The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.
Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
But now science, spurred on by its powerful delusion, hurtles inexorably towards its limits where the optimism hidden in the essence of logic founders. For the periphery of the circle of science has an infinite number of points and while there is no telling yet how the circle could ever be fully surveyed,the noble and gifted man, before he has reached the middle of his life, still inevitably encounters such peripheral limit points andfinds himself staring into an impenetrable darkness. If he at that moment sees to his horror how in these limits logic coils arounditself and finally bites its own tail - then the new form of knowledge breaks through, tragic knowledge, which in order to be tolerated,needs art as a protection and remedy.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape.
It was always disappointing to see that what I could really master in terms of form boiled down to so little.
I see only defects because I'm not following the scene as it were. I'm not following the other person. It's like the best thing to clarify this is the theater.
Not for a moment, beautiful aged Walt Whitman, have I failed to see your beard full of butterflies.
Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.
What makes these creatures so awful is the feeling that they can use us in ways too horrible to imagine-and yet, we DO imagine them, which makes it worse than seeing it.
That is the great distinction between the sexes. Men see objects, women see the relationships between objects.
What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
This deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour,but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.
I wanted to see the debates and I believe in the quality of the argument. I don't vote party line. I vote for the best person. I am a purist.
They really stay just characters to me. I look at them, and I don't see always the same person up there. And hopefully, people will see that too. Because it's very easy to bore people, and that's a killer. So hopefully that won't happen.
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
I mean, I don't think I'm alone when I look at the homeless person or the bum or the psychotic or the drunk or the drug addict or the criminal and see their baby pictures in my mind's eye. You don't think they were cute like every other baby?
You see it in the many bouncing clothes that are not just pleats. To make them, two or three people twist them - twist, twist, twist the pleats, sometimes three or four persons twist together and put it all in the machine to cook it.
Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little.
I am often on guard over the Russians. In the darkness one sees their forms move like stick storks, like great birds. They come close up to the wire fence and lean their faces against it. Their fingers hook round the mesh.
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity.
Any person, brought into the presence of this fact, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space.