Wisdom on Wednesdays—A man, not mankind

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Peter, oil on canvas, c. 1941, 24 x 20 in.

Wisdom and prophetic intuition
Abide with a man
Not mankind
A man can remember his origins
And a man can live in apprehension of his end
Not mankind
(1934)

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Wisdom on Wednesdays—The scientific mind

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Muses Marooned, 1934, oil on canvas 35 x 41¾ in

“Science alone is untrue because it aims exclusively at truth (divorced from the good and the beautiful).
“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)

Wisdom on Wednesdays—The wise man is never lonely

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Gertrude, pen and ink and crayon on brown paper, c. 1920

“A man may be said to be wise when he has grasped the essential absurdity of stoicism as a final mode of conduct; when, in other words, he can suffer and be happy alone (that is dependent on God, not man).  When, in other words, he is never lonely.  The man who is wise can die alone.”  (1932)