On Thinking

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein

“Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible; thought is merciless to privilege; thought is anarchic and lawless, indifferent to authority, careless of well-tried wisdom of the ages. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. It sees man, a feeble speck, surrounded by unfathomable depths of silence; yet it bears itself proudly, as unmoved as if it were lord of the universe. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man” (Russell, Bertrand. Why Men Fight 178-9).

“All good writing is inherently subversive.” Charles French

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33 thoughts on “On Thinking

  1. Dear Dr. French, I know you like horror films but I’m not an admirer of them. The Rocky Horror movie is coming back with the original actors. It’s nice to see the original actors working together again. Best regards, Barbara Pursner

    How are your classes this semester?

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  2. Hi Dr. French,

    So glad to find your blog. I’m a fan of yours as well as both thinking and writing.
    Thoughts create our lives and experiences. They inspire growth, connection, and are truly the basis of our free will.

    I post a brief positive thought each morning. Let me know what you think. You can find them on social media or here: https://mitchgoldfarbblog.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for your inspiration.

    Best,
    Prof. Mitch

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  3. All great quotes, the Russell Bertrand one in particular. His final sentence is very memorable. Your own quote is also thought-provoking. I can’t say I’ve ever really considered thought as being inherently subversive, so I’ll enjoy mulling the idea over now.

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  4. I’m glad I scrolled down as your quote is delicious!

    While it isn’t much of a ‘horror film’ have you reviewed Arsenic and Old Lace? I watched it recently for the first time and Raymond Massey made an excellent brother Jonathan.

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