Let school-masters puzzle their brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning; Good liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.Oliver Goldsmith: 1773 She Stoops to Conquer, act1, sc.2.
The activity of writing, then, is not to be distinguished from the activity of self-exploration. It consists in contemplating the sea of internal images, discerning connections, and setting these out in grammatical sentences (“I could never conceive of a network of meaning too complex to be expressed in a series of grammatical sentences,” says Murnane, whose views on grammar are firm, even pedantic.)j. m. coetzee: “The quest for the girl from Bendigo Street,” The New York Review of Books, v. 59. n. 20, December 20, 2012
We could not keep in mind that it was celestial fire we were looking at, fire cool as the water-drops out of which it was born, and on which it reclined. It lay apparently upon the trees, diffused itself among them, from the valley to the crown of the ridge, as gently as the glory in the bush upon Horeb, when "the angel of the Lord appeared unto Moses in a flame of fire, out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed." It seemed like nothing less than a message to mortals from the internal sphere, the robe of an angel, awful and gentle, come to bear a great truth to the dwellers in the valley. And it was, no doubt. It meant all that the discerning eye and reverent mind felt it to mean. That Arabian bush would have been vital with no such presence, perhaps, to the gaze of a different soul.Thomas Starr King, in The White Hills : Their Legends, Landscape, and Poetry (1860), "The Androscoggin Valley, p. 272
He who takes himself to account gets benefitted, and the one who gets negligent and careless about himself bears loss. The one who fears (Allah) becomes peaceful, and the one who takes lesson becomes most clear sighted and discerning. He who becomes most clear sighted, understands; and he who understands and comprehends becomes knowledgeable and informed.Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.78, p.352
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.paul of tarsus: Hebrews 4:12-13, as quoted in
Spencer "was incapable", our critic haughtily re marks, "of discerning the difference between a homogeneity in matter, necessarily and blindly tending toward a heterogeneity, , and such a law of organism [sic], progress, and growth as requires a spiritual intelligence to originate and maintain it." Perheps he was a poor man! or perhaps he thought he had better discern and formulate progress where he could do it to the best advantage, and leave the postulating of spiritual intelligences to those who had a greater talent than he for building in the region of the unverifiable.noah porter: Porter (1886) "Ex-president Porter on Evolution" in: Popular Science. Sept 1886. Vol. 29, nr. 37. p.589
The King, observing with judicious eyes The state of both his universities, To Oxford sent a troop of horse, and why? That learned body wanted loyalty; To Cambridge books, as very well discerning How much that loyal body wanted learning.Mary Warnock, Baroness Warnock, The Observer, 2 November 1980. Bloomsbury Thematic Dictionary of Quotations. Bloomsbury Publishing. 1997. . Retrieved 3 December 2009.
Your participation of the holy communion must be regarded as the fresh act of your espousals, as the solemn renewal of your covenant; as your surrender, entire and unhesitating, to the service of the Lord. It is thus that you confess Christ, and witness of Him to the world. If you eat and drink without discerning this great purpose, you eat and drink unworthily; if you repudiate such purpose, either in thought or act, you crucify in your measure the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame. By your profane use of the means of grace without the slightest desire for the grace of the means, it is as if you cut and wounded the Saviour in this the house of His friends, and sharpened the daggers of your treachery upon the tables of the violated law.william morley punshon: p. 374. (Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895))
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do.Hebrews 4:12-13, as quoted in
I am gratified by her having pleasure in what I write, but I wish the knowledge of my being exposed to her discerning criticism may not hurt my style, by inducing too great a solicitude. I begin already to weigh my words and sentences more than I did, and am looking about for a sentiment, an illustration, or a metaphor in every corner of the room. Could my ideas flow as fast as the rain in the store-closet it would be charming.jane austen: Letter (1809-01-24) [Letters of Jane Austen -- Brabourne Edition]
He knew nothing accurately about any subject in the world, but he could clothe his ignorance in pontifical garments and give his confusion the accents of authority. He had a remarkable flair for discerning and elaborating the tiny quantum of popular knowledge on any matter.john buchan: Ch. 2 (Castle Gay (1930))
Drink, my jolly lads, drink with discerning, Wedlock's a lane where there is no turning; Never was owl more blind than a lover, Drink and be merry, lads, half seas over.dinah maria mulock: "Magnus and Morna", in Thirty Years, Poems New and Old (1880).
MUCH madness is divinest sense To a discerning eye; Much sense the starkest madness. ’T is the majority In this, as all, prevails. Assent, and you are sane; Demur, you ’re straightway dangerous, And handled with a chain.emily dickinson: p. 9. Life.
You don’t give a damn! You don’t give a damn, you don’t even know about the Palestinian families! You don’t even know that they exist! Tell me the name of one member of the seven members of the same family slaughtered on the beach in Gaza by an Israeli warship. You don’t even know their names! But you know the name of every Israeli soldier who has been taken prisoner in this conflict. Because you believe whether you know it or not that Israeli blood is more valuable than the blood of Lebanese or Palestinians. That’s the truth, and the discerning of your viewers already know it.George Galloway: Interview on Sky News, August 6, 2006After Sky news reporter says about israeli soldiers: "I have to say some people might find it offensive when there are more families mourning their dead."
It was even possible for the most venerated patriarchs of the Church, like St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, to conclude that heretics should be tortured (Augustine) or killed (Aquinas). Martin Luther and John Calvin advocated the wholesale murder of heretics, apostates, Jews, and witches. You are, of course, free to interpret the Bible differently though isn't it amazing that you have succeeded in discerning the true teachings of Christianity, while the most influential thinkers in the history of your faith failed?sam harris: p. 11-12 (Letter to a Christian Nation (2006))
The tough mind is sharp and penetrating, breaking through the crust of legends and myths and sifting the true from the false. The tough-minded individual is astute and discerning. He has a strong austere quality that makes for firmness of purpose and solidness of commitment. Who doubts that this toughness is one of man's greatest needs? Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking . There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.king, martin luther, jr.: Ch. 1 : A tough mind and a tender heart
He who owns a veteran bur oak owns more than a tree. He owns a historical library, and a reserved seat in the theater of evolution. To the discerning eye, his farm is labeled with the badge and symbol of the prairie war.aldo leopold: “April: Bur Oak”, p. 30
Courts are the mere instruments of the law, and can will nothing. When they are said to exercise a discretion, it is a mere legal discretion, a discretion to be exercised in discerning the course prescribed by law; and, when that is discerned, it is the duty of the Court to follow it. Judicial power is never exericised for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the Judge; always for the purpose of giving effect to the will of the Legislature; or, in other words, to the will of the law.john marshall: Osborn v. Bank of the United States, 22 U.S. (9 Wheaton) 738, 866 (1824)
[I]n my country, when they would say a man has no sense, they say, such an one has no memory; and when I complain of the defect of mine, they do not believe me, and reprove me, as though I accused myself for a fool: not discerning the difference betwixt memory and understanding, which is to make matters still worse for me. But they do me wrong; for experience, rather, daily shows us, on the contrary, that a strong memory is commonly coupled with infirm judgment.michel de montaigne: Book I, ch. 9
Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit.karl popper: The Open Universe : An Argument for Indeterminism (1992), p. 44
Humans are good , she knew, at discerning subtle patterns that are really there, but equally so at imagining them when they are altogether absent.carl sagan: Chapter 3 (p. 44)
Spencer "was incapable", our critic haughtily re marks, "of discerning the difference between a homogeneity in matter, necessarily and blindly tending toward a heterogeneity, , and such a law of organism [sic], progress, and growth as requires a spiritual intelligence to originate and maintain it." Perheps he was a poor man! or perhaps he thought he had better discern and formulate progress where he could do it to the best advantage, and leave the postulating of spiritual intelligences to those who had a greater talent than he for building in the region of the unverifiable.Noah Porter "Ex-president Porter on Evolution" in: Popular Science. Sept 1886. Vol. 29, nr. 37. p.589
Our royal master saw with heedful eyes The state of his two universities; To one he sends a regiment, for why? That learned body wanted loyalty. To the other books he gave, as well discerning, How much that loyal body wanted learning.Version attributed to Thomas Warton.
Our gracious monarch viewed with equal eye The wants of either university; Troops he to Oxford sent, well knowing why, That learned body wanted loyalty; But books to Cambridge sent, as well discerning That that right loyal body wanted learning.Another version of Trapp. (Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations)
The King, observing with judicious eyes, The state of both his universities, To one he sent a regiment, for why? That learned body wanted loyalty; To the other he sent books, as well discerning, How much that loyal body wanted learning.Joseph Trapp, Epigram. On George I.'s Donation of Bishop Ely's Library to Cambridge University.