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A Quote by Tom Stoppard on stupidity and language

There's something scary about stupidity made coherent.

Tom Stoppard (1937 -)

Source: The Real Thing

Contributed by: everybodylovesnewt

A Quote by Sol Luckman on character, writing, creativity, creation, co-creation, imagination, manifestation, rhetoric, heart, human, journey, path, imaginal, language, fiction, autobiography, and metafiction

I’m arguably the least real of all my characters, a state of affairs for which I make no apologies, being, indeed, altogether proud of the fact. I am, as it were, the created creating--a paradox, for all its rhetorical trappings, at the beating heart of our shared human journey, and one I invite you to struggle with just as I have while, day in and day out, word by word and line by line, constructing a fictitious autobiography for myself in these pages.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Celena

A Quote by Baba Ram Dass on words, silence, love, unity, and language

We're fascinated by the words--but where we meet is in the silence behind them.

Ram Dass

Contributed by: myster.E

A Quote by Sol Luckman on fiction, robot, corporate world, education, excess, mfa, publishing, publishing house, bottom line, plot, language, awakening, reader, beginners luke, writing, and purpose

If we’re to avoid becoming fiction robots in a corporate world, we must stop adding to our educational excesses, eschew the assembly line of MFAs and bottom-line publishing houses, commit ourselves to a way of writing that engages in a valiant struggle to push the limits of plot and language so as to awaken, not anaesthetize, the reader.

Sol Luckman

Source: Beginner's Luke: Book I of the Beginner's Luke Series, Pages: 9

Contributed by: Alyce

A Quote by Jean Baudrillard on perfection, animals, and language

If everything is perfect, language is useless. This is true for animals. If animals don't speak, it's because everything's perfect for them. If one day they start to speak, it will be because the world has lost a certain sort of perfection.

Jean Baudrillard

Source: Cool Memories, 1980-1985, Pages: 84

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by David Berlinski on inference, syllogism, language, symbol, logic, and insight

Within the categorical syllogism, ordinary language represents the ordinary flow of inference. Two premises are given; there is a plash of insight, and one step undertaken. The mind hops right along, not quite knowing where it is going but getting there nonetheless. On the right, a checklist does its work. The logician's clamp retains its force of old, but the inferential steps involve no more than the substitution of symbols for symbols, with the anchor of inference embedded in identities. Inference now proceeds from one identity to the next; no plash of insight is involved, only the solid satisfying ratcheting sound of symbols being substituted for symbols.

David Berlinski

Source: The Advent of the Algorithm: The 300-Year Journey from an Idea to the Computer, Pages: 10

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on words, reverie, language, and poetry

We believe we can also show that words do not have exactly the same psychic "weight" depending on whether they belong to the language of reverie or to the language of daylight life--to rested language or language under surveillance--to the language of natural poetry or to the language hammered out by authoritarian prosodies.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 57..58

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by F.W.J. Schelling on language, mythology, form, abstract, and myth

One is almost tempted to say that the language itself is a mythology deprived of its vitality, a bloodless mythology so to speak, which has only preserved in a formal and abstract form what mythology contains in living and concrete form.

Friedrich Schelling

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 37

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Paul Valery on words, language, sentence, and function

You have certainly observed the curious fact that a given word which is perfectly clear when you hear it or use it in everyday language, and which does not give rise to any difficulty when it is engaged in the rapid movement of an ordinary sentence becomes magically embarrassing, introduces a strange resistance, frustrates any effort at definition as soon as you take it out of circulation to examine it separately and look for its meaning after taking away its instantaneous function.

Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 48

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on writing, language, reality, book, object, vision, and read

Written language must be considered as a particular psychic reality. The book is permanent; it is an object in your field of vision. It speaks to you with a monotonous authority which even its author would not have. You are fairly obliged to read what is written.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 24

Contributed by: Chris

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