Adam Nicolson quotes

  • The field is a halfway house, halfway between the detail of those intimately known places and the ignorance of a landscape view ... The essence of a field is that the cultural accommodates the natural there. The human being makes room for and makes use of those organisms that are not him. In that way the field is a poem to symbiosis, and a human contract with the natural.
    -- Adam Nicolson

    #Ignorance #Views #Essence

  • A puritan is such a one as loves God with all his soul, but hates his neighbor with all his heart.
    -- Adam Nicolson

    #Hate #Heart #Soul

  • T's [King James Bible] subject is majesty, not tyranny, and it's political purpose was unifying and enfolding, to elide the kingliness of God with the godliness of kings, to make royal power and divine glory into one invisible garment which could be wrapped around the nation as a whole.
    -- Adam Nicolson

    #Kings #Political #Purpose

  • Eric Schlosser's book on the economy and strategies of the fast-food business should be read by anyone who likes to take their children to fast-food restaurants. I shall certainly never do that again. He employs a long, cold burn, a quiet and impassioned accumulation of detail, with calm, wit and clarity. (...) Fast Food Nation is witness to the rigour and seriousness of the best American journalism, readable, reliable and extremely carefully done.
    -- Adam Nicolson

    #Children #Book #Long

  • Religion and science have a common ancestor - ignorance.

  • The purely righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom.

  • This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

  • Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.

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

  • Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children's?

  • Convergence of our views on global trade issues under the WTO and our common resolve to combat terrorism provide a valuable base for mutual understanding.

  • Upon the subject of education ... I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people may be engaged in.

  • History is a great deal closer to poetry than is generally realised: in truth, I think, it is in essence the same.

  • Straight away, remove yourself from the field of spiritual progression , stay away from contemplation and skillful discourse, do not do research or meditate on the divinities, and stop concentrating and reciting textbooks! Tell me, what is the absolute nature of reality which allows no room for doubt? Listen carefully! Stop holding on to this or that, inhabit your true absolute nature, and peacefully enjoy the essence of what it is to be alive!