Miscellaneous II

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“My perfect day is sitting in a room with some blank paper.” [1]

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“Give me a museum, and I will fill it.” [2]

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“I can’t answer that question. Or rather, I can, but no answer will satisfy those who ask it.” [3]

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“This letter is longer than usual, because I lack the time to make it shorter.” [4]

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“Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.” [5]

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“I use my magnifying glass on ants sometimes ― not to cook them, just to warm them on cold days.” [6]

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“I’m afraid it’s perfectly possible that we might be capable of understanding questions to which we can’t understand the answers. Think of a chess board ― a bishop only understands diagonal moves.” [7]

Ultimately I don’t think I even agree with this analogy, but it’s always stuck with me.

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Citations

  1. Cormac McCarthy
  2. Picasso
  3. Jacob M. Held
  4. Blaise Pascal
  5. Abraham Lincoln
  6. David Thorne
  7. consciousentities.com’s Colin McGinn article
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