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Alfred R. Orage
(22 Jan 1873 - 6 Nov 1934)

English teacher, lecturer and writer who was editor of the enormously influential journal, New Age (1907-1922). He contributed many essays surveying the significant literary, psychological, political, and spiritual trends of the early 20th century.

Science Quotes by Alfred R. Orage (23 quotes)

Belief is a luxury—only those who have real knowledge have a right to believe; otherwise belief is merely plausible opinion.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 55.
Science quotes on:  |  Belief (578)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Luxury (21)  |  Mere (84)  |  Merely (316)  |  Opinion (281)  |  Otherwise (24)  |  Plausible (22)  |  Real (149)  |  Right (452)

Consciousness is an electrical phenomenon which arises from a state of being which we can feel.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 54.
Science quotes on:  |  Arise (158)  |  Being (1278)  |  Consciousness (123)  |  Electrical (57)  |  Feel (366)  |  Phenomenon (319)  |  State (491)

God is the psyche of the universe.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 54.
Science quotes on:  |  God (758)  |  Psyche (9)  |  Universe (861)

God is the “I” of the universe.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 52.
Science quotes on:  |  God (758)  |  Universe (861)

Nature is genius without common sense.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Common (436)  |  Common Sense (130)  |  Genius (285)  |  Nature (1928)  |  Sense (770)

Nature is the objective creditor of every living being.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Being (1278)  |  Living (491)  |  Living Being (3)  |  Nature (1928)  |  Objective (92)

Nature, from one aspect, is the wicked step-mother of the fairy tales, beguiling us and using us for her own purposes—the evolution of substances.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 56.
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Objective conscience is the function of a normal being; the representative of God in the essence. Buried so deeply that it remains relatively indestructible.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 52.
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Objective Science is that which has as its conscious purpose the investigating of the meaning and aim of existence.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Aim (165)  |  Conscious (45)  |  Existence (460)  |  Investigate (103)  |  Meaning (235)  |  Objective (92)  |  Purpose (317)  |  Science (3880)

Ordinary knowledge is awareness of external facts; ordinary belief, conviction on inadequate grounds.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
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Ordinary scientist: one who possesses an assortment of information not verified by personal experience, and which is often disproved by another “scientist”.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
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Pondering is answering questions from essence and answering them practically. One-third of one's time should be spent in pondering.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 50.
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Pondering is intellectual assimilation.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 50.
Science quotes on:  |  Assimilation (13)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Ponder (14)

Science is occupied with “how” not “why”.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
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Science sees everything mechanically, through part of the moving-instinctive centre. It has no answer to human needs in a crisis.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
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Scientists are engaged in anatomizing the corpse of the universe.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
Science quotes on:  |  Corpse (6)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Universe (861)

The emotional centre is the dynamo of our whole life.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 50.
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The reason of ordinary man is the reason of knowledge. The reason of normal man is the reason of understanding. Knowledge is temporary, can be changed. Understanding is permanent—unchangeable.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 52.
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Time is a perpetual perishing.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 55.
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To discover not more and more things but the truth or real relation of things is what distinguishes men from the animals.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 57.
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To know ourselves is to know the universe.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 58.
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True artists are the antennae of nature.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 59.
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Unless we can “remember” ourselves, we are completely mechanical. Self-observation is possible only through self-remembering. These are the first steps in self-consciousness.
— Alfred R. Orage
In On Love & Psychological Exercises: With Some Aphorisms & Other Essays (1998), 54.
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