Posts Tagged ‘Jacob Bronowski’

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.”

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Quote of the day, April 29

April 29, 2016

Jacob Bronowski, from The Ascent of Man

“In man, before the brain is an instrument for action, it has to be an instrument of preparation.”

Quote of the day, June 14

June 14, 2014

Jacob Bronowski, on creativity

“Every animal leaves traces of what he was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.”

Quote of the day, May 22

May 22, 2014

Jacob Bronowski, on science

“This is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 8

December 8, 2013

Jacob Bronowski, on innovators

“These are the moments when the powerful mind or the forceful character feels the ferment of the times, when his thoughts quicken, and when he can inject into the uncertainties of others the creative ideas which will strengthen them with purpose. (more…)

Quote of the day, March 22

March 21, 2012

Jacob Bronowski, on education

“It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 1

December 31, 2011

Jacob Bronowski, on dissent

“Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? (more…)

Quote of the day, Oct. 19

October 18, 2011

Jacob Bronowski, on dissent

“Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. (more…)