My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don’t know anything at all.
Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.
Is it possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you’ll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experienced it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you.
Intuition is just the sum of all your experience. The way I see it, everything you’ve experienced, everything you know, you think you know and didn’t know you knew is there in your subconscious lying dormant, as it were. As a rule you don’t notice the sleeping creature, it’s just there, snoring and absorbing new things, right. But now and then it blinks, stretches and tells you, hey, I’ve seen this picture before. And tells you where in the picture things belong.
In the long run there is no more exhilarating experience than to determine one’s position, state it bravely and then act boldly.
In the long run nothing can withstand reason and experience, and the contradiction which religion offers to both is all too palpable.