Intelligent Minds

“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.”

-Albert Einstein

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“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there once was in man a true happiness of which now remain to him only the mark and empty trace, which he in vain tries to fill from all his surroundings, seeking from things absent the help he does not obtain in things present. But these are all inadequate, because the infinite abyss can only be filled by an infinite and immutable object, that is to say, only by God Himself.”

-Blaise Pascal

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“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”

-Socrates

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“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation… Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness. If a man is not uncalculating towards the early beloveds whom he has seen, he is none the more likely to be so towards God whom he has not. We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if he chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.”
–C.S. Lewis “The Four Loves”

“Eros (erotic love) will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities.”
–C.S. Lewis “The Four Loves”

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. kaptonok says:

    Socrates is accurate and reminds me of Sir Issac Newton who said:
    I feel like a boy wondering on a pebbled beach now and again coming across a bright pebble.
    We must not believe that the human mind is capable of unravelling all of natures secrets. It could well be we have an inflated idea of our own abilities. Human conceit is widespread.
    Steven Pinker in How the Mind Works speculates towards the end as follows:
    Since the human brain was created by natural selection( not everyone accepts that) , its design is to ensure our survival and not to probe the mysteries of nature.

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    1. Very true, human pride is a great stumbling block on the road to wisdom.

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      1. kaptonok says:

        I’m not a Christian in belief but often feel prompted to quote the Bible.
        ‘ Now we see through a glass darkly , but then face to face.’

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      2. Christian or not, there is undeniable wisdom in the words of Jesus and King Solomon among others.

        Like

  2. Sadia Khan says:

    Amazing quotes that couldn’t express these ideas any better than they already have.

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