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Saturday morning quotes 8.27: Why History?

November 13, 2021

As we continue to experience the hybrid implementation of Hegel’s Dialectics, we offer a few quotes that add a bit of perspective, with yet another reminder of the latent power of music as a salve for every sore.

“A stealthy rise in population; a more obvious gap between prices and wages; a not always welcome challenge to spiritual self-confidence: these offered fertile ground for agitation. They coincided with a growing unease between defensive haves and resentful have-nots. And time after time, when demanding higher taxes or recruiting for larger armies, governments found that their pursuit of tightened control over their subjects’ desire outran performance.”

– John Hale, The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance,”The Control of Man”, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993, p. 463.

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

– George Santayana (1863-1952), The Life of Reason

“The Biblical legend of the destruction of the walls of Jericho by music is precisely a legend of objective music. Plain music, no matter of what kind, will not destroy walls, but objective music indeed can do so. And not only can it destroy but it can also build up. In the legend of Orpheus there are hints of objective music, of course very primitive. Very often it is simply one note which is long drawn out, rising and falling only very little; but in this single note ‘inner octaves’ are going on all the time and melodies of ‘inner octaves’ which are inaudible to the ears but felt by the emotional center.”

G. I. Gurdijeff (c.1866 – 1949)

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3 Comments
  1. Interesting quotes, but your font is much too small 🙂

  2. It’s cool to read a Gurdjieff quote in a lute blog! Worlds collide…

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