Quotations on Thinking–Revisited





“The unexamined life is not worth living.”






“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 F. French

18 thoughts on “Quotations on Thinking–Revisited

  1. Charles, I´m sorry but the first quote is from Plato, “Apology of Socrates”. Plato put these words in Socrates´ mouth (book character).
    In “The Republic”, books II, III, and IV, Plato identifies political justice as harmony in a structured political body. An ideal society consists of three main classes of people—producers (craftsmen, farmers, artisans, etc.), auxiliaries (warriors), and guardians (rulers). Only the life of the rules is worth living (because they think/examine ). Producers, and warriors, just follow the rules and they are expendable.


  2. I’ve done a lot of reading. I was going to disagree with your quote off the top immediately when I read it, but then I starting thinking through it. I’ve read many books written for information or fiction or pleasure, with no political bent. But, perhaps the way those books worked on me, made me think, made me feel was the subversive part.


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