Gilbert Arthur Highet

Gilbert Arthur
Highet
1906
1978

Scottish-American Classicist, Academic, Writer, Intellectual, Critic and Literary Historian

Author Quotes

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves. From each of them goes out its own voice... and just as the touch of a button on our set will fill the room with music, so by taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.

Vergil preferred to give a few touches, and to allow the imagination of his readers to fill out the picture: that is one reason for his almost universal appeal. He changes each of his readers into a poet or an artist.

What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?

A good teacher is a determined person.

A teacher must believe in the value and interest of his subject as a doctor believes in health.

Books are not lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on shelves!

By taking down one of these volumes and opening it, one can call into range the voice of a man far distant in time and space, and hear him speaking to us, mind to mind, heart to heart.

Language is a living thing. We can feel it changing. Parts of it become old: they drop off and are forgotten. New pieces bud out, spread into leaves, and become big branches, proliferating.

Many people have played themselves to death. Many people have eaten and drunk themselves to death. Nobody ever thought himself to death.

The aim of those who try to control thought is always the same. They find one single explanation of the world, one system of thought and action that will (they believe) cover everything; and then they try to impose that on all thinking people.

The mind never need stop growing. Indeed, one of the few experiences which never pall is the experience of watching one's own mind and how it produces new interests, responds to new stimuli, and develops new thoughts, apparently without effort and almost independently of one's own conscious control.

The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching.

Behind almost every great man there stands either a good parent or a good teacher.

The real duty of man is not to extend his power or multiply his wealth beyond his needs, but to enrich and enjoy his imperishable possession: his soul.

Zen meditation does not mean sitting and thinking. On the contrary, it means acting with as little thought as possible. The fencing master trained his pupil to guard against every attack with the same immediate, instinctive rapidity with which our eyelid closes over our eye when something threatens it. His work is aimed at breaking down the wall between thought and act, at completely fusing body and senses and mind so that they might all work together rapidly and effortlessly.

Author Picture
First Name
Gilbert Arthur
Last Name
Highet
Birth Date
1906
Death Date
1978
Bio

Scottish-American Classicist, Academic, Writer, Intellectual, Critic and Literary Historian