Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Quotes: Mind. Miracle. Misanthrope. Misfit. Mobs. Moderation. Modern. Monarch.

A collection of quotes on various topics. The sentence in bold face is a plain statement of the quote that follows.

One part of my mind watched the other part.
Mind 79 And then sat watching myself, watching one part of my mind with another. Finney, From Time to Time.

The history of mind has been concealing it.
Mind 118 The history of men’s minds has been the concealing of them…. F. Scott Fitzgerald on Writing.

Only the mind of man remains unmeasured.
Mind man 174 …there is little or nothing that remains unmeasured: Nothing, that is, but the mind of man. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

A miracle appears and disappears within the natural order, a definition that also includes each individual human being.
Miracle 57 The only thing that characterizes a miracle, to my mind, is its sudden appearance and disappearance within the natural order, although, strangely, this loose definition would include each individual person. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

People are selfish, mean, cowardly and treacherous.
Misanthrope 120 Johnson: Convinced by time of the selfishness, the meanness, the cowardice, the treachery of men. Boswell, Life of Johnson, Vol. 1.

I hate people; I’m one of the best and I know how bad I am.
Misanthrope 315 Boswell, quoting a certain man: “I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.” Boswell, Life of Johnson, Vol. 1.

The permanent misfit cannot do the one thing he craves to accomplish.
Misfit 49 The permanent misfits are those who because of a lack of talent or some irreparable defect in body or mind cannot do the one thing for which their whole being craves. Hoffer, The True Believer

Men in crowds are more foolish, violent and cruel than men separate and alone.
Mobs 8 …is it not universally seen that men in crowds are more foolish and more violent and more cruel than men separate and alone? Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Plato.

In crowds, we lose our humanity.
Mobs 110 …we haven’t yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses. L. Thomas, Lives of a Cell.

Moderation is rarer than patience.
Moderation 200 …the virtue of moderation is more rare than that of patience. Montaigne, Selected Essays.

The modern mind disregards what is good in its age and focuses on what is wrong. Modern 254 [The modern mind]: What is good in the age they live in they do not regard; their eyes are fixed on what is wrong. E. Hamilton. The Greek Way.

On passing the iron works, he scratched these lines: We didn’t come to view your works in hopes to be more wise, but only if we go to hell, it will be no surprise.
Modern society 321 And Burns, passing the Carron Iron Works in 1787, scratched these lines on a window-pane: We cam na here to view your warks,/ In hopes to be mair wise,/ But only, lest we gang to Hell,/ It may be nae surprise. Clark, Civilization.

Absolute monarchs: cruelty, sorrow, age, pride, selfishness, loneliness.
Monarch 44 …a face which had been ravaged by all the passions of an absolute monarch—by cruelty, sorrow, age, pride, selfishness, loneliness and thoughts too strong for individual brains. T. H. White, The Once and Future King.

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