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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Gregariousness is an instinct nearly akin to imitativeness and tending to develop it. Do they not consist of clothes, fashions, mannerisms, formulas listen to what you hear at the opera or at art exhibitions? Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: This affirmation may surprise people living in the giant American cities, yet, even there, traces can still be found of pioneers’ ways or pioneers’ ideas.

We must know ourselves in order thr think for ourselves. But, three hundred years later, it was no less difficult for Henri Poincare to assert that there was as much scientific truth in the old notion as in Galileo’s doctrine. Introspection can be supplemented and controlled by two sources of information which we can hardly hold in suspicion: Five o’clock late artt October, sunset over the reddening garden.

You do not see a picture as it really is when you have been at it is a copy whereas it really is original. Your boys are narrow-chested, eh?

More exceptionally, we see or hear a whole scroll of eight or ten words, as the gentleman did, and we are tempted to imagine we think in words, which would be superior to thinking in images. Nothing is as exciting as the hunt after thoughts or facts intended to elucidate a question we think vital to us, and the enjoyment of writing when the dmnet has been successful is an unparalleled reward for intellectual honesty. We all know them. He may have a turn for mathematics and know he must face years of severe effort before he can get admission to the Ecole Polytechnique, but literary history will be no less attractive to him.

The American elite knows and deplores this. No one can read the book It takes even less knowledge to display an after-the-concert appreciation summed up in “line, color and sonority. For centuries the books were the Latin and Greek classics taught in order to be spoken, or at all events written, as naturally as the student’s mother tongue.


By a sudden stiffening of our consciousness, a quick face-about inwards, we can, as it were, solidify a section of mental stream which, during three or four seconds, will lie ready for our inspection.

Enter phantasms as bad as phantoms. Aug 15, Raimund rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: If we do know what it is, but, as Montaigne says, are too lazy to tackle a problem with more than “a charge or two,” we are feeble thinkers. My surprise was great when I saw an American poet who shows no small pretensions to scholarship entitling one of his poems Pueribus! The words and the scrolls are there from the habit which most of us have of sometimes audibly whispering: The list of such influences hindering a gifted man’s thinking could be endless.

Only, with some people admiration is accompanied by discouragement, with others it creates emulation.

There is a quite as shameful via media between deceit and sincerity which consists in buying the book even if it is never to be opened. The most famous ones are in Paris. Are we satisfied with merely speaking the exterior or interior cinema? Ideas count more in France than facts, and as long as education is at one with the national bias to prefer the art of living to the struggle for life, this one-sided view will go on.

I have not forgotten that, on my first introduction to one of the above establishments, I was taken almost at once to the cupboard in which glorious baseballs rest on silver rings, and respectfully made my ignorant salaam to these fetishes. Such men seethey see the necessities of an epoch, and woe to the people who will not see them as they do. Let me read Shakespeare. Independence is the word which describes the moral aspect of this capacity for vision. Probably their interest in the almost indecipherable memoranda left by the philosopher lay in the hope that these scraps of paper might revive the impression of his originality.

Carlyle admits that he knew this obsession and had to make a desperate effort to overcome it. He has not been taught to view Latin as an artistic mosaic, or English composition as an effort to rise above himself. I was quite impressed the first few times I was shown a school paper, and realized that a staff of boys under a boy editor was responsible for what is comparatively excellent stuff.


Shortly after the Russian Revolution, inhalf a dozen people in a Paris salon were indulging in the then familiar pastime of comparing the Czar with Louis the Sixteenth, the Czarina with Marie-Antoinette, Kerensky with the Girondists, etc.

This genius, every time he was compelled to write, relapsed into the state of mind in which he used to be, years before, when going through examinations at the Sorbonne. It will be enough if the reader is conscious of sympathy to which he has a right, thin,ing of a continuous striving to help him in his effort to think his best and live his noblest. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. The word “joiner,” which in England only designates a carpenter, means in America something purely American, as the sound of it,—as affectionate as sarcastic,—intimates.

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Thousands fortunately took it as a novelty and were enthusiastic in consequence. Book ratings by Goodreads. It does not occur to one in a thousand, of course, that he was more intelligent when he was eight than now when he is fifty, but it is no less true that the relationship we feel between ourselves and even the man who dazzles us is founded on recollections of great hours or on recollections of childhood; “I have deteriorated” we rightly think; or “I am a victim, I have had no luck.

There would be an easy method for greatly diminishing this evil, which would be to compel orators to speak seated, but who thinks of it?

Ernest Dimnet

Conclusions at which we arrive while apparently attentive to entirely different matters. Thought can indeed be called divine, for it is creative. Our brain must be free sometimes from images, from likes or dislikes, from wants and repulsions. Whatever we read we must first comprehend and when we have comprehended, criticize.

The editor ought to have in mind Addison, Cobbett or Bernard Shaw when he writes an essay; as a matter of fact he does not even think of Mr. Our successes and our failures create in us an instinct for safety which we decorate with the names of experience or wisdom.

Every now and then the young doctor says a few words which a score of pencils note down.