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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In France, and practically in all the old countries, imitation and a certain amount of insincerity are recommended.

An experiment or two will make it clear that the criteria of estimation of a man’s thought are, first, the images on which it exercises itself; second, the likes and dislikes corresponding to these images, and lastly, the mental energy which enables us to combine intellectual data with more or less success.

Elaboration of Data in the Mind a Going over our knowledge b Reflection c Writing as a help to thought d Preserving one’s thoughts e Type of mind produced by this intellectual discipline f Further approximation to original thought Part Four: How are mathematical and philosophical systems evolved? He has acquired the terrible French craving for summing up complex realities in one formula, and too often he has grown accustomed to the semi-philosophical jargon of the literary historian.

Such experiences are familiar to all of us and often leave a deep impression behind them. Keep it close at hand, read a page or two, a paragraph, opening at random.

Ernest DimnetFrench priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinkinga popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Nobody ought to write who does not write with pleasure. Study nothing that does not interest you. 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. School news in America is sport news.

Ernest Dimnet

In a few months, sometimes in a dimmet weeks, you can notice the change: The early recollections of such writers as Taine, Daudet or Bourget are full of self-pity. Would it not be better to say that most nations look upon the acquisition of tginking with a dread paralyzing the individual’s possibilities? We are attracted by some and repelled by others. Ghe notion gives him a horror for the smells of Italy. The memory of this one actually made me fidget in my chair, and I had to make an effort to think of something else.


But the unseen continuous influence of the collective consciousness produces the same results. The desire to appear, instead of really being, can vitiate even the legitimate operation of the intellect. Nov 13, Denise rated it it was ok.

Our boys have mature brows but narrow chests; yours have broad shoulders but childish expressions. But your face does not look as it usually does when you are happy in your reading: Everybody imagined she would do it, but in fact nobody did. This extremely earnest young man was impressed to the highest degree.

I love this subject. There must be a superior kind of mental operation, something immaterial resulting in abstractions. Fawcett; Underlining in Book edition Language: If one of the two wants to display in his mastery of this question either his patriotism or his internationalism he will produce thought of a quality inferior to the other mans, whose thiking object is to discover facts. How to estimate thought 3. The writer is constantly beset with phantasms.

Idea; How we can get at our own ideas; Be yourself; Find yourself; and Literary production possible to all. Foreigners who make in France a stay of sufficient duration to be personally affected by the numerous shortcomings in the official life of the nation are invariably puzzled. Naturally they are, every one of them, about you, and that is as it should be.

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Ye Lu rated it really liked it Dec 21, Failure and anxiety have never been known to elicit the best from a man’s faculties. Had you been wandering, it would have been useless. 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.


Who can doubt it? The waves which sweep over communities in times of great excitement or great calamities blind and bewilder all ex-the most powerful.

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Some men possess it, others not; but those who do not possess it must blame themselves. Docked a star off it due to the abysmal disregard of the author for fiction, which I found disagreeable and myopic, considering the erudite nature of the book. The average writer is not guided but coerced by a cheap rhythm as inseparable from him as the flute-player was from the orator of antiquity.

The almanac and the clock thinkiing supreme, and if they should disappear, civilization as we know it would collapse. People are wont to praise life as the great educator. Their mental wealth is extraordinary; only the greatest artists or poets, whose resemblance to children is a banal certainty, can give us some idea of it A golden-haired little fellow playing with his blocks in the garden may be conscious all the time of the sunset while pretending not to look at it.

Duncan Eyre rated it liked it Mar 14, Frequently he asks no questions at all, thiniing his attitude is the “Tell us” which Madame thf Maintenon used to hold up to contempt to the Saint-Cyr girls and which some American college professors have told me is likely to be retranslated in American college English into the blunt: It is to those moments that such of us whose vocation turns thinknig to be literary look back with despair, wondering what brought a crop of platitudes where distinction used to spring naturally.

One act every night should see me through in five or six months.

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