Absolute Evil is not the kingdom of hell. The inhabitants of hell are ourselves, i.e., those who pay our painful, embarrassing, humanistic duties to society and who are compromised by our intellectually dubious commitment to virtue, which can be defined by the perpetual smear-word of French polemic: the bourgeois. (Bourgeois equals humanist.) This word has long been anathema in France where categories are part of the ruling notion of logique. The word cannot be readily matched in England or America.
It is quite true that you have had infinitely more influence on me Intellectually than anyone, and for this alone I love you.vita sackville-west
Of course some sort of general idea they must have, if they were to do their work intelligently though as little of one as possible. For particulars, as every one knows, make for virtue and happiness; generalities are Intellectually necessary evils. Not philosophers but fretsawyers and stamp collectors compose the backbone of society.aldous huxley
Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know she is better than every other country.
The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.george orwell
The point is that we are all capable of believing things which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong, impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually, it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality, usually on a battlefield.
Sociology seems to have missed every Intellectually promising boat in the last half century.Pierre L van den Berghe
I found it Intellectually numbing, tedious in the extreme. All you were was a sort of high-powered social worker and perhaps not even a good one. So I won't miss that.lord stratford
Intuition is a method of feeling one's way Intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it.henri-louis bergson
Gradually I began to Intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking which had been characteristic of my orientation. This began, most recognizably, with the rejection of politically-oriented thinking as essentially a hopeless waste of intellectual effort.john forbes nash
Magic is another word that makes people uneasy, so I use it deliberately, because words they are comfortable with, the words that sound acceptable, rational, scientific, and Intellectually sound, are comfortable precisely because they are the language of estrangement.starhawk
As a painter, cursed or blessed with a terrible and vital sensuousness, I must look for wisdom with my eyes. I repeat, with my eyes, for nothing could be more ridiculous or irrelevant than a 'philosophical conception painted purely Intellectually without the terrible fury of the senses grasping each visible form of beauty and ugliness.max beckmann
Every interview with a public figure should include the question "What have you been wrong about, and how did that change your views?" The answer will tell us if the person is Intellectually honest or a tale spinner with delusions of infallibility.stewart brand
He is the most intelligent, Intellectually curious, and charming man I have ever had the pleasure of meetingmunir butt
I think it is really important to be in some way provocative -- either Intellectually or viscerally -- in the films one makes.Peter Greenaway
The rural world was not ripe for him. A man should be only partially before his time to be completely to the vanward in aspirations is fatal to fame. Had Philip's warlike son been Intellectually so far ahead as to have attempted civilization without bloodshed, he would have been twice the godlike hero that he seemed, but nobody would have heard of an Alexander.thomas hardy
As soon as a thought or word becomes a tool, one can dispense with actually ‘thinking’ it, that is, with going through the logical acts involved in verbal formulation of it. As has been pointed out, often and correctly, the advantage of mathematics the model of all neo-positivistic thinking lies in just this ‘intellectual economy.’ Complicated logical operations are carried out without actual performance of the intellectual acts upon which the mathematical and logical symbols are based. … Reason … becomes a fetish, a magic entity that is accepted rather than Intellectually experienced.max horkheimer
Most people live, whether physically, Intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his little finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.william james
[I]t is necessary to insist upon this extraordinary but undeniable fact: experimental science has progressed thanks in great part to the work of men astoundingly mediocre, and even less than mediocre. That is to say, modern science, the root and symbol of our actual civilization, finds a place for the Intellectually commonplace man and allows him to work therein with success.josé ortega y gasset
The new "ambiguity" means, in a way adjudged favorable to literary, poetic, Intellectually and psychologically well-devised and praiseworthily executed linguistic performance, uncertainty of meaning, or difficulty for the interpreter in identifying just what the meaning in question is: it means the old meanings of ambiguity with a difference. It means uncertainty of meaning (of a word or combination of words) purposefully incorporated in a literary composition for the attainment of the utmost possible variety of meaning-play compressible within the verbal limits of the composition.laura riding
While it is true that science cannot decide questions of value, that is because they cannot be Intellectually decided at all, and lie outside the realm of truth and falsehood. Whatever knowledge is attainable, must be attained by scientific methods; and what science cannot discover, mankind cannot know.bertrand russell
I am sure that university life would be better, both Intellectually and morally, if most university students had temporary childless marriages. This would afford a solution to the sexual urge neither restless nor surreptitious, neither mercenary nor casual, and of such a nature that it need not take up time which ought to be given to work.bertrand russell
One has a feeling that one has a kind of home in this timeless community of human beings that strive for truth . … I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of Intellectually and ethically valuable people .
Seen in the light of evolution , biology is, perhaps, Intellectually the most satisfying and inspiring science. Without that light it becomes a pile of sundry facts -- some of them interesting or curious but making no meaningful picture as a whole.
My deepest impulses are optimistic; an attitude that seems to me as spiritually necessary and proper as it is Intellectually suspect.
One has a feeling that one has a kind of home in this timeless community of human beings that strive for truth . … I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of Intellectually and ethically valuable people.