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Albert Camus – An intellectual? Yes.

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Albert CamusAn intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.

Albert Camus   (1913-1960)

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David Hume – Distinguishing men of delicate taste

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David HumeThough men of delicate taste be rare, they are easily to be distinguished in society by the soundness of their understanding, and the superiority of their faculties above the rest of mankind.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Charles Darwin – Man with all his noble qualities

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Charles DarwinMan with all his noble qualities . . . with his god-like intellect which has penetrated into the movements and constitution of the solar system. . . still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.

Charles Darwin   (1809-1882)

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Friedrich Nietzsche – Young people love what is interesting and odd

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Friedrich NietzscheYoung people love what is interesting and odd, no matter how true or false it is. More mature minds love what is interesting and odd about truth. Fully mature intellects, finally, love truth, even when it appears plain and simple, boring to the ordinary person; for they have noticed that truth tends to reveal its highest wisdom in the guise of simplicity.

Friedrich Nietzsche   (Oct 15, 1844-Aug 25, 1900)

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John Keats – Strengthing one’s intellect

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John KeatsThe only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing — to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.

John Keats   (1795-1821)

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Carl Jung – We should not pretend to understand the world only by intellect

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Carl JungWe should not pretend to understand the world only by the intellect; we apprehend it just as much by feeling. Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is, at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest, also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.

Carl Jung   (1875-1961)

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Carl Jung – The creation of something new

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Carl JungThe creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.

Carl Jung   (1875-1961)

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