Science means simply the aggregate of all the recipes that are always successful. All the rest is literature.
The physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely prescribing medicine. As they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine. They are the poorest class of physicians.
I realized that conventional views of Christian faith that I’d heard when I was growing up were simply made up – and I realized that many parts of the story of the early Christian movement had been left out.
Suspicionless surveillance does not become okay simply because it’s only victimizing 95% of the world instead of 100%.
I think the idea of the social construction of beauty – this idea that beauty is simply whatever culture or society says it is – is on the run. Of course, beauty does arise in a cultural context. No one ever denies that. But there’s also a natural response people have to it.
There are some people who want to throw their arms round you simply because it is Christmas; there are other people who want to strangle you simply because it is Christmas.
To be conscious means not simply to be, but to be reported, known, to have awareness of one’s being added to that being.
For me, the Immaculate Conception is the feast of ‘passive action,’ the action that functions simply by the transmission through us of divine energy. Purity, in spite of outward appearances, is essentially an active virtue, because it concentrates God in us and on those who are subject to our influence.
No rules exist, and examples are simply life-savers answering the appeals of rules making vain attempts to exist.
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.