George Spencer-Brown quotes

  • Thus we cannot escape the fact that the world we know is constructed in order to see itself. This is indeed amazing. Not so much in view of what it sees, although this may appear fantastic enough, but in respect of the fact that it can see at all. But in order to do so, evidently it must first cut itself up into a least one state which sees, and at least one other state which is seen.
    -- George Spencer-Brown

    #Cutting #Views #Order

  • To arrive at the simplest truth, as Newton knew and practiced, requires years of contemplation. Not activity Not reasoning. Not calculating. Not busy behaviour of any kind. Not reading. Not talking. Not making an effort. Not thinking. Simply bearing in mind what it is one needs to know.
    -- George Spencer-Brown

    #Reading #Math #Thinking

  • We take as given the idea of distinction and the idea of indication, and that one cannot make an indication without drawing a distinction. We take therefore the form of distinction for the form.
    -- George Spencer-Brown

    #Ideas #Drawing #Form

  • People have their own opinions but sometimes with the media things get chopped up and cut around to make stories out of it.

  • I am for liberty of conscience in its noblest, broadest, and highest sense. But I cannot give liberty of conscience to the pope and his followers, the papists, so long as they tell me, through all their councils, theologians, and canon laws that their conscience orders them to burn my wife, strangle my children, and cut my throat when they find their opportunity.

  • Every age cuts and pastes history to suit its own purposes; art always has an ax to grind.

  • This is what I find most magnetic about successful givers: they get to the top without cutting others down, finding ways of expanding the pie that benefit themselves and the people around them. Whereas success is zero-sum in a group of takers, in groups of givers, it may be true that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

  • A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.

  • I take a grave view of the press. It is the weak slat under the bed of democracy

  • My view is when you use violence on your people, that never ends well.

  • My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and the human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.

  • Our common country is in great peril, demanding the loftiest views, and boldest action to bring it speedy relief.

  • But it became clear as time went on that in Mr. Bush's mind the New World Order was founded on a convergence of goals and interests between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, so strong and permanent that they would work as a team through the U.N. Security Council.