Our fathers have, in process of centuries, provided this realm, its colonies and wide dependencies, with a speech as malleable and pliant as Attic, dignified as Latin, masculine, yet free of Teutonic guttural, capable of being precise as French, dulcet as Italian, sonorous as Spanish, and captaining all these excellences to its service.SirArthurThomas known as 'Q' Quiller-Couch: 1900 The Oxford Book of EnglishVerse, preface.
There comes with old age a time when the heart is no longer fusible or malleable, and must retain the form in which it has cooled down.sheridan le fanu: Conclusion
(Libertarianism) with its emphasis on small government and minimal taxes, would put an end to the multiculturalist pork barreling that has nurtured an unproductive growing class of tax-eating Muslim ‘leaders’. In recent years, we’ve seen a conga line of Muslims emerge with their self-serving pseudo-research and demands for more and more money to be poured into their projects and causes; projects that are more often designed to meet the political objectives of the State than any genuine need in the Muslim community. For example, we’ve had people paint the Muslim youth as drug-addled, dangerous time bombs whose fuses can only be extinguished by more public money; and we’ve seen malleable Muslims handpicked by the State, placed on government committees and publicly-funded ‘reference groups’ and then used by the government to promote its agenda.Where are the Muslim libertarians?
The synthetic genius of Plotinus enabled him to weave into his system valuable elements from Aristotle and the Stoics . But he was above all a Platonist . He presents the spiritual triad: the One, the Mind, the Soul. From the One comes the Mind, that is, the Nous , which embraces the totality of the knowable or intelligible, to wit, the Cosmos of Ideas. From that, come the Soul of the World and the souls of men. Matter, which is no-thing, gains form and partial reality when informed with soul. Plotinus's attitude toward knowledge of the concrete natural or historic fact, displays a transcendental indifference exceeding that of Plato. Perceptible facts with him are but half-real manifestations of the informing spirit. They were quite plastic, malleable, reducible. Moreover, thoughts of the evil of the multiple world of sense held for Plotinus and his followers a bitterness of ethical unreality which Plato was too great an Athenian to feel.Henry Osborn Taylor, The Mediaeval Mind Ch.3
All reality is a game. Physics at its most fundamental, the very fabric of our universe, results directly from the interaction of certain fairly simple rules, and chance; the same description may be applied to the best, most elegant and both intellectually and aesthetically satisfying games. By being unknowable, by resulting from events which, at the sub-atomic level, cannot be fully predicted, the future remains malleable, and retains the possibility of change, the hope of coming to prevail; victory, to use an unfashionable word. In this, the future is a game; time is one of its rules.iain banks: Chapter 1 (p. 48)
Although every believing Christian understands that God guides our steps, fewer and fewer emphasize the point. A God working actively in the world makes us uneasy. We tend to like our God distant and a bit malleable, ready to bend to every new human idea. A God with a will of his own is too scary, and, besides, he might get in the way of our satisfaction of immediate desire.stephen l. carter: Ch. 25, A Modest Request, I
Human nature is almost unbelievably malleable, responding accurately and contrastingly to contrasting cultural conditions.Margaret Mead: p. 191 (Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies, 1935)
The actual past is brittle, ever-dimming + ever more problematic to access + reconstruct: in contrast, the virtual past is malleable, ever-brightening + ever more difficult to circumvent/expose as fraudulent. The present presses the virtual past into its own service, to lend credence to its mythologies + legitimacy to the imposition of will.david mitchell: "Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery", p. 340 (Nook edition)
Lenin is an artist who has worked men, as other artists have worked marble or metals. But men are harder than stone and less malleable than iron. There is no masterpiece. The artist has failed. The task was superior to his capacities.benito mussolini: Popolo d'Italia (14 July 1920) "The Artificer and the Material," quoted in Mussolini in the Making (1938) by Gaudens Megaro, p. 326
We sailed away on a winter's day With fate as malleable as clay But ships are fallible, I say And the nautical, as all things, fades.joanna newsom: Bridges & Balloons