Title: The Art of Thinking Author: Ernest Dimnet * A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook * eBook No.: Language: English Date first posted. Ernest Dimnet (), French priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Notes from The Art of Thinking, by Ernest Dimnet. Genius has never been supposed to be a particularly good teacher of any art. Sir Walter Scott, when he.

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Americanization, the transforming of foreign dissimilarity into American conformity, is not done, as Americanizing centres imagine, by the substitution of a new set of ideas for another The thing is done more simply.

He actually says, in pithy Latin, that the man who informs himself in order to retail his information to others is a prey, while so doing, to an thhe complex. The memory of this one actually made me fidget in my chair, and I had to make an effort to think of something else. I had not thought of that.

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Most writers realize that their books are only written, not lived, when they cannot separate themselves from their families and seek the quiet of an old town or remote country inn where nobody speaks to ernwst. A critic who feels like praising a book will gladly damn it if the last chapter antagonizes some pet idea of his.

Are people generally satisfied with the education they have themselves received or see dispensed to their children? In every country education has its faults which it would take libraries to discuss. Fawcett; Underlining in Book edition Language: Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of If, when trying to reflect, we at once feel a weariness, a drowsiness or a tendency to repeat mere words, we do not know what thought is.

Substitute Renan’s or Signor Ferrero’s mental habit of seeing the past as if it were the present, of speaking of the Roman equites in terms of Wall Street, and everything will be clarified in an instant; but the something which differentiated an eques from a banker, tje spell attached to the distant past, will vanish.

It is also a fact that action, when it is of certain quality and calls forth our best energies, acts upon us as our noblest experiences may, and we look back to the few years or months during which the effort lasted with a nostalgic yearning.

The Art of Thinking by Ernest Dimnet

They account for tue unexpected. Our Ov teacher used to say that if we would learn ten words a day, which is nothing, we should know almost four thousand words in a year, which sounds like a lot. And in a year and a half, I shall go to Tours or Grenoble to practise my four or five thousand words on harmonious natives. Undoubtedly superior in craftsmanship to, say Wuthering Heights. But he was not Alfred de Musset, alas! Who does not see the element of luck in Shakespeare’s life?

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Women frequently enhance it by elegance and, when they do so, should they be as ignorant as Saxon princesses of the seventh century, they achieve an artistic result.

This idea, added to the fact that we are dealing with a practical art, and not with philosophy proper, should reconcile us to our ignorance. Dimnet’s “The art Ernest DimnetFrench priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Thlnking predominance of sports in schools, in the national life, in the press, not only crowds out what is or should be more important, but it creates an atmosphere in which these important things are made to appear superfluous, or are even described in extremely disrespectful slang.

Our successes and our failures create in us an instinct for safety which we decorate with the names of experience or wisdom. Who can doubt it? The ten days’, or even thirty days silent retreats, in use in some religious orders, are the outcome of such experiences. Such men dimetthey see the necessities of an epoch, and woe to the people who will not see them as they do.

A tumult of seldom experienced and consequently more valued intellectual impressions, with the sensation of an unwonted warmth round the heart, are known to all men and women. All cimnet time you were imagining that the Art of Thinking was making you think, you were thinking of Jim, Erasmus, the fool, the garret and business, undoubtedly too, of dozens of other things we have not been able to trace back to your consciousness. Francis rated it it was amazing Jul 21, His personal influence was extraordinary.

However, our point is that it can be worse than this.

Millions are oppressed by manual work, either because there is too much of it, or because the life has been taken out of it by standardization, or because its alternate praising up or depreciation by so-called labor leaders replaces their natural attachment to their occupation by uncertainty and sometimes hatred. The plain fact is that the boy who shows the greatest activity or initiative on the game field is not by any means always the one who asks the most intelligent questions.

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Easy methods seem to be a dogma with Americanizers. Many hundreds of thousands who would feel inclined to think highly of their work and realize its dignity cannot indulge the tendency because of the insecurity in which they live.

Are not their lives all alike? I have no perseverance.

What psychological background is likely to be created by this nerveless method? If he tries the usual path to success, endeavours to make himself agreeable or popular, curries favour with rich or influential people, he loses his dignity, and the quality of his thinking deteriorates simultaneously. Attitudes are created, standpoints are emphasized, slogans are circulated which place a uniform imprint on people otherwise different Dissenting where there is so much that can be promoted only by union, would ov worse than heretical and is practically impossible.

For I begin to erjest your thoughts pretty well. But to this we shall revert later. The press campaigns, the enlightenment drives which are perseveringly carried on ths the United States are impossible in France. Here are the four conjugations, not one less than last time the book was opened, and as merciless as ever. Psychologists speak of the “mental stream. This article does not cite any sources.

We cannot dissociate solitude, freedom and leisure from our concept of a life dedicated to thought: He has thibking of this case and wants to see for himself. Altogether these young beings who, up to a quite recent day, had been like just-born clouds in the summer sky, feeling every breeze and catching every reflection, now are all passivity.

They stop and not another word is heard.

A writer is a man whose inner life is intended for public inspection. The American schools are mostly in the country, because primitive American life was a country life and the Pilgrims had seen the schools at home located in small towns or in open suburban quarters like Westminster. Sometimes, very unexpectedly, we become aware of the tingling of our arteries in our heads, even of the fact that we are alive; this consciousness is of no use whatever to us, unless it somehow concurs in keeping us alive, but we are lavish when our Self is at stake.

These trains are invariably produced by some image in whose wake they follow.

This superiority of intellect persists until the child’s imitativeness begins to work from the outside in.