Posts Tagged ‘quote’

Longfellow

by wil — May 6, 2012

If we could read the secret history of our enemies,
we should find in each [person’s] life sorrow
and suffering enough to disarm any hostility.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My favorite 19th-century thinker

by wil — Dec 2, 2010

The human race as a whole largely agrees as to what it shall notice and name, and what not. And among the noticed parts we select in much the same way for accentuation and preference or subordination and dislike. There is, however, one entirely extraordinary case in which no two men ever are known to choose alike. One great splitting of the whole universe into two halves is made by each of us: and for each of us almost all of the interest attaches to one of the halves; but we all draw the line of division between them in a different place. When I say that we all call the two halves by the same names, and that those names are ‘me’ and ‘not-me’ respectively, it will at once be seen what I mean.William James, Principles of Psychology