Laurens van der Post

Laurens
van der Post
1907
1996

British Explorer and Author

Author Quotes

There is a way in which the collective knowledge of mankind expresses itself, for the finite individual, through mere daily living . . . a way in which life itself is sheer knowing.

I suspect it was...the old story of the implacable necessity of a man having honour within his own natural spirit. A man cannot live and temper his mettle without such honour. There is deep in him a sense of the heroic quest; and our modern way of life, with its emphasis on security, its distrust of the unknown and its elevation of abstract collective values has repressed the heroic impulse to a degree that may produce the most dangerous consequences.

Life begins as a quest of the child for the man and ends as a journey by the man to rediscover the child.

The educating of the parents is really the education of the child children tend to live what is unlived in the parents, so it is vital that parents should be aware of their inferior, their dark side, and should press on getting to know themselves.

Compassion leaves an indelible blueprint of the recognition that life so sorely needs between one individual and another; one nation and another; one culture and another. It is also valid for the road which our spirit should be building now for crossing the historical abyss that still separates us from a truly contemporary vision of life, and the increase of life and meaning that awaits us in the future.

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

Reality, no matter how widened and heightened by our perceptions, never ceases to be anything but the effect of us on an infinite mystery.

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First Name
Laurens
Last Name
van der Post
Birth Date
1907
Death Date
1996
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British Explorer and Author