IMMORAL, adj. Inexpedient. Whatever in the long run and with regard to the greater number of instances men find to be generally inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral. If man\'s notions of right and wrong have any other basis than this of expediency; if they originated, or could have originated, in any other way; if actions have in themselves a moral character apart from, and nowise dependent on, their consequences --then all philosophy is a lie and reason a disorder of the mind.
Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind, Books are humanity in print.
Instinct is the nose of the mind.
Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
For whereas the mind works in possibilities,
the intuitions work in actualities,
and what you intuitively desire, that is possible to you.
Whereas what you mentally or "consciously" desire
is nine times out of ten impossible;
hitch your wagon to a star,
or you will just stay where you are.
Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.
Clogged with yesterday\'s excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
The whole fauna of human fantasies, their marine vegetation, drifts and luxuriates in the dimly lit zones of human activity, as though plaiting thick tresses of darkness. Here, too, appear the lighthouses of the mind, with their outward resemblance to less pure symbols. The gateway to mystery swings open at the touch of human weakness and we have entered the realms of darkness. One false step, one slurred syllable together reveal a man's thoughts.
Nothing so comforts the military mind as the maxim of a great but dead general.
He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The man who preserves his selfhood is ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence ... What are the fruits of silence? They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character.
The earth and myself are of one mind.
If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.
For when men labor they keep out of mischief. You remember the old proverb--An idle mind is the Devils workshop.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind dont matter, and those who matter dont mind.
I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
I was a few miles south of Louisville when I planned my journey. I spread out my map under a tree and made up my mind to go through Kentucky, Tennessee, and Georgia to Florida, thence to Cuba, thence to some part of South America; but it will be only a hasty walk. I am thankful, however, for so much.
The earth was made so various, that the mind Of desultory man, studious of change, And pleased with novelty, might be indulged.
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
He has a brilliant mind until it is made up.
To be a surrealist means barring from your mind all remembrance of what you have seen, and being always on the lookout for what has never been.
The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them.
I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.
Young people on a lark might keep in mind that all birds, except cuckoos, build their nests before hatching their eggs.