Pascal Boyer quotes

  • Retaliation is related to nature and instinct, not to law. Law, by definition, cannot obey the same rules as nature.

  • The most intractable of our experiences is the experience of Time-the intuition of duration, combined with the thought of perpetual perishing.

  • All great men are gifted with intuition. They know without reasoning or analysis, what they need to know.

  • Meaning is malleable: take it out, you get nihilism and despair. Put it in, you get sacredness and something most special.

  • What can be broken, should be broken.

  • Like other lifeforms, we [humans] exist only to replicate ourselves.

  • While moral rules may be propounded by authority the fact that these were so propounded would not validate them.

  • The hour calls for moral grandeur and spiritual audacity.

  • In some ways, what I learned is that you can take a character and breathe with them, and its up to the audience to interpret rather than you putting moral stamp on the character.

  • We cannot hope to scale great moral heights by ignoring petty obligations.