19 January 2007

My favourite discovered quotes of 2006

Ercan Akyol, Turkish caricaturist, Bak issue #5:
It is important that art is produced, but it also has to be consumed. The dynamics of producers and consumers is the motor of art.

Daniel Goleman:
The range of what we think and do
is limited by what we fail to notice.
And because we fail to notice
that we fail to notice
there is little we can do
to change
until we notice
how failing to notice
shapes our thoughts and deeds.

C. G. Jung:
In neither case should they be taken literally, for they are not to be understood semiotically, as signs for definite things, but as symbols. A symbol is an indefinite expression with many meanings, pointing to something not easily defined and therefore not fully known. But the sign always has a fixed meaning, because it is a conventional abbreviation for, or a commonly accepted indication of, something known. The symbol therefore has a large number of analogous variants, and the more of these variants it has at its disposal, the more complete and clear-cut will be the image it projects of its object.

Gerald Schueler, "Chaos and the Psychological Symbolism of the Tarot":
Jung differentiated a sign from a symbol. A true symbol can never be fully explained, while a sign can be fully explained insofar as the conscious ego is concerned. Symbols themselves are archetypal, and they are expressed verbally in terms of signs. We can say, then, that a sign is an individual's interpretation of an archetypal symbol.

James Harvey Robinson:
Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

Robin Robertson, "Number as Archetype":
Time after time, we have seen how ideas gestate over a long period of time, then emerge whole, seemingly out of nowhere. But, of course, they do not really appear out of nowhere; they develop out of sight in the unconscious, only to emerge in the consciousness of a small number of supremely gifted individuals whose minds are flexible enough to stretch and include strange new concepts.

Robert Anton Wilson:
Every fact of science was once Damned. Every invention was considered impossible. Every discovery was a nervous shock to some orthodoxy. Every artistic innovation was denounced as fraud and folly. The entire web of culture and "progress," everything on earth that is man-made and not given to us by nature, is the concrete manifestation of some man's refusal to bow to Authority. We would own no more, know no more, and be no more than the first apelike hominids if it were not for the rebellious, the recalcitrant, and the intransigent. As Oscar Wilde truly said, "Disobedience was man's Original Virtue."

Alchemical Studies, Vol 13, para. 335 (pp. 265):
One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

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Anonymous said...

Why does no one comment here?..this is great stuff. I enjoy your writing and the links you provide. thx.

Anonymous said...

People always clap for the wrong things............. Holden caulfield