— Jacques Maritain, Degrees of Knowledge
Degrees of Knowledge (1932, Notre Dame Translation), p. 4.
— Jacques Maritain, Degrees of Knowledge
„We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see.“
— Clive Staples Lewis Christian apologist, novelist, and Medievalist 1898 - 1963
Context: At present we are on the outside of the world, the wrong side of the door. We discern the freshness and purity of the morning, but they do not make us fresh and pure. We cannot mingle with the splendours we see. But all the leaves of the New Testament are rustling with the rumour that it will not always be so. Some day, God willing, we shall get in.
„What happens when our eye sees a rose? What do we do when that happens? Our mind does something, to be sure, in the mere fact of taking in the object, grasping its color, its shape, and so on. We have to be awake and active. But all the same, it is a "relaxed" looking, so long as we are merely looking at it and not observing or studying it, counting or measuring its various features. Such observation would not be a "relaxed" action; it would be what Ernst Jünger termed an "act of aggression." But simply looking at something, gazing at it, "taking it in," is merely to open our eyes to receive the things that present themselves to us, that come to us without any need for "effort" on our part to "possess" them.“
— Josef Pieper German philosopher 1904 - 1997
p. 9 The Ernst Jünger quote is from Blätter und Steine (Hamburg, 1934), p. 202.
„The notion that we need a higher power, that’s more a human failing than a reflection of reality. The universe pays no attention to what we need. Truth is what it is, and the inconveniences it might cause us don’t change anything.“
— Jack McDevitt American novelist, Short story writer 1935
Chapter 22 (p. 203)
— Amit Ray Indian author 1960
Walking the Path of Compassion (2015)
„We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads — but to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both.“
— Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Context: We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads — but to find the truth, we need imagination and skepticism both. We will not be afraid to speculate, but we will be careful to distinguish speculation from fact. The cosmos is full beyond measure of elegant truths; of exquisite interrelationships; of the awesome machinery of nature. The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. On this shore we've learned most of what we know. Recently we've waded a little way out, maybe ankle deep, and the water seems inviting. Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We're made of star-stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself. 5 min 15 sec
„Crazy-busy’ is a great armor, it’s a great way for numbing. What a lot of us do is that we stay so busy, and so out in front of our life, that the truth of how we’re feeling and what we really need can’t catch up with us.“
— Brené Brown US writer and professor 1965
Washington Post, October 2012 http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/exhaustion-is-not-a-status-symbol/2012/10/02/19d27aa8-0cba-11e2-bb5e-492c0d30bff6_story_2.html
„What we need now is the description of the “describer” or, in other words, we need a theory of the observer.“
— Heinz von Foerster Austrian American scientist and cybernetician 1911 - 2002
„Movies touch our hearts, and awaken our vision, and change the way we see things. They take us to other places. They open doors and minds. Movies are the memories of our lifetime. We need to keep them alive.“
— Martin Scorsese American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor 1942
"The Film Foundation Main page".
„The truth is: Islam does not belong to us. It brings violence and danger everywhere. We need to deislamize and close our borders.“
— Geert Wilders Dutch politician 1963
As quoted in "Dutch cabinet intensifies security after Paris attacks" http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/14/c_134816626.htm, Xinhua News Agency (14 November 2015)
— Vernon Howard American writer 1918 - 1992
„I believe that we don't need to worry about what happens after this life, as long as we do our duty here—to love and to serve.“
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
„It is a little known fact that truth cannot be memorized. Truth has to be discovered now, from moment to moment. It is always fresh, always new, always there for the still, innocent mind that has experienced life without needing to hold on to what has gone before.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003