A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, mind, language, culture aristos, arete, excellence, reality, and intuition

Learning to free up or liberate one's mind to capture precisely the most essential points in anything is an athletic exercise in which, for the first time, we discover just what the actual cash-value of our "culture" truly is: has our culture contributed to making our minds more acute, clearer, more nimble and elastic? Has it given us a richer vocabulary of essences or concepts to facilitate our rational and moral digestion of issues? Or is our "culture" really no enzymatic culture at all, but merely a scheme of encumbrances, of intellectual and rational impediments that have been compounded out of endless Pavlovian conditionings, by which we came to accept fallacies and equivocations and deceptive connotations and lying rhetoric etc. as if they were the gospel truth? The premier value of reading the ancient thinkers lies in their aristocratic culture's determination to put an absolute premium on the development of acuity, directness, economy or essentiality of characterizations, etc. To be competent as an "aristos" (one committed absolutely to the cultivation of excellence or "arete" in its superlative degree), an individual was expected to keen his insights and judgment as much in the domain of intuition (being sensitive to the subtleties of the evidence, the realities) as in the domain of intellection (mustering the most apt tools of expression to characterize, conceptualize and evaluate these realities). Moderns have only the feeblest grasp of both of these processes.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Federico Fellini on language, vision, life, federico fellini, and foreign languages

"A different language is a different vision of life."

Federico Fellini (1920 - 1993)

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A Quote by W.H. Auden on poet, passion, language, and auden

A poet, is before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. 

W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)

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A Quote by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein on language, cognition, and limitation

The limits of my language means the limits of my world.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889 - 1951)

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A Quote by Adrienne Rich on art, language, and social compact

I had recently been thinking and writing about the growing fragmentation of the social compact, of whatever it was this country had ever meant when it called itself a democracy: the shredding of the vision of government of the people, by the people, for the people. "We the people - still an excellent phrase," said the prize-winning playwright Lorraine Hansberry in 1962, well aware who had been excluded, yet believing the phrase might someday come to embrace us all. And I had for years been feeling both personal and public grief, fear, hunger and the need to render this, my time, in the language of my art.

Adrienne Rich (1929 -)

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A Quote by U.G. Krishnamurti on u g, krishnamurti, understanding, question, search, realization, and language

You know, this dialogue is only helpful when we come, both of us, to a point and realize that no dialogue is possible, that no dialogue is necessary. When I say 'understanding', 'seeing', they mean something different to me. Understanding is a state of being where the question isn't there any more; there is nothing there that says "now I understand!" -- that's the basic difficulty between us. By understanding what I am saying, you are not going to get anywhere.

U.G. Krishnamurti

Source: The Mystique of Enlightenment

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A Quote by U.G. Krishnamurti on u g, krishnamurti, understanding, questions, search, realization, language, seeker, and answers

The questioner has to come to an end.  It is the questioner that creates the answer; and the questioner comes into being from the answer, otherwise there is no questioner.

U.G. Krishnamurti

Source: The Mystique of Enlightenment

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A Quote by Terence McKenna on terence mckenna, language, words, reality, psychedelic, experience, meaning, magic, and world

I thought about it, a few years actually, and I decided that meaning and language are two different things. And that what the alien voice in the psychedelic experience wants to reveal is the syntactical nature of reality. That the real secret of magic is that the world is made of words, and that if you know the words that the world is made of you can make of it whatever you wish.

Terence McKenna

Source: Terence McKenna, Alien Dreamtime

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, thinking, language, subjectivity, and objectivity

In most mentalities language is just fashionable or banal clothing (rarely finery) that obscures the evidence of natural and human reality; it is a programmatic form of mutual or collective self-deception, a grand conspiracy of untruth or denial.  Language is a mere tool of mere banausic or utilitarian mentalities, for the most part, who are perfectly closed upon themselves.  A fulfilled mind is (as Hegel saw) an infinity-generator, open to its own incalculable richness; and it is so self-possessed that it understands the workings of its own expressive liabilities, and can parry these temptations and set them aside to see things more scrupulously.  What passes for objectivity is for the most part an absurdity, a noxious faith that holds people in the webbing of orthodoxy.  No one escapes his own gravity-traps of subjective self without prodigious philosophical energies.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Jonathan Safran Foer on words, language, and writing

"Words never mean what we want them to mean"

Jonathan Safran Foer

Source: Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel

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