Friday, March 20, 2009

Good quotes

The eternal child speaks:
"You understand, Teacher, don't you, that when you have a mother who's an angel and a father who is a cannibal king, and when you have sailed on the ocean all your whole life, then you don't know just how to behave in school with all the apples and ibexes." The teacher said she understood. Pippi speaks in Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren.

On knowledge:
"Knowledge is not a direct means to good: its action is remote. An exact knowledge of the dates of the Kings and Queens of England will put no one into a flutter. Knowledge is a food of infinite potential value which must be assimilated by the intellect and imagination before it can become positively valuable. Only when it has been so assimilated does it become a direct means to good states of mind; but without this food both intellect and imagination tend to grow stunted and wry, are in danger even of starving to death." From Civilization, An Essay (The Sense of Values) by Clive Bell.

A little food for thought ...

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