Books by A.O. Kime
"Metaphysical realities in America's politically-challenged democracy"
"A sagacious accounting of the Stone Age and the beginnings of civilization"
U.S. colleges and trade schools
Odd combination of directories you think? See 'faces'
A.O. Kime Articles:
Shoofly Village ruins
Stone Age history
Stone Age timelines
Stone Age tools
Dynamics of now
Evil (nature of)
Gift of life
Light (nature of)
Time (nature of)
Curse of science
Int'l Criminal Court
Rule of law
Poignancy can often characterize a famous saying and one of the most poignant came from the ancient Egyptians. Above the entrance to an ancient Egyptian library was written (in hieroglyphs) ...'medicine for the soul'.
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"The real advantage which truth has, consists of this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favorable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it." --- John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
"If there be on earth a people who think less of justice and liberty than the laborer does of his harvest, or the workman of his daily bread, or the merchant of his wealth, or the mariner of his repose, or the soldier of his glory: - build around that people a high wall, that their breath may not infect the rest of the world." --- Robert Félicité De Lamennais (1782-1854)
"—but a mere aristocracy of wealth will never struggle while it can hope to bribe a tyrant." --- Henry George (1839-1897)
"Free poetry, however, may entirely leave the ground of reality and make use of myth in order to lend words to the unutterable." --- Friedrich Albert Lange (1828-1875)
"The nature of philosophy condemns its followers to wander forever in the same labyrinth, and in this circumscribed space many will necessarily fall into the track of their predecessors. In other words, coincidences of doctrine at epochs widely distant from each other are inevitable." --- George Henry Lewes (1817-1878)
"Until philosophers are kings, or the kings and princes of this world have the spirit and power of philosophy, and political greatness and wisdom meet in one, and those commoner natures who pursue either to the exclusion of the other are compelled to stand aside, cities will never have rest from their evils." --- Plato (427-347 BC)
"The evil that we do does not attract to us so much persecution and hatred as our good qualities." --- Francois VI Duc De La Rochefoucauld (Prince De Marsillac) (1613-1680)
"With what simplicity I should have demonstrated that man is by nature good, and that only our institutions have made him bad!" --- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
"Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
"It is as impossible to translate poetry as it is to translate music." --- Voltaire (1694-1778)
“Many, very many, all too many ways lead to Rome. Idleness leads there; for Rome saves the trouble of independent thought. Dissoluteness leads there, for it impairs moral vigor. Conservatism, foolish conservatism, leads there, in the hope that the conservatism of the oldest abuse will be a shield for all abuses. Sensualism leads there, for it delights in parade and magnificent forms. Materialism leads there, for the superstitious can adore an image and think to become purified by bodily torments, hair shirts, and fastings, turning all religion into acts of the physical organs.” Walter Hickling Prescott (1796-1859)
"There must be something prior to all, simple, and different from the things which are posterior to it, self-existent, unmingled with the things which come from it, and yet able in another way to be present with the others, being really one, not something else first then secondarily one, of which it is false even that it is one; but of the One no description nor scientific knowledge is possible. Indeed it must be said to be beyond 'being'; for if it were not simple, without any composition and synthesis, and really one, it would not be a first principal. And it is wholly self-sufficient by virtue of its being simple and prior to all things. What is not first needs that which is prior to all things. What is not simple demands those simple elements which are within it, that it may be composed of them. Such a One must be unique, for if there were another such both together would constitute a larger unit. For we hold that they are not two bodies nor is the Primary One a body. For no body is simple, and a body is subject to generation; it is not an ultimate principal. The ultimate principle is unoriginated, and being incorporeal and really one it is able to stand first." --– Plotinus (205-270)
(From the book Unforgiven by Charles Walters, Jr., 1971): "It was not by accident that the first economists looked to nature--and physical reality--in developing their line of thought. 'All new wealth comes from the soil' became a maxim both before and after Richard Cantillon published his 'Essai sur la Nature du Commerce en Général'. During the years that followed, the physical basis for economics rated recognition. Adam Smith could tell his peers that a nation had to devote its resources to agriculture first, manufacture second, trade third, but by the time David Richardo and the other classical economists arrived, legalities of title and institutions of property wrote the scenario, and the question of whether there were physical laws that might pertain to economics survived only in the abstractions of J.B. Say and the rhetoric of seers who were more quoted than believed." --- Charles Walters, Jr. (?-?)
"Few are aware how the great literature penetrates all, gives hue to all, shapes aggregates and individuals, and, after subtle ways, with irresistible power, constructs, sustains, demolishes at will. Why tower, in reminiscence, above all the nations on the earth, two special lands, petty in themselves, yet inexpressibly gigantic, beautiful, columnar? Immortal Judah lives, and Greece immortal lives, in a couple of poems." --- Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
"Metaphysics has been the battlefield of endless conflicts. Dogmatism at first held despotic sway; but ... from time to time skepticism destroyed all settled order of society;... and now a widespread indifferentism prevails. Never has metaphysics been so fortunate as to strike into the sure path of science, but has kept groping about, and groping, too, among mere ideas. What can be the reason of this failure? Is a science of metaphysics impossible? Then, why should nature disquiet us with a restless longing after it, as if it were one of our most important concerns? Nay more, how can we put any faith in human reason, if in one of the very things that we most desire to know, it not merely forsakes us, but lures us on by false hopes only to cheat us in the end? Or are there any indications that the true path has hitherto been missed, and that by starting afresh we may yet succeed where others have failed?" --- Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
"It is curious to me that while so many voices, pens, minds, in the press, lecture rooms, in our Congress, etc., are discussing intellectual topics, pecuniary dangers, legislative problems, the suffrage, tariff and labor questions, and the various business and benevolent needs of America, with propositions, remedies, often worth deep attention, there is one need, a hiatus the profoundest, that no eye seems to perceive, no voice to state. Our fundamental want today in the United States, with closest, amplest reference to present conditions, and to the future, is of a class, and the clear idea of a class, of native authors, literatures, far different, far higher in grade, than any yet known, sacerdotal, modern, fit to cope with our occasions, lands, permeating the whole mass of American mentality, taste, belief, breathing into it a new breath of life, giving it decision, affecting politics far more than the popular superficial suffrage, with results inside and underneath the elections of Presidents or Congresses-- radiating, begetting appropriate teachers, schools, manners, and as its grandest result, accomplishing (what neither the schools nor the churches and their clergy have hitherto accomplished, and without which this nation will no more stand, permanently, soundly, than a house will stand without a substratum), a religious and moral character beneath the political and productive and intellectual bases of the States. For know you not, dear, earnest reader, that the people of our land may all read and write, and may all possess the right to vote-- and yet the main things may be entirely lacking?" --- Walt Whitman (1819-1892) (from Democracy's Need)
From Genius and Providence... "Among all the evidences for the existence of an overruling Providence that I can discover, I see none more convincing than the elaborate and, for the most part, effectual provision that has been made for the suppression of genius. The more I see of the world, the more necessary I see it to be, that by far the greater part of what is written or done should be of so fleeting a character as to take itself away quickly. That is the advantage in the fact that so much of our literature is journalism.
Schools and colleges are not intended to foster genius and to bring it out. Genius is a nuisance, and it is the duty of schools and colleges to abate it by setting genius-traps in its way. They are as the artificial obstructions in a hurdle race, tests of skill and endurance, but in themselves useless. Still, so necessary is it that genius and originality should be abated that, did not academies exist, we should have had to invent them." --- Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
"We are all searching for happiness, yet can anyone define it? A friend of mine was recently trying to tell her small daughter what it is. After a long dissertation she asked the child: 'Now do you understand?' -- 'Yes, mother, except when you explain'. Definitions abound, but I know perfectly as long as I am not asked!" --- Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)
"Liars should have the guts to lie to a man’s face… to do otherwise is equivalent to shooting him in the back." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Ancient wisdom is today's breath of fresh air" --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"From some books are philosophies born, nations rise and fall. In the aftermath of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, from the days of Caesar to Charlemagne, through the throes of Napoleon, Verdun and Omaha Beach, but not until the battle for the high-ground is decided shan't we need them." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Today is the shadow of the past and the outline of tomorrow, a perpetual briefness, seemingly a case of one instant bestowing everything to the next, a timeframe of manipulability constrained only by evolving constants and if these characterizations could, to any degree, further our understanding, how shallow then is our concept of time?" --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Animal instincts have always been held in low esteem, as if inferior, a natural intelligence but merely basic and primitive, yet proven effective, of freedoms, uncomplicated, purposeful, having an all encompassing awareness of its surroundings, danger, abilities, limitations and the appropriateness of food, yet the frustrated, overworked and sex-starved humans, fully aware of this, consider animals dumb." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"It will be realized someday that science has taken us off on a tangent, forsaken were the old ways, knowing nature in the raw, days of tranquility but also of violence and hunger, of freedoms but fear, of wonder and awe but of unattainable desires, of few comforts but of resourcefulness, to know an early death but most important of all, to know life.” --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"What is intelligence I’ve often wondered… is it to know an abundance of knowable things or just the capacity to know an abundance? What is this abundance I’ve often wondered… is it a collection of facts that should be known plus an excess thereof? What constitutes this excess I’ve often wondered…" --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Whosoever believes agriculture is unsophisticated, a conglomerate of hayseed mentalities, merely a carryover from yesteryear and of little importance, those persons would be just that." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Since antiquity, agriculture is still the lynchpin in every economic system... even in America" A.O. Kime (1941- )
“Facts rarely see the light of day; to often be hastily buried… any lingering half-truths are but ghosts of a fact.” A.O. Kime (1941- )
"Statements saying a war has already begun, or statements saying it is a racial matter, are surrounded by a host of contradictions and relative matters. Further, a statement, most any statement, is based upon one's point-of-view and on the intended 'sense'. Exceptions exist. Never is it completely one way or the other. A fire is a fire but none the same size. Not all people hate, hate the same, or hate the same people. Not all agree. Wars can be waged with or without public support. What is public support? When do the scales tip? One sense determines it is this way, another sense determines it is that way. Not all people, places and things are affected. No war is a pure war, no peace a pure peace. Groups are comprised of villains and saints, the mindful and mindless." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
An observation about famous quotations...
"Famous quotations have long been held as important to the human psyche, being observations often of an insightful nature. The whole matter of embracing famous quotations is curious however. Why is it most failed to earlier see the same profound observations? Good question. It seems strange since the information is there for the taking. In the sea of knowledge, of vastness and depth, it's all about connecting the dots. Yet not all are logically connectable, they must be associated dots. Seeking knowledge then is looking for the right dots to connect together. Sometimes scratching one's head will yield an associated dot." --- A.O. Kime (1941- )
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