Archive for the 'Research' Category

December 18, 2018

“So soon as he had attained to an adequate condition of freedom, he appears before us consummate and entire, complete in the ancient sense. […] But often the higher life is only possible at all, on condition of the selection of that in which one’s motive is native and strong; and this selection involves the renunciation of a crown reserved for others. Which is better? — to lay open a new sense, to initiate a new organ for the human spirit, or to cultivate many types of perfection up to a point which leaves us still beyond the range of their transforming power?”

“The Greek mind had advanced to a particular stage of self-reflection, but was careful not to pass beyond it.”

~ “The Renaissance: studies in art and poetry”, Walter Pater.


December 18, 2018

In his ode “Pindarum quisquis studet aemulari”, Horace praises the inimitable Pindar as a swan lifted by a mighty wind, and then describes himself as a mere bee “laboriously harvesting thyme from numerous groves and banks”, and quietly making intricate poems.

October 28, 2018

On the pursuit of Arete

September 19, 2018

“It is necessary to define as vulgar any pursuit, craft, or science which renders the body, soul, or mind of free men useless for the practice of Arete.”
~ Aristotle

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat”
~ Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship in a Republic”, Speech at the Sorbonne, 1910.

“He who is only a student is too weak, too effeminate.
He who is only an athlete is too crude, too masculine.
The ideal citizen is the scholar-athlete,
A man of thought and a man of action.”
~ Plato


September 13, 2018

”Visita interiora terrae, rectificando invenies occultum lapidem” ~ ”L’Azoth des Philosophes”, Basilius Valentinus.

Mens et manus

May 19, 2018

“…the interests of Commerce and the Arts, as well as of General Education, call for the most earnest co-operation of intelligent culture with industrial pursuits.” ~ “Objects and Plan of an Institute of Technology”, MIT incorporators, 1860.


December 17, 2017

“There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.” ~ Kennedy

December 3, 2017

“More interested in pursuing knowledge than in publishing it, Leonardo wanted to accumulate knowledge for its own sake, and for his own personal joy, rather than out of a desire to make a public name for himself as a scholar or to be part of the progress of history.”

~ Isaacson

December 3, 2017

“Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work least, for their minds are occupied with their ideas and the perfection of their conceptions, to which they afterwards give form.”

~ Leonardo

January 25, 2017

“In tutti i bambini, finche’ siano ancora immersi nel mistero, l’anima e’ senza posa occupata con l’unica cosa davvero importante, vale a dire loro stessi e l’enigmatico nesso tra la loro persona e il mondo circostante. Colui che cerca e il saggio giunti agli anni della maturita’ ritornano a queste occupazioni, ma per la maggior parte gli esseri umani dimenticano e abbandonano questo mondo interiore, il mondo di cio’ che e’ davvero importante, e lo fanno assai prima e per sempre, e per tutta la vita errano nei policromi labirinti di preoccupazioni , desideri e mete, nessuna delle quali abita nel loro intimo, nessuna delle quali li conduce alla loro interiorita’, a casa.” ~ Hesse