A Bringer of New Things

Each day brings new discoveries as I live, learn, grow, and write. "Every hour is saved from that eternal silence, something more, a bringer of new things." – Tennyson

Quotes: Mind/Ideas

“One’s ideas must be as broad as Nature if they are to interpret Nature.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it—there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“Most men have bound their eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

“In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”

“There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.”
Lord Acton

“How quick come the reasons for approving what we like!”
Jane Austen, Persuasion

“The crow doth sing as sweetly as the lark, When neither is attended; and I think The nightingale, if she should sing by day, When every goose is cackling, would be thought No better a musician than the wren. How many things by season season’d are To their right praise and true perfection!”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice V.i

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