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Truth can make no pact with ‘prevailing customs.’ It finds no guiding thread in them
It is pedants of every kind, educators re-educators, propagandists for all kinds of beliefs, theologians and politicians who finally constitute the oppressive forces against which an artist must struggle…. Freedom of imagination is not flight into the unreal, it is not escape, it is daring and invention. And invention is not evasive, nor is it an abdication. The paths of imagination are without number and the inventive powers are boundless.
There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.
A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence skepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone.
I went to arts camp, too, and all it does is fill your coconut with banana-cream dreams that can never come true.
If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interests to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay at home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there is no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.
[W]hen a bus has only a few empty seats, the crowd trying to get on will push and shove; if there are many empty seats the crowd will be courteous and considerate… [I]n a world of opportunities for all there would be a change in human behavior for the good.
Conflict is the essential core of a free and open society. If one were to project the democratic way of life in the form of a musical score, its major theme would be the harmony of dissonance.
Total wisdom requires the attitudes of both the sage and the scientist, integrated on the high ground of man’s meta-technical being and destination. Pure rationalism degrades wisdom to the level of bloodless abstractions, and technocratic thinking reduces man to a machine. On the other hand, science in all its forms and applications is now creating values that transcend the mechanical aspects of life. A social philosophy suitable for our times must be supplemented by scientific knowledge of the living experience and by awareness of human aspirations.
Je connais bien ma paresse. Je pourrais écrire un traité sur elle, si ce n’était un si long travail.
(I know my laziness well. I could write a treatise on it, if it weren’t such a long work.)
Jules Renard, journal, 21 juillet 1902