Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 444


All Thoughts are Toys









We shed as we pick up, like travellers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language. Ancient cures for diseases will reveal themselves once more. Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again. You do not suppose, my lady, that if all of Archimedes had been hiding in the great library of Alexandria, we would be at a loss for a corkscrew?
Tom Stoppard, Arcadia






Saturday, August 3, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 443


Geniuses and Jesters





This, I believe, is the appropriate image of human intercourse -- appropriate because it recognizes the qualities, the diversities, and the proper relationships of human utterances. As civilized human beings, we are the inheritors, neither of an inquiry about ourselves and the world, nor of an accumulating body of information, but of a conversation, begun in the primeval forests and extended and made more articulate in the course of centuries. It is a conversation which goes on both in public and within each of ourselves.
Michael Joseph Oakeshott,
Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays











Saturday, July 27, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 442


Colloquy A La Carte




Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole.
Derek Walcott












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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 441


Oh, Yeah?






Conversation is a dynamic interplay between each person’s choice to speak or listen. When those choices are conscious and respectful, conversations tend to be more productive and enjoyable.
Oren Jay Sofer,
When to Speak and When to Listen