Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
Einstein, quoted by Graham Farmelo, Guardian Review, 6 Sep 2003, 13.
Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
Yeats, W B, quoted by John Carey (book review), Sunday Times, 4 April 1993, Books 3.
Kabir saith: It is the spirit of the quest that helpeth. I am the slave of the spirit of the quest.
Kabir, One Hundred Poems of Kabir (trans. Tagore, MacMillan, 1914).
Finding is the first Act
The second, loss,
Third, Expedition for the ‘Golden Fleece’//
Fourth, no Discovery –
Fifth, no Crew –
Finally, no Golden Fleece –
Jason, sham, too –
Where am I? What does it mean to say: the world?… Who tricked me into this whole thing and leaves me standing here?… Why was I not asked about it, why was I not informed of the rules and regulations but just thrust into the ranks as if I had been bought from a peddling shanghaier of human beings? How did I get involved in this big enterprise called actuality? … Is there no manager? To whom shall I make my complaint?
Kierkegaard, from Fear and Trembling, quoted Guardian Review, August 28, 2004 (from Internet).
In each one of us there are two ruling and impelling principles whose guidance we follow, a desire for pleasure, which is innate, and an acquired conviction which causes us to aim at excellence. … [The latter] is rational, and the power by which it masters us we call self-control; [the former] is irrational, and when it gets the upper hand in us, its dominion is called excess.
Plato, Phaedrus, Socrates’ 1st speech, Walter Hamilton translation (Penguin Classics).