Here's someone who I've felt some level of kinship with, yet haven't seriously read through his material. I'll paste some things in here that i have found kinship with as I've read.
My new tagline. Those who strive to be something usually fail because they are caught up in the structure of it -- of how to BE that thing, of how to MAKE that thing happen. They try too hard.Mathematics, intuition.--True eloquence makes light of eloquence, true morality makes light of morality; that is to say, the morality of the judgement, which has no rules, makes light of the morality of the intellect.
For it is to judgement that perception belongs, as science belongs to intellect. Intuition is the part of judgement, mathematics of intellect.
To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
To whit, people who try to be eloquent fail -- they mistake complexity for beauty.
Those who try to be moral fail -- they mistake rigidity and specificity for virtue.
Those who try to be philosophical fail -- they mistake abstractions for things of relevance.
People seek control, to CREATE these things.
But it's about tapping into something deeper.
Something of simplicity that doesn't need to complicated structure in order to be implemented.
Beautiful words, especially for a diverse discussion site. If people would approach discussions here with this attitude, much fighting might be averted.When we wish to correct with advantage and to show another that he errs, we must notice from what side he views the matter, for on that side it is usually true, and admit that truth to him, but reveal to him the side on which it is false. He is satisfied with that, for he sees that he was not mistaken and that he only failed to see all sides. Now, no one is offended at not seeing everything; but one does not like to be mistaken, and that perhaps arises from the fact that man naturally cannot see everything, and that naturally he cannot err in the side he looks at, since the perceptions of our senses are always true.
When we arrive at an idea ourselves, it sticks and it's ours.People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
That is why good teachers teach their students how to THINK rather than beat finished conclusions into their heads. Teaching someone how to think allows them to own their conclusions.
Context and arrangement is everything.Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects.
And even words are made of the same letters in different configurations and placement in time.
eloquence without truth at the root of its pleasantness is hollow and tasteless at core.eloquence: It requires the pleasant and the real; but the pleasant must itself be drawn from the true.
Ideas often inspire positive thoughts towards the thinker. So, when we meet a man, if we are forced to remember just his ideas, after be predisposed otherwise, it says something poor of his character than we could not make that transference intuitively.We should not be able to say of a man, "He is a mathematician," or "a preacher," or "eloquent"; but that he is "a gentleman." That universal quality alone pleases me. It is a bad sign when, on seeing a person, you remember his book.
lol. yeah.Do you wish people to believe good of you? Don't speak.
Better yet.A maker of witticisms, a bad character.
Sometimes we're our own worst critics, and the bad is merely in our own eyes; others see nothing.You are ungraceful: "Excuse me, pray." Without that excuse I would not have known there was anything amiss. "With reverence be it spoken..." The only thing bad is their excuse.