An idea is always a generalization, and generalization is a property of thinking. To generalize means to think.
Thinking no longer means anymore than checking at each moment whether one can indeed think.
I think if there’s a great depression there might be some hope.
Forgive me my nonsense, as I also forgive the nonsense of those that think they talk sense.
Above all, this country is our own. Nobody has to get up in the morning and worry what his neighbors think of him. Being a Jew is no problem here.
Life hands us a lot of hard choices, and other people can help us more than we might realize. We often think we should make important decisions using just our own internal resources. What are the pros and cons? What does my gut tell me? But often we have friends and family who know us in ways we don’t know ourselves.
I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way.
Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
I think it’s important for one to take a certain distance from oneself.
I don’t think the job of the antiracist is to convert the far-out heathen racist, or give them their ‘come to Jesus’ moment, as it’s called. They’ll either have those or they won’t, and usually, when they have them, it’s not because of something someone said per se; it’s because of some life crisis that makes them rethink.