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Quote of the day, Jan. 17

January 18, 2017

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“For us, the cave paintings re-create the hunter’s way of life as a glimpse of history; we look through them into the past. But for the hunter, I suggest, they were a peep-hole into the future; he looked ahead. In either direction, the cave paintings act as a kind of telescope tube of imagination: they direct the mind from what is seen to what can be inferred or conjectured. Indeed, this is so in the very action of painting; for all its superb observation, the flat picture only means something to the eye because the mind fills it out with roundness and movement, a reality by inference, which is not actually seen but imagined.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 14, 2016

Pythagoras, on man’s soul

“The soul¬†of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion.¬†Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.”