1.The paradox of experiences
"Every experience is a paradox in that it means to be absolute, and yet is relative; in that it somehow always goes beyond itself and yet never escapes itself."
"Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood."
"Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm. But the harm does not interest them."
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
- Four Quartets
The beginning and the end
"What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from."
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
“Success is relative. It is what we make of the mess we have made of things.”
Experience and meaning
“We had the experience but missed the meaning. And approach to the meaning restores the experience in a different form.”
What we lost
“Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
“To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.”