Idle Quotes (11 quotes)
He that knows the secrets of nature with Albertus Magnus, or the motions of the heavens with Galileo, or the cosmography of the moon with Hevelius, or the body of man with Galen, or the nature of diseases with Hippocrates, or the harmonies in melody with Orpheus, or of poesy with Homer, or of grammar with Lilly, or of whatever else with the greatest artist; he is nothing if he knows them merely for talk or idle speculation, or transient and external use. But he that knows them for value, and knows them his own, shall profit infinitely.
I would not be confident in everything I say about the argument: but one thing I would fight for to the end, both in word and in deed if I were ablethat if we believe we should try to find out what is not known, we should be better and braver and less idle than if we believed that what we do not know is impossible to find out and that we need not even try.
It is idle to dispute with old men. Their opinions, like their cranial sutures, are ossified.
Prayer is not an old womans idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
Science does not mean an idle resting upon a body of certain knowledge; it means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an end which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but which the intellect can never fully grasp.
Study the hindrances, acquaint yourself with the causes which have led up to the disease. Dont guess at them, but know them through and through if you can; and if you do not know them, know that you do not, and still inquire. Cannot is a word for the idle, the indifferent, the self-satisfied, but it is not admissible in science. I do not know is manly if it does not stop there, but to say I cannot is a judgment both entirely illogical, and in itself bad as favouring rest in ignorance.
The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it so as to become habits ready on all occasions.
The questions we ask are "What?" and "How?" What are the facts and how are they related? If sometimes, in a moment of absent-mindedness or idle diversion, we ask the question "Why?" the answer escapes us.
There is no doubt that human survival will continue to depend more and more on human intellect and technology. It is idle to argue whether this is good or bad. The point of no return was passed long ago, before anyone knew it was happening.
There is no power of law that can make the idle industrious, the thriftless provident, or the drunken sober.
Therefore it is by no means an idle game if we become practiced in analysing long-held commonplace concepts and showing the circumstances on which their justification and usefulness depend, and how they have grown up, individually, out of the givens of experience. Thus their excessive authority will be broken.