unlearn all that you’re taught unlearn the ways in which you’ve thought unlearn the attachment to what you’ve bought unlearn the sadness in which you rot unlearn the pride in which you’re caught unlearn the safety of your cot unlearn the reason in which you sought unlearn the objectivity for which you fought learn to […]Read more "The Unlearned Learn Best"
From years of study and of contemplation An old man brews a work of clarity, A gay and involuted dissertation Discoursing on sweet wisdom playfully. An eager student bent on storming heights Has delved in archives and in libraries, But adds the touch of genius when he writes A first book full of deepest […]Read more "Soap Bubbles"
Of all people you are the nearest to my soul, and the nearest to my heart, and our souls and hearts have never quarreled. Only our thoughts have quarreled, and thought is acquired, it is derived from the environment, from what we see in front of us, from what each day brings to us; but […]Read more "Love and Thought 2"
Although all the qualities of mind may be united in a great genius, yet there are some which are special and peculiar to him; his views are unlimited; he always acts uniformly and with the same activity; he sees distant objects as if present; he comprehends and grasps the greatest, sees and notices the smallest […]Read more "On Difference of Character"
Then a lawyer said, “But what of our Laws, master?” And he answered: You delight in laying down laws, Yet you delight more in breaking them. Like children playing by the ocean who build sand-towers with constancy and then destroy them with laughter. But while you build your sand-towers the ocean brings more sand to […]Read more "Laws"
The men of principled simplicity Will have no traffic with our subtle doubt. The world is flat, they tell us, and they shout: The myth of depth is an absurdity! For if there were additional dimensions Beside the good old pair we’ll always cherish, How could a man live safely without tensions? How could he […]Read more "A Compromise"
To truth, it seems to us, life once was nearer, The world ordered, intelligences clearer, Wisdom and knowledge were not yet divided. They lived far more serenely, many-sided, Those ancients of whom Plato, the Chinese, Relate their incandescent verities. Whenever we entered the temple of Aquinas, The graceful Summa contra Gentiles, A new world greeted […]Read more "After Dipping Into the Summa Contra Gentiles"