„The concrete world isn't necessarily the most powerful world.“
— Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
Context: Concrete concepts are not necessarily the simplest ones. A novice best remembers "being at" a concert. The amateur remembers more of what it "sounded like." Only the professional remembers the music itself, timbres, tones and textures.
„My whole ambition in the pictorial domain is to materialise the images of concrete irrationality with the most imperialist fury of precision. - In order that the world of the imagination and of concrete irrationality may be as objectively evident.... as that of the exterior world of phenomenal reality. - The important thing is what one wishes to communicate: the concrete irrational subject. - The means of pictorial expression are placed at the service of this subject.“
— Salvador Dalí Spanish artist 1904 - 1989
Chapter: 'My Pictorial Struggle', p. 12
— Patrick Dixon British futurist 1957
— Charlie Kaufman American screenwriter 1958
— Stanley Knowles Canadian politician 1908 - 1997
Chapter 6, Structure, p. 60
— Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels
„The universal Intellect is the intimate, most real, peculiar and powerful part of the soul of the world.“
— Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600
Context: The universal Intellect is the intimate, most real, peculiar and powerful part of the soul of the world. This is the single whole which filleth the whole, illumineth the universe and directeth nature to the production of natural things, as our intellect with the congruous production of natural kinds.
— Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
Context: Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world and is a powerful part of that world changing arsenal. " Lighting your way to a better future : Speech delivered by Mr N R Mandela at launch of Mindset Network http://db.nelsonmandela.org/speeches/pub_view.asp?pg=item&ItemID=NMS909&txtstr=education%20is%20the%20most%20powerful," July 16, 2003 at db.nelsonmandela.org. ; Cited in: Nelson Mandela, S. K. Hatang, Sahm Venter (2012) Notes to the Future: Words of Wisdom. p. 101.
— Virginia Woolf English writer 1882 - 1941
„What most of us present to the world isn’t necessarily our true self: It’s a combination of years of bad habits and fear-based behavior.“
— Neil Strauss American writer 1973
Context: What most of us present to the world isn’t necessarily our true self: It’s a combination of years of bad habits and fear-based behavior. Our real self lies buried underneath all the insecurities and inhibitions. So rather than just being yourself, focus on discovering and permanently bringing to the surface your best self.
„Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation.“
— John Quincy Adams American politician, 6th president of the United States (in office from 1825 to 1829) 1767 - 1848
Letter to James Lloyd (1 October 1822)
— Steven Novella American neurologist, skepticist 1964
SGU, Podcast #401 – March 23rd, 2013 http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/401