Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
All fixed, fast frozen relations, with their train of ancient and venerable prejudices and opinions, are swept away, all new-formed ones become antiquated before they can ossify.
Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
— Bertrand Russell
Among the more sophisticated commentators on modern education, it is a commonplace yet valuable observation that education needs reform more radical than a bigger education budget, a stronger teacher’s union, smaller class sizes, or more rigorous testing procedures. After examining the nature of classical education, it should be clear that education also needs reform more radical than harking back to a more traditional approach that mouths respect for facts, logic, and abstract thought. Education must be radically reformed in accordance with a proper understanding of abstractions that gives new meaning to the very notion of facts, logic, and abstract thought. It must treat concepts not as automatically-given abstractions to be memorized, toyed with, and shoehorned to fit with religious faith, but as items of real knowledge, grasped rationally, based in perceptual reality, and developed inductively, with the indispensable, practical power to identify reality and therefore give guidance to a man in every decision he faces over the course of his life.
— Lisa Van Damme
When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty, There arises the recognition of ugliness.
When they all know the good as good, There arises the recognition of evil.
—Lao Tzu, The Tao Te Ching
By plucking her petals you do not gather the beauty of the flower.
—Rabindranath Tagore, “Stray Birds”
Shorn, the ghosts of my hair condemn me with a malignant reflex for every comb I come across.
Rice by Chun Yang-Hee
To you who eat a lot of rice because you are lonely
To you who sleep a lot because you are bored
To you who cry a lot because you are sad
I write this down
Chew on your feelings that are cornered like you would chew on rice
Anyway, life is something that you need to digest.