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The most merciful thing in the world... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
H. P. Lovecraft
The Christian's Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.
The 'Robben Island Bible' has arrived at the British Museum. It's a garish thing, its cover plastered with pink and gold Hindu images, designed to hide its contents. Within is the finest collection of words generated by human intelligence: the complete works of William Shakespeare.
Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.
One person who has mastered life is better than a thousand persons who have mastered only the contents of books, but no one can get anything out of life without God.
Man's task is to become conscious of the contents that press upward from the unconscious.
The distinguishing characteristics of mind are of a subjective sort; we know them only from the contents of our own consciousness.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Discretion is nothing other than the sense of justice with respect to the sphere of the intimate contents of life.
The world is moving, and a company that contents itself with present accomplishments soon falls behind.
It is much simpler to buy books than to read them and easier to read them than to absorb their contents.
Remember above all that mental stability comes by examining the contents of the mind, not by avoidence.
No man understands a deep book until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
The painter... does not fit the paints to the world. He most certainly does not fit the world to himself. He fits himself to the paint. The self is the servant who bears the paintbox and its inherited contents.
Though I have never thought of myself as a book collector, there are shelves in our house browsed so often, on so many rainy winter nights, that the contents have seeped into me as if by osmosis.
I have examined the stomach contents of seven aardvarks.
We put suffocation warnings on all the - on every piece of plastic film manufactured in the United States or for sale with an item in the United States. We put warnings on coffee cups to tell us that the contents may be hot. And we seem to think that any item sharper than a golf ball is too sharp for children under the age of 10.
Sometimes you buy a book, powerfully drawn to it, but then it just sits on the shelf. Maybe you flick through it, the ghost of your original purpose at your elbow, but it's not so much rereading as re-dusting. Then one day you pick it up, take notice of the contents; your inner life realigns.
A superstition which pretends to be scientific creates a much greater confusion of thought than one which contents itself with simple popular practices.
It is not entirely true that a TV producer or reporter has complete control over the contents of programs. The interests and inclinations of the audience have as much to do with the what is on television as do the ideas of the producer and reporter.
A reader ought to be able to hold it and become familiar with its organized contents and make it a mind's manageable companion.
Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
It would certainly be interesting to know what the CIA knew about Oswald six weeks before the assassination, but the contents of this particular message never reached the Warren Commission and remain a complete mystery.
A national security letter cannot be used to authorize eavesdropping or to read the contents of e-mail. But it does permit investigators to trace revealing paths through the private affairs of a modern digital citizen.
If philosophy is practice, a demand to know the manner in which its history is to be studied is entailed: a theoretical attitude toward it becomes real only in the living appropriation of its contents from the texts.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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