Concepts Quotes

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Alan W. Watts
“What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money ... but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth ... In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are "coins" for real things.”
Alan Wilson Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety

Amy Tan
“And then it occurs to me. They are frightened. In me, they see their own daughters, just as ignorant, just as unmindful of all the truths and hopes they have brought to America. They see daughters who grow impatient when their mothers talk in Chinese, who think they are stupid when they explain things in fractured English. They see that joy and luck do not mean the same to their daughters, that to these closed American-born minds "joy luck" is not a word, it does not exist. They see daughters who will bear grandchildren born without any connecting hope passed from generation to generation.”
Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club

Anthony de Mello
“Thought can organize the world so well that you are no longer able to see it.”
Anthony de Mello, One Minute Wisdom

Aldous Huxley
“However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.”
Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception & Heaven and Hell

Robert Anton Wilson
“The Copenhagen Interpretation is sometimes called "model agnosticism" and holds that any grid we use to organize our experience of the world is a model of the world and should not be confused with the world itself. Alfred Korzybski, the semanticist, tried to popularize this outside physics with the slogan, "The map is not the territory." Alan Watts, a talented exegete of Oriental philosophy, restated it more vividly as "The menu is not the meal.”
Robert Anton Wilson, Cosmic Trigger: Die letzten Geheimnisse der Illuminaten oder An den Grenzen des erweiterten Bewusstseins

Simone Weil
“There are two atheisms of which one is a purification of the notion of God.”
Simone Weil

Criss Jami
“Christianity, like genius, is one of the hardest concepts to forgive. We hear what we want to hear and accept what we want to accept, for the most part, simply because there is nothing more offensive than feeling like you have to re-evaluate your own train of thought and purpose in life. You have to die to an extent in your hunger for faith, for wisdom, and quite frankly, most people aren't ready to die.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Bede Griffiths
“Above all we have to go beyond words and images and concepts. No imaginative vision or conceptual framework is adequate to the great reality.”
Bede Griffiths

Amit Ray
“True virtue is knowing the self not by intellectual knowledge but by pure silence.”
Amit Ray, Peace Bliss Beauty and Truth: Living with Positivity

Criss Jami
“Some concepts are so incredibly risky they take an honest fool to try to articulate them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Pablo Tusset
“To say "all that which does not exist" is to introduce, effectively, a new concept, but it does not bring into existence anything more than that very concept which it introduces. That is, a certain entity about which we know nothing except that it bears the name of "all that which does not exist.”
Pablo Tusset, The Best Thing That Can Happen to a Croissant

“I think actually if you take the analogy with other areas of engineering, and increasingly of science and even mathematics, you can see people do not have to learn the vast number of formulae they used to learn. Instead, they have to learn to use the computer effectively. This frees them, I feel, to understand concepts and the foundations while they’re learning the mechanics of the application of the theory.”
C.A.R. Hoare

William Blake
“Pity would be no more
If we did not make somebody Poor;
And Mercy no more could be
If all were as happy as we.

And mutual fear brings peace,
Till the selfish loves increase:
Then Cruelty knits a snare
And spreads his baits with care.

He sits down with holy fears
And waters the ground with tears:
Then Humility takes its root
Underneath his foot.

Soon spreads the dismal shade
Of Mystery over his head,
And the Catterpiller and Fly
Feed on the Mystery.

And it bears the fruit of Deceit,
Ruddy and sweet to eat,
And the Raven his nest has made
In its thickest shade.

The Gods of the earth and sea
Sought thro' Nature to find this Tree,
But their search was all in vain:
There grows one in the Human Brain.”
William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience

“A fish-trap is for catching fish; once you've caught the fish, you can forget about the trap. A rabbit-snare is for catching rabbits; once you've caught the rabbit, you can forget about the snare. Words are for catching ideas; once you've caught the idea, you can forget about the words. Where can I find a person who knows how to forget about words so that I can have a few words with them?”
Zhuangzi, Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings: With Selections from Traditional Commentaries

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“Respect is love in action.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana

C.G. Jung
“No one has any obligations to a concept; that is what is so agreeable about conceptuality—it promises protection from experience.”
C.G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

“Language necessarily involves bringing any particular under more and more general and universal labels. That’s what conceptualization is all about: reducing particular things to fewer and fewer generalizations and universals, until, ultimately, reality is reduced to just one universal, the supreme concept that explains everything. This one concept is the Principle of Sufficient Reason (PSR). The whole point of concepts is to reach more and more general and universal levels until we ultimately arrive at one concept – the ultimate universal which explains the whole of reality. That concept is the PSR.”
Thomas Stark, The Stairway to Consciousness: The Birth of Self-Awareness from Unconscious Archetypes

“People talk about keeping a healthy balance between two different concepts, but rarely do we see them giving the same amount of importance to what a man thinks and how a man thinks. Which in reality are equally important.”
Danial Shamsi

Deyth Banger
“All concepts of making a point is another failure of communication.”
Deyth Banger, The Life Of One Kid

Graham Hancock
“Traces of the same spiritual concepts and symbolism that enlighten the Egyptian texts are found all around the world among cultures that we can be certain were never in direct contact. Straightforward diffusion from one to the other is therefore not the answer, and 'coincidence' doesn't even begin to account for the level of detail in the similarities. The best explanation, in my view, is that we're looking at a legacy, shared worldwide, passed down from a single, remotely ancient source.”
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

Graham Hancock
“Not only was the constellation of Orion part of the Moundville story [of Native Americans], not only was a journey to the realm of the dead part of it, too, but now I knew also that a series of trials would have to be faced on that journey, that the Milky Way was involved and, last but by no means least, that Moundville itself had been thought of as an image, or copy, of the realm of the dead on earth. Every one of these were important symbols, concepts, and narratives in the ancient Egyptian funerary texts that I'd been fascinated by for more than 20 years. It would be striking to find even two of them together in a remote and unconnected culture, but for them all to be present in ancient North America in the same way that they were present in ancient Egypt, and serving the same ends, was a significant anomaly.”
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

“The business should come to realize that the secret of Data Science is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to reveal itself.”
Damian Mingle

Philip Ball
“If different physics is ‘all’ you want, you can look (say) to Einstein’s theories of special and general relativity, in which motion and gravity slow time and bend space. That’s not easy to imagine, but I reckon you can do it. You just need to imagine time passing more slowly, distances contracting: distortions of your grid references. You can put those ideas into words. In quantum theory, words are blunt tools. We give names to things and processes, but those are just labels for concepts that cannot be properly, accurately expressed in any terms but their own.”
Philip Ball, Beyond Weird

C.A.A. Savastano
“Some current ideologies would double as improvisational comedy because you must agree with them by adding further laughable concepts.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Karl Ove Knausgård
“In themselves pictures are beyond words, beyond concepts, beyond thought, they invoke the presence of the world on the world's terms, which also means that everything that has been thought and written in this book stops being valid the moment your gaze meets the canvas.”
Karl Ove Knausgård, Så mye lengsel på så liten flate. En bok om Edvard Munchs bilder

Mwanandeke Kindembo
“Freedom and not peace, is essential when it comes on learning new concepts. We learn best by having fun. In enjoyment, rather than being under total surveillance.”
Mwanandeke Kindembo

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“If my imagination is taking me ‘away’ from something rather than taking me ‘to’ something, it was never imagination in the first place.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Without sensibility no object would be given to us, without understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind. It is, therefore, just as necessary to make our concepts sensible, that is, to add the object to them in intuition, as to make our intuitions intelligible, that is, to bring them under concepts. These two powers or capacities cannot exchange their functions. The understanding can intuit nothing, the senses can think nothing. Only through their union can knowledge arise. But that is no reason for confounding the contribution of either with that of the other; rather is it a strong reason for carefully separating and distinguishing the one from the other. We therefore distinguish the science of the rules of sensibility in general, that is, aesthetic, from the science of the rules of the understanding in general, that is, logic.”
Emmanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason

Mary Downing Hahn
“I was tempted to tell my father the truth, but perhaps it was better to let him go on believing that Vincent was depraved, a pervert of some kind, a child abuser. If Dad believed he’d invited a creature from myth and legend to cross his threshold, he’d have to rethink his entire concept of reality. I wasn’t sure he was ready for that.”
Mary Downing Hahn, Look for Me by Moonlight

Charles Sanders Peirce
“What the pragmatist has his pragmatism for is to be able to say, Here is a definition and it does not differ at all from your confusedly apprehended conception because there is no practical difference.”
Charles Sanders Peirce

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