We have almost succeeded in leveling all human activities to the common denominator of securing the necessities of life and providing for their abundance.
Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975)
Contributed by: Zaady
Mathematics, the non-empirical science par excellence . . . the science of sciences, delivering the key to those laws of nature and the universe which are concealed by appearances.
Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
Source: The New Yorker, 1977
Under conditions of tyranny it is far easer to act than to think.
War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.
The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less. . . .
Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.
The point, as Marx saw it, is that dreams never come true.
Source: Crises of the Republic, 1970
To be sure, nothing is more important to the integrity of the universities . . . than a rigorously enforced divorce from war-oriented research and all connected enterprises.
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