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A single word can put you on the right track, a second disturbs you, and at the third you panic. With the fourth, utter confusion reigns. The logos once meant action as well; it has become paralysis. What's a word? Whatever is not lived with ardent intensity .... If people talk so much about language it's because they're obsessed with what they lack .... Words no longer demonstrate, they chatter .... They stop silence from speaking.

EUGENE IONESCO, FRAGMENTS OF A JOURNAL

The road to wisdom?

-- Well, it's plain and simple to express:

Err

and err

and err again

but less

and less

and less.

PIET HEIN

You cannot create experience, you must undergo it.

ALBERT CAMUS

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE

Definition: Logic, n. The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human misunderstanding.

AMBROSE BIERCE

All systems of belief, as Kenneth Burke pointed out, are at their core strategies created to encompass very specific historical situations. …

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