Resting on your laurels is as dangerous as resting when you are walking in the snow. You doze off and die in your sleep.
When one is frightened of the truth then it is never the whole truth that one has an inkling of.
And, if we have any evidence that the wisdom which formed the plan is in the man, we have the very same evidence, that the power which executed it is in him also.
A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.
Logic takes care of itself; all we have to do is to look and see how it does it.
On a very personal level, I have fond memories of spending a lot of time in the Library of Congress working on my collection of poems ‘Native Guard.’ I was there over a summer doing research in the archives and then writing in the reading room at the Jefferson building.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
A philosophical problem has the form: I don’t know my way about.
I am interested in 18th century natural philosophy, science, particularly botany, the study of hybridity in plants and animals, which, of course, then allows me to consider the hybridity of language.
It is an hypothesis that the sun will rise tomorrow: and this means that we do not know whether it will rise.