Lines on My Mind

These are the lines that speak to me when I am reading.

1.17.16  Two things are to be remembered:  that a man whose opinions and theories are worth studying may be presumed to have had some intelligence, but no man is likely to have arrived at complete and final truth on any subject whatever.  When an intelligent man expresses a view which seems to us obviously absurd, we should not attempt to prove that it is somehow true, but we should try to understand how it ever came to seem true.  This exercise of historical and psychological imagination at once enlarges the scope of our thinking, and helps us to realize how foolish many of our own cherished prejudices will seem to an age which has a different temper of mind.  –Bertrand Russell, A History of Western Philosophy