„Feeling is an emotional interpretation of experience and these sensations don't need interpretation; they are just good or right. Making physical love rightly is a sensation, not a feeling. So is the love of God. The same goes for joy and beauty; both are sensational.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
Context: Love is not a feeling; it's a sensation. Drinking water when you're thirsty is a sensation, not a feeling. Being in nature or swimming in the sea is a sensation, not a feeling. Lying down when you're tired is sensational, not a feeling, although you may say it feels good. Feeling is an emotional interpretation of experience and these sensations don't need interpretation; they are just good or right. Making physical love rightly is a sensation, not a feeling. So is the love of God. The same goes for joy and beauty; both are sensational.
„Speculative Philosophy is the endeavour to frame a coherent, logical, necessary system of general ideas in terms of which every element of our experience can be interpreted. By this notion of 'interpretation' I mean that everything of which we are conscious, as enjoyed, perceived, willed, or thought, shall have the character of a particular instance of the general scheme.“
— Charles Hartshorne Philosopher 1897 - 2000
The Logic of Perfection and Other Essays in Neoclassical Metaphysics (1962) p. viii.
— Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: A god is the idea of a god. The idea of a god is a god. The idea of Glycon is Glycon, if I can enhance that idea with an anaconda and a speaking tube, fair enough. I am unlikely to start believing that this glove puppet created the universe. It’s a fiction, all gods are fiction. It’s just that I happen to think that fiction’s real. Or that it has its own reality, that is just as valid as ours. I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.
— Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton English statesman and poet 1831 - 1891
The Artist, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„The logos of creation, 'And God Said...' formed the basis of Christian interpretation of the 'Book of Nature.“
— Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicat... 1918 - 1980
— Alexandre Vinet Swiss theologian 1797 - 1847
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 395.
— Edward Heath Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1970–1974) 1916 - 2005
On William Hague's election to the leadership of the Conservative Party, 1997.
„The discovery of radioactivity created a momentary chaos in chemistry and physics; but it soon led to a fuller interpretation of the old ideas.“
— Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947
Context: The discovery of radioactivity created a momentary chaos in chemistry and physics; but it soon led to a fuller interpretation of the old ideas. It dispersed many difficulties, harmonized many discords, and — yea, more! It shewed the substance of Universe as a simplicity of Light and Life, manners to compose atoms, themselves capable of deeper self-realization through fresh complexities and organizations, each with its own peculiar powers and pleasures, each pursuing its path through the world where all things are possible. Appendix VI : A few principal rituals – Liber Reguli.
„What the overemphasis on the idea of content entails is the perennial, never consummated project of interpretation. And, conversely, it is the habit of approaching works of art in order to interpret them that sustains the fancy that there really is such a thing as the content of a work of art.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
"Against Interpretation" (1964), p. 5
— Jonathan Edwards Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian 1703 - 1758