Quotes from the category Intellect:
- Education is the instruction of the intellect in the laws of Nature. permalink
- My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects. permalink
quoted in Reader's Digest (July 1935)
- Not only are there meaningless questions, but many of the problems with which the human intellect has tortured itself turn out to be only 'pseudo problems,' because they can be formulated only in terms of questions which are meaningless. Many of the traditional problems of philosophy, of religion, or of ethics, are of this character. Consider, for example, the problem of the freedom of the will. You maintain that you are free to take either the right- or the left-hand fork in the road. I defy you to set up a single objective criterion by which you can prove after you have made the turn that you might have made the other. The problem has no meaning in the sphere of objective activity; it only relates to my personal subjective feelings while making the decision. permalink
The Nature of Physical Theory (1936)
- Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain. permalink
- There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, predict; their best illuminations come from above through the skylight. permalink
The Poet at the Breakfast Table (1872)
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