Title: The Art of Thinking Author: Ernest Dimnet * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: Language: English Date first posted. Ernest Dimnet (), French priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Notes from The Art of Thinking, by Ernest Dimnet. Genius has never been supposed to be a particularly good teacher of any art. Sir Walter Scott, when he.
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Why, that girl seems to speak like a native. In France, and practically in all the old countries, imitation and a certain amount of insincerity are recommended.
Surely, you say, what you have ernestt so far is not thought.
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Have Hhe not heard a little girl of nine interrupt a conversation of professors who were talking about nothing to ask the astounding question: Whatever we read we must first comprehend and when we have comprehended, criticize. Nov 08, Arezu Wishka rated it it was amazing.
That inevitably, people will reveal in their thoughts and speeches, in their outlook on life and in their lives themselves, the quality of the images filling their minds.
Angellier once asked a student which tragedies he preferred, Racine’s or Victor Hugo’s. What is called culture is in danger of being regarded, in such an environment, as a specialty and not as an indispensable requisite.
All they lack is words or oftener confidence; many of them are as loath to speak of their innermost loves as to change their accent.
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If there are those fortunate enough not to need any of the author’s counsels, I still urge them to read the book if only to make the acquaintance of an experienced and deeply wise personality. Many a Frenchman has never been able to recapture his first delicious impression of Paris, after reading the volumes of Marquis de Rochegude. It is sufficient that some purpose or desire, foreign to the thought or possibility of thought we are pursuing, should step in to arrest the process of effective thinking.
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Shortly after this he has the revelation of the abyss there is between att girls” and “le donne. The wittiest man I have ever known, a French aristocrat, used to produce drab letters over which he would plod for hours.
The writer is constantly beset with phantasms. Few students who have completely annexed a foreign language have escaped that rather ignominious phase; and they must admit that, as long as it lasted, their thoughts were not quite their own, but the reflection of some fancied Italian, French, or English type.
If these could be removed, things would change at once. Are we satisfied with merely speaking the exterior or interior cinema? The same that we experience in the presence of beauty: Early America was not young; it was quite mature.
Preference for ideas, especially general ideas allowing simplified visions, is a French trait, even when terrible consequences may be the result. Again, listen to a speech or read a poem with a view to remembering it: The real title ought to have been: It is needless to say that, given what the world is, most children are more unfortunate than lucky in their surroundings.
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The Club is insufficient and has to be supplemented by midday luncheons, meetings or gatherings of all kinds, changes of officers or initiations, a reception to this or a memorial ceremony to that, stag or hen parties, to say nothing of concerts or the theatre which are only pretences; and, when nothing better offers, your social American will make the most of a hotel lobby or of the “smoker” which I should be ungrateful to mock, for I owe partly to it my knowledge of the American man’s few faults and numerous qualities.
It seems at first sight illogical to brush aside self-love, prejudice, and the innumerable likes or dislikes which prevent us from seeing even facts as they are, or inferring from them their natural conclusions.
In both cases the capacity for right thinking is impaired and a lifetime may be necessary to correct the initial mistake. I love cats as much as you hate fools. You, yourself, did not erenst for all that, doing the work of your Self, infinitely more important to you than any theory. At intervals something like beatitude in his expression shows that this examination goes well: Sometimes we are aware of a succession of images driving, in fact, telescoping, one another toward a worded conclusion with extraordinary rapidity.
The Art of Thinking was on the best-seller lists in the US in the s, alongside Dale Carnegie ‘s self-help works, but it is mostly forgotten today. As everybody does it, and if I did know French nobody would believe that I did, it does not matter. Enter phantasms as bad as phantoms.