A Quote by Franz Winkler MD on analytical intellect, consciousness, ecstasy, heart, intuition, intuitive perception, life, mysticism, nature, perception, reality, science, solitude, soul, spirit, and time

Not too long ago thousands spent their lives as recluses to find spiritual vision in the solitude of nature.  Modern man need not become a hermit to achieve this goal, for it is neither ecstasy nor world-estranged mysticism his era demands, but a balance between quantitative and qualitative reality.  Modern man, with his reduced capacity for intuitive perception, is unlikely to benefit from the contemplative life of a hermit in the wilderness.  But what he can do is to give undivided attention, at times, to a natural phenomenon, observing it in detail, and recalling all the scientific facts about it he may remember.  Gradually, however, he must silence his thoughts and, for moments at least, forget all his personal cares and desires, until nothing remains in his soul but awe for the miracle before him.  Such efforts are like journeys beyond the boundaries of narrow self-love and, although the process of intuitive awakening is laborious and slow, its rewards are noticeable from the very first.  If pursued through the course of years, something will begin to stir in the human soul, a sense of kinship with the forces of life consciousness which rule the world of plants and animals, and with the powers which determine the laws of matter.  While analytical intellect may well be called the most precious fruit of the Modern Age, it must not be allowed to rule supreme in matters of cognition.  If science is to bring happiness and real progress to the world, it needs the warmth of man's heart just as much as the cold inquisitiveness of his brain.

Franz Winkler

Source: Man: The Bridge Between Two Worlds, Pages: 229-230

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on limits, acceptance, accept, human, science, beyond, truth, and einstein

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on science, einstein, everything, simple, and truth

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on think, einstein, search, knowledge, truth, and science

A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on nature, science, einstein, looking, comprehending, truth, and joy

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on light, candle, darkness, hope, human, and science

It's better to light a candle then to curse the darkness.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)


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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, truth, capitalism, and science

The rise of techno-science and capitalism, bent on controlling all things just through their inherent chaotism (the weaknesses or vices in their organicism), is a concerted determination to make human existence a grandiose mechanistic apparatus, an infinitely regimented economy:  nothing in human psyche or natural resources or the “noosphere” of ideas should escape the net of lawful determinations extrapolated from the fictive “first principle” of Money or Capital.  —If we encountered this coordinated web of irrationalist compulsions among a primitive tribe or an alien species, we would recognize it for what it actually is, a cult or mania; but since it is a cult or mania that has owned the Western world free and clear for the past five or six centuries, it is instead adulated and revered as “ultimate truth,” as the divinely decreed and fated Way Things Are and Will Eternally Remain.

Kenneth Smith


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A Quote by Albert Einstein on einstein, science, mystic, and freethinking

The finest emotion of which we are capable is the mystic emotion. Herein lies the germ of all art and all true science. Anyone to whom this feeling is alien, who is no longer capable of wonderment and lives in a state of fear is a dead man. To know that what is impenetrable for us really exists and manifests itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, whose gross forms alone are intelligible to our poor faculties – this knowledge, this feeling … that is the core of the true religious sentiment. In this sense, and in this sense alone, I rank myself among profoundly religious men.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

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A Quote by Albert Einstein on mystic, reality, science, wisdom, and wonder

The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical.  It is the sower of all true science.  He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead.  To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their most primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Source: Worldwide Laws of Life: 200 Eternal Spiritual Principles

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on instrumentality, technology, science, and humanism

Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible.  The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: maxims

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