1. 10

    What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it.

    45
  2. 9

    What thou lovest well remains, the rest is dross What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage Whose world, or mine or theirs or is it of none? First came the seen, then thus the palpable Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell. What thou lovest well is thy true heritage.

    48
  3. 8

    The technique of infamy is to start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is the truth.

    57
  4. 7

    'Tis the white stag, Fame, we're a-hunting, bid the world's hounds come to horn!

    58
  5. 6

    The ant's a centaur in his dragon world.

    59
  6. 5

    Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.

    64
  7. 4

    The only chance for victory over the brainwash is the right of every man to have his ideas judged one at a time. You never get clarity as long as you have these packaged words, as long as a word is used by twenty-five people in twenty-five different ways. That seems to me to be the first fight, if there is going to be any intellect left.

    64
  8. 3

    Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.

    70
  9. 2

    The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.

    81
  10. 1

    The Image is more than an idea. It is a vortex or cluster of fused ideas and is endowed with energy.

    84
  11. Last Update: 20 September 2021

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