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Hence it happens that one takes words for concepts,
by Johann G. Hamann

Hence it happens that one takes words for concepts,
and concepts for the things themselves.
- Johann G. Hamann

Physics is nothing but the ABC's.
Nature is an equation with an unknown,
a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants
to which reason has to add the dots.
- Johann G. Hamann

Our reason arises, at the very least,
from this twofold lesson of sensuous revelations and human testimonies.
- Johann G. Hamann

Everything is vain and tortures the spirit instead
of calming and satisfying it.
- Johann G. Hamann

 

All human wisdom works and has worries and grief as reward.
- Johann G. Hamann

Everything the human being heard from the beginning,
saw with its eyes, looked upon and touched with its hands was a living word;
for God was the word.
- Johann G. Hamann

Thus the public use of reason and freedom is nothing but a dessert,
a sumptuous dessert.
- Johann G. Hamann

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The farther reason looks the greater is the haze in which it loses itself.
- Johann G. Hamann

Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.
- Johann G. Hamann

A writer who is in a hurry to be understood today or
tomorrow runs the danger of being misunderstood the day after tomorrow.
- Johann G. Hamann

Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical
sense) or whatever you want to call it.
- Johann G. Hamann

If only I was as eloquent as Demosthenes,
I would have to do no more than repeat a single word three times.
- Johann G. Hamann

The thirst for vengeance was the beautiful nature which Homer imitated.
- Johann G. Hamann

What good to me is the festive garment of freedom when
I am in a slave's smock at home?
- Johann G. Hamann

The weakness of ourselves and of our reason makes us
see flaws in beauties by making us consider everything piece by piece.
- Johann G. Hamann

Not only the entire ability to think rests on language...
but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
- Johann G. Hamann

Indeed, if a chief question does remain:
how is the power to think possible? -
The power to think right and left,
before and without, with and above experience? then
it does not take a deduction to prove the genealogical priority of language.
- Johann G. Hamann

Being, belief and reason are pure relations,
which cannot be dealt with absolutely,
and are not things but pure scholastic concepts,
signs for understanding, not for worshipping,
aids to awaken our attention, not to fetter it.
- Johann G. Hamann

Every phenomenon of nature was a word,
- the sign, symbol and pledge of a new,
mysterious, inexpressible but all the more intimate union,
participation and community of divine energies and ideas.
- Johann G. Hamann

If the mind wants to comprehend reality,
it will have to come out of the past and the future.
But coming out of the past and the future,
it is no longer the mind at all.
Hence the insistence of all the great masters of the world
that the door to reality is no-mind.
- Osho

The very essence of the creative is its novelty,
and hence we have no standard by which to judge it.
- Carl Rogers

Could I have but a line a century hence crediting a
contribution to the advance of peace,
I would yield every honor which has been accorded by war.
- Douglas MacArthur

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.
- Aldous Huxley

The genius of the Spanish people is exquisitely subtle,
without being at all acute; hence there is so much
humour and so little wit in their literature.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Hence we did not foster competition in our school,
on the contrary.
- Dora Russell

Death is the mother of Beauty; hence from her,
alone, shall come fulfillment to our dreams and our desires.
- Wallace Stevens

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history,
since its statements are rather of the nature of universals,
whereas those of history are singulars.
- Aristotle

There is no end of craving.
Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness.
Therefore, acquire contentment.
- Sivananda

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed
(and hence clamorous to be led to safety)
by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins,
all of them imaginary.
- H. L. Mencken

I don't know who's 18 years old today that,
20 years hence, is going to be a jazz fan.
- Norman Granz

Hence a ship is said to head the sea,
when her course is opposed to the setting or direction of the surges.
- William Falconer

There are only two things.
Truth and lies.
Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself;
anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.
- Franz Kafka

We citizens don't need to know every detail of every
military operation in this new kind of war.
Nor should the media tell us and hence our enemy.
- David Hackworth

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame,
hence guilt, in its recipient.
- Roland Barthes

Sometime in the future - 25, 50, 75 years hence -
what will the situation be like then? By that time
the Chinese will have the capability of delivery too.
- Curtis Lemay

Hence no force, however great, can stretch a cord,
however fine, into a horizontal line which is accurately straight:
there will always be a bending downwards.
- William Whewell

All things are perceived in the light of charity,
and hence under the aspect of beauty;
for beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.
- Evelyn Underhill

The indestructible is one: it is each individual human being and,
at the same time, it is common to all,
hence the incomparably indivisible union that exists between human beings.
- Franz Kafka

Hence the spiritual weariness of the conscientious mother -
you're always finding out just one more vital tidbit.
- Sonia Taitz

Total falsehoods can be easily exposed for what they
are by citing exceptions to their claims.
Hence, they are less likely to be accepted as the total truth.
- Samuel P. Huntington

If people would dare to speak to one another unreservedly,
there would be a good deal less sorrow in the world a hundred years hence.
- Samuel Butler

That religious earnestness forever tends toward fright
and hence towards brittleness and inquisition is clear
enough in mythology and history.
- Thomas Howard

Japan and China are isolated and without intercourse with other countries;
hence the President directed me to attend to or watch
the state of affairs in China also.
- Townsend Harris

All around us are the consequences of the most significant technological,
and hence cultural, revolution in generations.
- Lawrence Lessig

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly,
science into superstition, and art into pedantry.
Hence University education.
- George Bernard Shaw

Pessimism only describes an attitude,
and not facts, and hence is entirely subjective.
- Francis Parker Yockey

Hence it is that the shape of something is especially meaningful.
- James J. Gibson

Hence that general is skilful in attack whose opponent
does not know what to defend;
and he is skilful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack.
- Sun Tzu

Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual
world there were no parents,
only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others,
cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world.
- Mary Garden

Today's acorns grow into the oak trees of thirty years hence.
But what acorns are we sowing today?
Imagine what an acorn-sized bit of prejudice or hatred would grow into.
Imagine what an acorn-sized bit of pollution can become.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Conflicting commercial regulations of the different
States shackled and diminished both foreign and domestic trade;
hence the power to regulate commerce was conferred.
- Robert Toombs

Science is analytical, descriptive, informative.
Man does not live by bread alone, but by science he attempts to do so.
Hence the deadliness of all that is purely scientific.
- Eric Gill

Capitalism knows only one color: that color is green;
all else is necessarily subservient to it,
hence, race, gender and ethnicity cannot be considered within it.
- Thomas Sowell

Hence the end of the world should be awaited with all
longing by all believers.
- William Ames

Destruction, hence, like creation, is one of Nature's mandates.
- Marquis de Sade

These are the soul's changes.
I don't believe in ageing.
I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun.
Hence my optimism.
- Virginia Woolf

Humanitarian missions are little different from any other public enterprise,
diplomacy included, which is susceptible of misinterpretation by the public,
hence ultimately of failure.
- Alvin Adams

And hence he must be invisible; for a spirit cannot
be seen by the eye of man:
nor is there any thing in this principle contradictory to reason or experience.
- Adam Clarke

When a man is in doubt about this or that in his writing,
it will often guide him if he asks himself how it will
tell a hundred years hence.
- Samuel Butler

Love must precede hatred, and nothing is hated save
through being contrary to a suitable thing which is loved.
And hence it is that every hatred is caused by love.
- Thomas Aquinas

Hence, within the space of two generations there has
been a complete revolution in the attitude of the trades-unions
toward the women working in their trades.
- Florence Kelley

There is no reality of consciousness independent of
the effects of various vehicles of content on subsequent action (and hence,
of course, on memory).
- Daniel Clement Dennett

The repudiation of the primacy of understanding means
the repudiation of the norms of judgment as well,
and hence the abandonment of all ethical standards.
- Johan Huizinga

Hence the same instant which killed the animals froze
the country where they lived.
This event was sudden, instantaneous,
without any gradual development.
- George Cuvier

I suppose subconsciously I was thinking in terms of
having the scale of it matching the scale of the images.
Hence the sort of string quartet, jazz band and electronic stuff.
- Jonny Greenwood

Equally, we require a collective past -
hence the endless reinterpretations of history,
frequently to suit the perceptions of the present.
- Penelope Lively

My field is with apex predators, hence your crocodiles,
your snakes, your spiders.
- Steve Irwin

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence,
in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there
cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
- Saint Augustine

America's future will be determined by the home and the school.
The child becomes largely what he is taught;
hence we must watch what we teach,
and how we live.
- Jane Addams

I confess I enjoy democracy immensely.
It is incomparably idiotic, and hence incomparably amusing.
- H. L. Mencken

An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish.
Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
- Eric Hoffer


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