Quotes: contemplation

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  • Albert Pike
    Albert Pike
    American attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason 1809-1891
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    Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read; and the
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous Huxley
    English writer 1894-1963
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    Faith may be relied upon to produce sustained action and, more rarely, sustained contemplation.
  • John Aubrey
    John Aubrey
    English antiquary, natural philosopher and writer 1626-1697
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    He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran Lebowitz
    American journalist 1951-
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    If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
  • Francis Bacon
    Francis Bacon
    English philosopher and statesman 1561-1626
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    In contemplation, if a man begins with certainties he shall end in doubts; but if he be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
  • William Blake
    William Blake
    English poet 1757-1827
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    Nature in darkness groans and men are bound to sullen contemplation in the night: restless they turn on beds of sorrow; in their inmost brain feeling the crushing wheels, they rise, they write the bitter words of stern philosophy and knead the bread of knowledge with tears and groans.
  • John Jay Chapman
    John Jay Chapman
    American author 1862-1933
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    Our goodness comes solely from thinking on goodness; our wickedness from thinking on wickedness. We too are the victims of our own contemplation.
  • Emile Durkheim
    Emile Durkheim
    French Sociologist 1858-1917
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    Sadness does not inhere in things; it does not reach us from the world and through mere contemplation of the world. It is a product of our own thought. We create it out of whole cloth.
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    German writer and poet 1749-1832
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    Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent. I therefore show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest, which you will know how to value, without overrating them.
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    Edgar Allan Poe
    American poet, writer and critic 1809-1845
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    That pleasure which is at once the most pure, the most elevating and the most intense, is derived, I maintain, from the contemplation of the beautiful.
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    Indian philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist 1872-1950
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    The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.
  • Simone Weil
    Simone Weil
    French philosopher 1909-1943
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    The mysteries of faith are degraded if they are made into an object of affirmation and negation, when in reality they should be an object of contemplation.
  • Jacob Bronowski
    Jacob Bronowski
    British Scientist, Author 1908-1974
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    The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
  • Charles Baudelaire
    Charles Baudelaire
    French poet 1821-1867
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    There exist certain individuals who are, by nature, given purely to contemplation and are utterly unsuited to action, and who, nevertheless, under a mysterious and unknown impulse, sometimes act with a speed which they themselves would have thought beyond them.
  • St. Thomas Aquinas
    St. Thomas Aquinas
    Italian Dominican friar and Catholic priest 1225-1274
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    Those who are more adapted to the active life can prepare themselves for contemplation in the practice of the active life, while those who are more adapted to the contemplative life can take upon themselves the works of the active life so as to become yet more apt for contemplation.
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