// banach's | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

The portions of the external universe of which we have additional knowledge by direct awareness amount to a very small fraction of the whole; of the rest we know only the structure and not what it is a structure of. Science is concerned with the rational correlation of experience rather than a discovery of fragments of absolute truth about an external world.

Untaught by long experience we stretch a hand to grasp the shadow, instead of accepting its shadowy nature.

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.

Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

— Andre Gide

Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers.

Perhaps, indeed, reality is a child which cannot survive without its nurse illusion.

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

Fear and stupidity has always been the basis of most human actions.

The meaning of things lies not in the things themselves, but in our attitude towards them.