Title: The Art of Thinking Author: Ernest Dimnet * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: Language: English Date first posted. Ernest Dimnet (), French priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Notes from The Art of Thinking, by Ernest Dimnet. Genius has never been supposed to be a particularly good teacher of any art. Sir Walter Scott, when he.
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The stream runs fast and so deep between its brambly sides that it is impossible to see anything clearly in it. Had you been wandering, it would have been useless.
Early America was not young; it was quite mature. The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet. They pretend to live with the rest of us, and the rest of us imagine that we influence them so that their lives are only a reflection of our own.
But, as a matter of fact, they are as self-contained as cats and as continuously attentive to the magical charm of what they see inwardly. The gentleman with whom I just had such an enlightening conversation had his mind full of a multitude of images—inconsiderable reflections, as swift and also as broken and impossible to arrest as the wavelets in a stream—but he was conscious, or semiconscious of only a few.
The Romanticists were proud of this sensitiveness and tire us by too frequent allusions to it, but it exists all the same, even in apparently robust intellects. Sports are still, and often avowedly so, the essential part of the school life. This book has been republished many time because it is simply one of the best ones out there. Only read what gives you the greatest pleasure 6. I have not forgotten the verdict which, when I first visited the United States, ina famous American politician passed in my presence.
An experiment or two will make it clear that the criteria of estimation of a man’s thought are, first, the images on which it exercises itself; second, the likes and dislikes corresponding to these images, and lastly, the mental energy which enables us to combine intellectual data with more or less success. With closed eyes and a marvelous receptivity over his face, Potain listens.
Alienated rated it liked it Apr 01, Are we satisfied with merely speaking the exterior or interior cinema? Refresh and try again. The leaves of a certain category of favourites are uncut. Who worries if one’s neighbor is better than one’s self at weighing the planets?
What visions pass through our mind when it is at leisure, what scenes do we spontaneously imagine? Wilmer, since the last visit hardly te one instant from the subconscious. Yet, with some thinoing and some practice, it is not impossible to have, enrest least, a peep at one’s mind.
There may be occasional returns of it. The Scandinavian idea of compelling them to be trustees for the community, or of expecting tangible results from their presence agt the boards of the national administration, never occurs to the average Frenchman.
Examples in point could be adduced by the hundred. I would say to the reader, “Taste it, try it for yourself. Let me read Shakespeare.
On this high level, action not only can help thought, but it produces it with a continuity which raises it to the height of creativeness.
The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet
Is this a real intuition? Such periods testify to the existence, not of superhuman capacities in a few hundred individuals, but to that of a happy atmosphere helping the growth of the many. Attitudes ernrst created, standpoints are emphasized, slogans are circulated which place a uniform imprint ernwst people otherwise different Dissenting where there is so much that can be promoted only by union, would be worse than heretical and is practically impossible.
Average people react differently. Are not their lives all alike?
Again, listen to a speech or read a poem with a view to remembering it: Hence the mistake many parents make in refusing to admit that childhood is observant. When a traveller visits the United States for the first time he cannot help noticing a curious phenomenon. Then you understand why the more you read of dimnnet excellently manufactured stories the less claim they seem to have to be called literature.
The Art of Thinking
Only read the best. Degas had exactly that kind of eyes. High-minded men and women endowed with warm natures are almost invariably optimistic, even when they realize the fhe of the world, but how few they are! Obsessions or Inferiority Complexes How mental parasites are produced a Imitation and gregariousness b Education 6.
But the resistance of the unwieldy mass, so far, is too great.
If, the moment a book or a newspaper raises a question demanding some supplementary information or reflection, we yawn, fidget, or hurriedly do something else, we abhor thinking. More exceptionally, we see or hear a whole scroll of eight or ten words, as the gentleman did, and we are tempted to imagine we think in words, which would be superior to thinking in images. We feel sure that we are not infrequently conscious of conclusions, practical or speculative arrived at without the help of images.
The waves which sweep over communities in times of great excitement or great calamities blind and bewilder all ex-the most powerful. Our brain must be free sometimes from images, from likes or dislikes, from wants and repulsions.
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At last Potain reappears: So, these thoughts which are your own and not mine are exterior to this book. The real title ought to have been: Paul now develop superb bodies, a capacity for fending for themselves, a passion for camp-life and an independent spirit to which the instinct for cooperation adds rather than detracts. Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
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