of the imagination widely opened…. Hawthorne, The Blithedale Romance.

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