The intellect is a very nice whirligig toy, but how people take it seriously is more than I can understand.
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- The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.
- No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
- The real trouble with war (modern war) is that it gives no one a chance to kill the right people.
- People find ideas a bore because they do not distinguish between live ones and stuffed ones on a shelf.
- The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.
- A great age of literature is perhaps always a great age of translations.