“The human, the balanced human, believes that the mystery of birth, death, and life is master of science: that science is a means. The Liberal believes that science is the master of all; the human knows that it is simply a matter of time till the substance of life absorbs the means. Temporarily the means has gotten out of hand.” (1958)
“The breakdown here in America is not due to a negative evil like sin, but to avoidance alike of all negative and positive things like the virtues and vices in the hope that, by postponing both heaven and hell long enough, a Utopia of science may be discovered. It is thought that if the good can be held off long enough, comfort will triumph.”
—from the essay “Room (with Bath) at the Inn” (October 5, 1941)
“Expediency is the science of the relative
Sanctity and beauty, the art of the absolute.” (1955)
“Science is only concerned with the truth of present expediently.
“Art extends that truth back in time into permanent beauty materially.
“Religion projects that truth forward in time into eternal goodness spiritually.” (1961)
“The scientific mind is far too simple. There are too many facts in too mysterious a relationship for his simple mind (logical analytical as it is) to grasp. In theory he is right; in practice he can never get all the facts as long as he specializes exclusively in the nature of discursive reason. For knowledge (as distinct from wisdom and plastic form) of its very nature excludes all facts.” (1944)