Ardor Quotes

Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Categories: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
The Presidential election has given me less anxiety than I myself could have imagined. The next administration will be a troublesome one, to whomsoever it falls, and our John has been too much worn to contend much longer with conflicting factions. I call him our John, because, when you were at the Cul de sac at Paris, he appeared to me to be almost as much your boy as mine... As to the decision of your author, though I wish to see the book {Flourens's Experiments on the functions of the nervous system in vertebrated animals}, I look upon it as a mere game at push-pin. Incision-knives will never discover the distinction between matter and spirit, or whether there is any or not. That there is an active principle of power in the universe, is apparent; but in what substance that active principle resides, is past our investigation. The faculties of our understanding are not adequate to penetrate the universe. Let us do our duty, which is to do as we would be done by; and that, one would think, could not be difficult, if we honestly aim at it. Your university is a noble employment in your old age, and your ardor for its success does you honor; but I do not approve of your sending to Europe for tutors and professors. I do believe there are sufficient scholars in America, to fill your professorships and tutorships with more active ingenuity and independent minds than you can bring from Europe. The Europeans are all deeply tainted with prejudices, both ecclesiastical and temporal, which they can never get rid of. They are all infected with episcopal and presbyterian creeds, and confessions of faith. They all believe that great Principle which has produced this boundless universe, Newton's universe and Herschel's universe, came down to this little ball, to be spit upon by Jews. And until this awful blasphemy is got rid of, there never will be any liberal science in the world. I salute your fireside with best wishes and best affections for their health, wealth and prosperity. {Letter to Thomas Jefferson, 22 January, 1825}

John Adams
And you can glance out the window for a moment, distracted by the sound of small kids playing a made-up game in a neighbor's yard, some kind of kickball maybe, and they speak in your voice, or piggyback races on the weedy lawn, and it's your voice you hear, essentially, under the glimmerglass sky, and you look at the things in the room, offscreen, unwebbed, the tissued grain of the deskwood alive in light, the thick lived tenor of things, the argument of things to be seen and eaten, the apple core going sepia in the lunch tray, and the dense measures of experience in a random glance, the monk's candle reflected in the slope of the phone, hours marked in Roman numerals, and the glaze of the wax, and the curl of the braided wick, and the chipped rim of the mug that holds your yellow pencils, skewed all crazy, and the plied lives of the simplest surface, the slabbed butter melting on the crumbled bun, and the yellow of the yellow of the pencils, and you try to imagine the word on the screen becoming a thing in the world, taking all its meanings, its sense of serenities and contentments out into the streets somehow, its whisper of reconciliation, a word extending itself ever outward, the tone of agreement or treaty, the tone of repose, the sense of mollifying silence, the tone of hail and farewell, a word that carries the sunlit ardor of an object deep in drenching noon, the argument of binding touch, but it's only a sequence of pulses on a dullish screen and all it can do is make you pensive-a word that spreads a longing through the raw sprawl of the city and out across the dreaming bournes and orchards to the solitary hills. Peace.

Don DeLillo
I have always been interested in this man. My father had a set of Tom Paine's books on the shelf at home. I must have opened the covers about the time I was 13. And I can still remember the flash of enlightenment which shone from his pages. It was a revelation, indeed, to encounter his views on political and religious matters, so different from the views of many people around us. Of course I did not understand him very well, but his sincerity and ardor made an impression upon me that nothing has ever served to lessen. I have heard it said that Paine borrowed from Montesquieu and Rousseau. Maybe he had read them both and learned something from each. I do not know. But I doubt that Paine ever borrowed a line from any man... Many a person who could not comprehend Rousseau, and would be puzzled by Montesquieu, could understand Paine as an open book. He wrote with a clarity, a sharpness of outline and exactness of speech that even a schoolboy should be able to grasp. There is nothing false, little that is subtle, and an impressive lack of the negative in Paine. He literally cried to his reader for a comprehending hour, and then filled that hour with such sagacious reasoning as we find surpassed nowhere else in American letters - seldom in any school of writing. Paine would have been the last to look upon himself as a man of letters. Liberty was the dear companion of his heart; truth in all things his object... we, perhaps, remember him best for his declaration: 'The world is my country; to do good my religion.' Again we see the spontaneous genius at work in 'The Rights of Man', and that genius busy at his favorite task - liberty. Written hurriedly and in the heat of controversy, 'The Rights of Man' yet compares favorably with classical models, and in some places rises to vaulting heights. Its appearance outmatched events attending Burke's effort in his 'Reflections'. Instantly the English public caught hold of this new contribution. It was more than a defense of liberty; it was a world declaration of what Paine had declared before in the Colonies. His reasoning was so cogent, his command of the subject so broad, that his legion of enemies found it hard to answer him. 'Tom Paine is quite right, ' said Pitt, the Prime Minister, 'but if I were to encourage his views we should have a bloody revolution.' Here we see the progressive quality of Paine's genius at its best. 'The Rights of Man' amplified and reasserted what already had been said in 'Common Sense', with now a greater force and the power of a maturing mind. Just when Paine was at the height of his renown, an indictment for treason confronted him. About the same time he was elected a member of the Revolutionary Assembly and escaped to France. So little did he know of the French tongue that addresses to his constituents had to be translated by an interpreter. But he sat in the assembly. Shrinking from the guillotine, he encountered Robespierre's enmity, and presently found himself in prison, facing that dread instrument. But his imprisonment was fertile. Already he had written the first part of 'The Age of Reason' and now turned his time to the latter part. Presently his second escape cheated Robespierre of vengeance, and in the course of events 'The Age of Reason' appeared. Instantly it became a source of contention which still endures. Paine returned to the United States a little broken, and went to live at his home in New Rochelle - a public gift. Many of his old companions in the struggle for liberty avoided him, and he was publicly condemned by the unthinking. {The Philosophy of Paine, June 7, 1925}

Thomas A. Edison
A Etimologia tentou separar duas rae­zes: de um lado a raiz-lua que, com men (lua) e mensis (mes) pertence a rae­z ma do sacrife­cio mas; e de outro, a raiz se¢nscrita manas, com menos (grego), mens (latim) etc., que representa o espirito por exceleªncia. Da raiz-espe­rito brota uma ampla ramificae§e£o de sentidos espirituais significativos: menos, espirito, corae§e£o, alma, coragem, ardor; menoinan, considerar, meditar, desejar; memona, ter em mente, pretender; mainomai pensar e tambem perder-se em pensamentos e delirar, a qual pertence mania, loucura, possesse£o e tambem manteia, profecia. Outros ramos da mesma raiz-espe­rito se£o menis, menos, raiva, menuo, indicar, revelar; meno, permanecer, demorar-se, manthano, aprender; menini, lembrar; e mentiri, mentir. Todas essas rae­zes-espe­rito originam-se de uma raiz original se¢nscrita Mati-h, que significa pensamento, intene§e£o. Em nenhum lugar, seja ele qual for, essa raiz foi colocada em oposie§e£o a raiz-lua, men, lua; mensis, mes; mas, que e ligado a ma, medir. Dessa raiz origina-se ne£o so matra-m, medida, mas tambem metis, inteligeªncia, sabedoria; matiesthai, meditar, ter em mente, sonhar; e, mais ainda, para nossa surpresa, verificamos que essa raiz-lua, pretensamente oposta a raiz-espe­rito, e da mesma maneira derivada da raiz se¢nscrita mati-h, significando medida, conhecimento. Em conseqe¼eªncia, a eºnica raiz arquete­pica subjacente a esses significados e espe­rito-lua, que se expressa em todas as suas ramificae§eµes diversificadas, revelando-nos assim sua natureza e seu significado primordial. O que emana do espe­rito-lua e um movimento emocional relacionado de perto com as atividades do inconsciente. Na erupe§e£o ativa e um espirito igneo: coragem, colera, possesse£o e ira; sua auto-revelae§e£o conduz a profecia, cogitae§e£o e mentira, mas tambem a poesia. Junto com essa produtividade ignea, no entanto, coloca-se outra atitude mais ' medida ' que medita, sonha, espera e deseja, hesita e se retarda, que se relaciona com a memoria e o aprendizado, e cujo efeito e a moderae§e£o, a sabedoria e o significado. Discutindo o assunto em outro lugar, mencionei, como uma atividade primaria do inconsciente, o Einfall, isto e, o pressentimento ou o pensamento que ' estala ' na cabee§a. O aparecimento de conteeºdos espirituais que penetram na conscieªncia com suficiente forca persuasiva para fascina-la e controla-la, representa provavelmente a primeira forma de emergeªncia do espirito no homem. Enquanto numa conscieªncia ampliada e num ego mais forte esse fator emergente e introjetado e concebido como uma manifestae§e£o pse­quica interna, no comee§o parece atingir a psique ' de fora ', como uma revelae§e£o sagrada e uma mensagem numinosa dos ' poderes ' ou deuses. O ego, ao experimentar esses conteeºdos como vindos de fora, mesmo quando os chama de intuitos ou inspirae§eµes, recebe o fene´meno espiritual esponte¢neo com a atitude caractere­stica do ego da conscieªncia matriacal. Porque ainda e verdade, como sempre foi, que as revelae§eµes do espe­rito-lua se£o recebidas mais facilmente quando a noite anima o inconsciente e provoca a introverse£o do que a luz brilhante do dia.

Erich Neumann
?Earn cash when you save a quote by clicking
EARNED Load...
LEVEL : Load...