He values my understanding and talents more highly than my heart, but I am proud of the latter only. It is the sole source of everything of our strength, happiness, and misery. All the knowledge I possess every one else can acquire, but my heart is exclusively my own.
Art is the uniting of the subjective with the objective, of nature with reason, of the unconscious with the conscious, and therefore art is the highest means of knowledge.[Искусство есть соединение субъективного с объективным, природы и разума, бессознательного с сознательным. И потому искусство есть высшее средство познания.]
Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish… Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
When intelligent and sensible people despise knowledge in their old age, it is only because they have asked too much of it and of themselves.
When a man has special knowledge and special powers like my own, it rather encourages him to seek a complex explanation when a simpler one is at hand.
We know too much and feel too little. At least we feel too little of those creative emotions from which a good life springs.
We do not need to be shoemakers to know if our shoes fit, and just as little have we any need to be professionals to acquire knowledge of matters of universal interest.
To achieve anything you must first have ambition and then talent, knowledge, and finally the opportunity.
There is, so I believe, in the essence of everything, something that we cannot call learning. There is, my friend, only a knowledge — that is everywhere.