Stupendous Quotes (5 quotes)
Psychoanalytic theory is the most stupendous intellectual confidence trick of the twentieth century and a terminal product as wellsomething akin to a dinosaur or zeppelin in the history of ideas, a vast structure of radically unsound design and with no posterity.
The universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakesevery form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man.
True Agnosticism will not forget that existence, motion, and law-abiding operation in nature are more stupendous miracles than any recounted by the mythologies, and that there may be things, not only in the heavens and earth, but beyond the intelligible universe, which are not dreamt of in our philosophy. The theological gnosis would have us believe that the world is a conjurers house; the anti-theological gnosis talks as if it were a dirt-pie, made by the two blind children, Law and Force. Agnosticism simply says that we know nothing of what may be behind phenomena.
We are apt to consider that invention is the result of spontaneous action of some heavenborn genius, whose advent we must patiently wait for, but cannot artificially produce. It is unquestionable, however, that education, legal enactments, and general social conditions have a stupendous influence on the development of the originative faculty present in a nation and determine whether it shall be a fountain of new ideas or become simply a purchaser from others of ready-made inventions.
Who shall declare the time allotted to the human race, when the generations of the most insignificant insect also existed for unnumbered ages? Yet man is also to vanish in the ever-changing course of events. The earth is to be burnt up, and the elements are to melt with fervent heat—to be again reduced to chaos—possibly to be renovated and adorned for other races of beings. These stupendous changes may be but cycles in those great laws of the universe, where all is variable but the laws themselves and He who has ordained them.