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    Quotables: Ideas Have Consequences

    July 26, 2012 by Brandy Vencel
    Ideas Have Consequences
    by Richard Weaver

    The believer in truth…is bound to maintain that the things of highest value are not affected by the passage of time… {p. 52}

    [T]he gentleman is a secularized expression of the [philosophic doctor]. {p. 54}

    So the scientist, having lost hold upon organic reality, clings the more firmly to his discovered facts, hoping that salvation lies in what can be objectively verified. {p. 58}

    Having been told by the relativists that he cannot have truth, he now has “facts.” {p. 58}

    Plato reminded us that at any stage of an inquiry it is important to realize whether we are moving toward, or away from, first principles. {p. 59}

    [T]he fallacy of technology…is the conclusion that because a thing can be done, it must be done. {p. 60}

    [F]anaticism and emotional instability, tension and flightiness, are incompatible with that seasoned maturity which we expect in a leader. {p. 61}

    The man who understand has reason to be sure of himself; he has the repose of mastery. {p. 62}

    [T]he specialist stands ever at the borderline of psychosis. {p. 62}

    Thoughtful people today are sometimes moved to wonder why the world no longer has use for a liberally educated class. Surely the answer lies in this abandonment of generalization for specialization, which is the very process of fragmentation. {p. 62-63}

    [C]haracter is often an obstruction to the wheels of economic progress. {p. 64}

    [A] burden of responsibility is, after all, the best means of getting anyone to think straight. If he is made to feel that he is accountable for results, he looks steadily at the situation and endeavors to discover what is really true in it. This is a discipline. {p. 66}

    Like peace, regeneration carries a price which those of think of it idly will balk at. {p. 69}

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  • Reply sara July 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I love watching your Book Stack flip. It’s just so interesting to see the variety of books you read. I tend to focus on one subject and immerse myself it it, or bore myself to death. Perhaps I’ll try your approach!

    • Reply Brandy @ Afterthoughts July 30, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      I have always read like this, and I think that is because early on I realized that everything connects in some way, and it’s enjoyable to find those places and savor them a little. 🙂

      It also keeps me from getting bored. 🙂

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