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One of the great advantages of religion over science is that stupid people can understand religion as well as, and often even better than, smart people.
The anxiety to be like other people, only bigger and richer, is, like nearly all the forms of fear, unspeakably vulgar. Lane Cooper, Literature for Engineers.
Two immigrants from Germany [meet] for the first time after many years in New York. One asks the other: ‘Are you happy here?’ Reply: ‘I am happy, aber glücklich bin ich nicht.’ Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, and Loyalty, 1970, 113. From the chapter on “Exit and Voice in American Ideology and Practice,” which contains an interesting discussion on “the extreme reluctance of Americans in public office to resign in protest against policies with which they disagree,” Ibid., 114–119.
When I call them sacred books I am not joking. Malthus and Ricardo were taken as gospels by the most serious and even pious men, who used them to justify actions they would never have thought of defending on human grounds. Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 327.
Up to the 1930s people were supposed not to burn witches and other members of minority groups, or extract confessions by torture or pervert the course of justice or go to prison for speaking the truth. Except, of course, during wars. Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 171.
Sit we upon the highest throne in the world, yet sit we only upon our own tail. Montaigne, quoted in Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 163.
The convention by which the great events in biblical or secular history could be enacted only by magnificent physical specimens, handsome and well-groomed, went on for a very long time—till the middle of the nineteenth century. Only a very few artists—perhaps only Rembrandt and Caravaggio in the first rank—were independent enough to stand against it. And I think that this convention, which was an element in the so-called grand manner, became a deadening influence on the European mind. It deadened our sense of truth, even our sense of moral responsibility; and led, as we now see, to a hideous reaction. Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1969, 133.
Great works of art can be produced by barbarous societies. Kenneth Clark, Civilization, 1.
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