Great thinkers build their edifices with subtle consistency. We do our intellectual forebears an enormous disservice when we dismember their visions and scan their systems in order to extract a few disembodied “gems” thoughts or claims still accepted as true. These disarticulated pieces then become the entire legacy of our ancestors, and we lose the beauty and coherence of older systems that might enlighten us by their unfamiliarity and their consequent challenge in our fallible (and complacent) modern world.
Then gently scan your brother Man, Still gentler sister Woman; Tho'they may gang a kennin wrang, To step aside is human.Robert Burns
Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain.william cowper
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too much weakness for the stoic's pride, He hangs between; in doubt to act or rest, In doubt to deem himself a god, or beast; In doubt his mind or body to prefer, Born but to die, and reas'ning but to err; Alike in ignorance, his reason such, Whether he thinks too little, or too much.Alexander Pope
Blind unbelief is sure to err,And scan his work in vain;God is his own interpreter,And he will make it plain.william cowper
Then gently scan your brother man,Still gentler sister woman;Tho' they may gang a kennin' wrang,To step aside is human.Robert Burns
Science is the only news. When you scan through a newspaper or magazine, all the human interest stuff is the same old he-said-she-said, the politics and economics the same sorry cyclic dramas, the fashions a pathetic illusion of newness, and even the technology is predictable if you know the science. Human nature doesn’t change much; science does, and the change accrues, altering the world irreversibly.stewart brand
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan; The proper study of mankind is man.Alexander Pope
There is no Theam more plentiful to scan, Then is the glorious goodly Frame of Man.guillaume de salluste du bartas
Then gently scan your brother man, Still gentler sister woman; Tho' they may gang a kennin' wrang, To step aside is human.Robert Burns
View the whole scene, with critic judgment scan, And then deny him merit if you can. Where he falls short, 'tis Nature's fault alone Where he succeeds, the merit's all his own.Charles Churchill
Who teach the mind its proper face to scan, And hold the faithful mirror up to man.
Creativity is the result of a struggle between vitality and form. As anyone who has tried to write a sonnet or scan poetry, is aware, the form ideally do not take away from the creativity but may add to it.rollo may
I call'd the devil, and he came, And with wonder his form did I closely scan; He is not ugly, and is not lame, But really a handsome and charming man. A man in the prime of life is the devil, Obliging, a man of the world, and civil; A diplomatist too, well skill'd in debate, He talks quite glibly of church and state.Heinrich Heine
Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began.Oliver Goldsmith
Impartially their talents scan, Just education forms the man.john gay
Its not like anything I've ever seen. Let's do a slice and scan right away.
Then gently scan your brother man,Still gentler sister woman;Tho' they may gang a kennin wrang,To step aside is human.Robert Burns