Gleanings From The Past #34


Mind and Body

The two philosophies, that which treats of body and that which treats of mind, are both of them good, useful, and necessary. Matter must be studied by the senses and with material experience, just as mind must be studied by the inner sight, and by its own experience. Reason and imagination, patience and enthusiasm, reflection and sentiment, — these are instruments the use of which is equally essential in our researches. To attain to truth, the soul needs all its tact and sagacity, its taste and memory, its feet and wings.

— Joseph Joubert, Pensées of Joubert, 1896


For fees to any form they mould a cause,
The worst has merits and the best has flaws.
Five guineas make a criminal to-day,
And ten to-morrow wipe the stain away.

— Samuel Garth, from the poem “Dispensary: A Poem in Six Cantos”, Canto IV, quoted in The Poems of Garth and Tickell, 1822

Something to Think About

And all the time — such is the tragi-comedy of our situation — we continue to
clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

— C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man, 1943

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