— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
1900s, Maxims for Revolutionists (1903)
„Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.“
— Cesare Lombroso Italian criminologist 1835 - 1909
Source: The Man of Genius (1891), p. x.
„A strong and well-constituted man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds all included) just as he digests his meats, even when he has some tough morsels to swallow.“
Essay 3, Aphorism 16
On the Genealogy of Morality (1887)
„Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus.“
— Caitlín R. Kiernan writer 1964
(15 June 2007)
Unfit for Mass Consumption (blog entries), 2007
Context: Art is not science. Even when art is about science, it is still art. There cannot be consensus, in the sense that science strives for meaningful consensus. And unlike science, art is not progressive. Personally, I have my doubts that science can be said to be genuinely progressive, but I'm pretty dammed certain that art is not. Which is not to say that it is not accumulative or accretionary. But the belief that sf writers are out there forecasting the future, that they have some social responsibility to do so, that's malarky, if you ask me. Writers of sf can only, at best, make educated guesses, and usually those guesses are wrong, and clumping together to form a consensus does not in any way insure against history unfolding in one of those other, unpredicted directions. People love to pick out the occasional instances where Jules Verne and William Gibson got it right; they rarely ever point fingers at their miscalls.
— Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Rien n'est plus contraire à la religion et au clergé qu'une tête sensée et raisonnable. — Paul-Henri Thiry, Baron d'Holbach, Théologie portative, ou Dictionnaire abrégé de la religion chrétienne (1768): Folie
— James Patterson American author 1947
Source: The Angel Experiment
„All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.“
B 730; Variant translation: All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.
Variant: All human knowledge begins with intuitions, proceeds from thence to concepts, and ends with ideas.
Source: Critique of Pure Reason (1781; 1787)
„how beautiful is the universe
when something digestible meets
with an eager digestion
how sweet the embrace
when atom rushes to the arms
of waiting atom“
— Don Marquis American writer 1878 - 1937
the robin and the worm
— Étienne Bonnot de Condillac French academic 1714 - 1780
As quoted in Antoine Lavoisier, Elements of Chemistry (trans. Robert Kerr, 1790), Preface, p. xiv.
Source: Clockwork Angel
„Science is the knowledge of many, orderly and methodically digested and arranged, so as to become attainable by one.“
— John Herschel English mathematician, astronomer, chemist and photographer 1792 - 1871
A Preliminary Discourse on the Study of Natural Philosophy (1831)
Original: (la) Scribendi recte sapere est et principium et fons.
Source: Ars Poetica, or The Epistle to the Pisones (c. 18 BC), Line 309
„Physiology does not teach us how to digest, nor logic how to discourse, nor esthetics how to feel beauty or express it, nor ethics how to be good. And indeed it is well if they do not teach us how to be hypocrites; for pedantry, whether it be pedantry of logic, or of esthetics, or of ethics, is at bottom nothing but hypocrisy.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), XI : The Practical Problem
„The theatre demanded of its members stamina, good digestion, the ability to adjust, and a strong sense of humor. There was no discomfort an actor didn’t learn to endure. To survive, we had to be horses and we were.“
— Helen Hayes actress 1900 - 1993
Source: On Reflection (1968), Ch. 3
— Quintus Curtius Rufus Roman historian
IV, 14, 19.
Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis Libri Qui Supersunt, Book IV
Original: (la) Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.