“This is the source of the trouble. Persons tend to think and feel exclusively in one mode or the other and in doing so tend to misunderstand and underestimate what the other mode is all about. But no one is willing to give up the truth as he sees it, and as far as I know, no one now living has any real reconciliation of these truths or modes. There is no point at which these visions of reality are unified.”
“The world has no existence whatsoever outside the human imagination. It’s all a ghost, and in antiquity was so recognized as a ghost, the whole blessed world we live in. It’s run by ghosts. We see what we see because these ghosts show it to us, ghosts of Moses and Christ and the Buddha, and Plato, and Descartes, and Rousseau and Jefferson and Lincoln, on and on and on. Isaac Newton is a very good ghost. One of the best. Your common sense is nothing more than the voices of thousands and thousands of these ghosts from the past. Ghosts and more ghosts. Ghosts trying to find their place among the living.”
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all.”
I recently came across Books on the Underground (BOTU) and wanted to do a shout-out about it as I think it’s such a lovely idea.
Books on the Underground…
The concept is pretty much how it sounds: books which find their way to you on the underground. BOTU leave much-loved novels on the tube, you pick them up, read them and then leave them for the next person to enjoy.