The pursuit of beauty is much more dangerous nonsense than the pursuit of truth or goodness, because it affords a stronger temptation to the ego.
Frye, Northrop quotes
- E. F. Schumacher – materialism “Insights of wisdom … enable us to see the hollowness and fundamental unsatisfactoriness of a life devoted primarily to the pursuit of material ends, to the neglect of the spiritual. Such a life necessarily sets man against man and nation against nation, because man’s needs are infinite and infinitude can be achieved only in the spiritual realm, never in the material.” ~E. F. Schumacher
- Lewis Mumford – sound of beauty "A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth or perfection is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life." ~Lewis Mumford (1895-1990)
- "This was a dangerous, uncontrolled reaction… "This was a dangerous, uncontrolled reaction because the magnesium particles were spilling out of the dumpster and releasing gas. If our inspectors hadn't intervened, this dangerous conduct could well have led to a serious fire or explosion." - Steve Owens
- "If you’re a preacher, you talk for a… "If you're a preacher, you talk for a living, so even if you don't make sense, you learn to make nonsense eloquently." - Andrew Young