Reading well, which means reading actively, is not only a good in itself, nor it is merely a means to advancement in our work or career. It also serves to keep our minds alive and growing.
Partly because many newspapers and television newscasts have largely given up their news function in favour of entertainment, and partly because the sensational, two-valued utterances of extreme partisans make livelier stories than the testimony of extensionally minded experts, news accounts in some communities are scanty sources of information on important public issues.
—— Language in Thought and Action
It’s one thing to study war and another to live the warrior’s life.
– Telamon of Arcadia
One trait that differentiated [Gates and Allen] was focus. Allen’s mind would flit between many ideas and passions, but Gates was a serial obsessor.
– Walter Isaacson
How we spend the brutally limited resource of our attention will determine [our] lives to a degree most of us may prefer not to think about.
— The Attention Merchants
Political language […] is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. One cannot change this all in a moment, but one can at least change one’s own habits.
– Politics and the English Language
Perhaps this book will be understood only by someone who has himself already had the thoughts that are expressed in it– or at least similar thoughts.– So it is not a textbook.– Its purpose would be achieved if it gave pleasure to one person who read and understood it.
To me, a true creative spirit means to fight the good fight, always rejecting Con… and creating Icon.
Law is first and foremost about clear concepts. Trial comes from disagreement and ambiguities.
– Trial and Death of Socrates
If language is to serve as an effective means of communication, then the private systems of knowledge in speakers’ mind must closely correspond with the public system of linguistic conventions. And it is because of this correspondence that the public conventions of language can mirror what goes in the most fascinating and most elusive object in the entire universe, our mind.
– Through the Language Glass