Ernest Dimnet

French writer

Ernest Dimnet (18661954) was a French priest, writer and lecturer, and author of "The Art of Thinking", a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the 1930s.

Ernest Dimnet

Quotes edit

  • Ideas are the root of creation.
    • Attributed to Dimnet in: Prima (1998) The Power of Thought. p. 119
  • Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.
    • Attributed to Ernest Dimnet in: Rhonda L. Clements, Leah Fiorentino (2004) The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach. p. 111

The Art of Thinking (1928) edit

  • Social intercourse, with its … hypocrisy … is highly productive of thought-hindering insincerity.
    • p. 60 as cited in: Irene Taviss Thomson (2000) In Conflict No Longer. p. 34
  • The more a man thinks the better adapted he becomes to thinking, and education is nothing if it is not the methodical creation of the habit of thinking. Precisely. Theoretically, education is a mental training aiming at greater intellectual elasticity, but the question is whether education does not often strain, instead of train, a mind.
    • p. 61
  • Very busy people always find time for everything.
    Conversely, people with immense leisure find time for nothing.
    • p. 106
  • A book, like a landscape, is a state of consciousness varying with readers. There exists some book, pamphlet, article in an encyclopaedia, or possibly an old clipping from a newspaper that once set you thinking; there may be many; indeed you may be one of those rare beings with whom a few lines of print are food enough or thought because, as Lamartine says, their thoughts think themselves. The sometimes evocative for you may be poetry, history, philosophy, the sciences, or moral sciences, i.e. the progress of mankind. Some people who go to sleep over a volume will be interested by a review which they think more condensed or better within their reach. Read reviews if they help you to think, that is. to say if they leave in your mind images that will go on living when you have forgotten where they came from. Read a Shakespeare calendar at the rate of four lines a day, if Shakespeare quotations have on you the magic influence they have on some people; read algebra, read the lives of great inventors or of great businessmen, read that kind of books which you and nobody else know to be thought-productive for you.
    • p. 122
  • Most people suspend their judgment till somebody else has expressed his own and then they repeat it. Common parlance alludes to this weakness in the frequently heard phrase: PEOPLE DO NOT THINK.
    • p. 139
  • Too often we forget that genius, too, depends upon the data within its reach, that even Archimedes could not have devised Edison's inventions. We also forget that genius is not genius all the time, although it is superior all the time.
    • p. 169
  • Every day you waste a chance, many chances in fact, of getting at your innermost consciousness by expressing yourself as you see yourself, and I say it is a pity because it makes you, year after year and day after day more like anybody else and more anonymous.
    • p. 250
  • Self-expression is individuality, and our individuality is our self, which ought to be our chief concern
    • p. 250

What we live by (1932) edit

  • We all more or less consciously note this. We cannot help observing that all serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
    • p. 5
  • Personality is the knowledge that we are apart from the rest of the universe.
    • p. 22
  • You are not to disbelieve human science or think human reason invalid except when they venture outside their province.
    • p. 31
  • Where the writer produces that combination of perfect technique, human interest, and thruth, and can add to it that supreme touch, the perfection of art has been attained.
    • p. 129
  • Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul.
    • p. 141
  • All men saved from the scattering influences of society by a powerful incentive, a cause, or an ideal of individual perfection, seldom fear the danger of being distracted by comers and goers.
    • p. 202
  • The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.
    • p. 238

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