Ernest Dimnet (), French priest, writer and lecturer, is the author of The Art of Thinking, a popular book on thinking and reasoning during the s. Notes from The Art of Thinking, by Ernest Dimnet. Genius has never been supposed to be a particularly good teacher of any art. Sir Walter Scott, when he. The more a man thinks the better adapted he becomes to thinking, and education is nothing if it is not the methodical.

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But the study of it belongs to the Science of Thought, while we are here concerned only with the Art of Thinking. What book is that?

Genius has never been supposed to be a particularly good teacher of any art. They do not look as attractive as that conversation sounded. The Romanticists were proud of this sensitiveness and diknet us by too frequent allusions to it, but it exists all the same, even thf apparently robust intellects. On this high level, action not only can help thought, but it produces it with a continuity which raises it to the height of creativeness.

What becomes of him when he leaves school?

Ernest Dimnet – Wikipedia

Are not only their attitudes, but even their attitude before life, copied from models approved for standardization? Soon, too, the reward came. It is needless to say that, given what the world is, most children are more unfortunate than lucky in their surroundings.


You, yourself, did not cease for all that, doing the work of your Self, infinitely more important to you tge any theory.

The thinker is preeminently a man who sees where others do not. Why should it not be the congruousness or incongruity of two images or clusters of images, accompanied by an abstract statement?

Two notions juxtaposed in the mind invariably hinder its working.

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But it is true only of modern America. But no attempt at brightening it with Alma-Tadema pictures can conjure away the declensions, conjugations and modes. I am even willing to admit that my pleasure is my own and therefore might be called, as you say, a sort of distraction.

Only read what gives you the greatest pleasure 6.

So we can be our own judges. Make a list of great books that you want to read.

The art of thinking

Abbr America it is in vain that parents are naturally inclined, and schools are more and more advised to allow children all the mental freedom they can use; conformity is too strongly established and it takes genius to escape from it. Independence is the word which describes dimnef moral aspect of this capacity for vision. Early America was not young; it was quite mature.


The reason is because seeing the truth—whose other name is salvation—and realizing that other people will not see it, they treat them as grown-ups must treat children.

Gregariousness is an instinct nearly akin to imitativeness and tending to develop it. He shaves off his moustache and has his hair cut in the most military style. Such periods testify to the existence, not of superhuman capacities in a few hundred individuals, but to that of a happy atmosphere helping the growth of the many. What thinkinv most people do who are not poor emigrants but “people”? The thought is rhinking formidable.

The preference for scientific branches which can be turned to immediate account is of course a manifestation of the utilitarian spirit. High-minded men and women endowed with warm natures are almost invariably optimistic, even when they realize the rottenness of the world, but how few they are!

The Art of Thinking

Books by Ernest Dimnet. School news in America is sport news. So is the absence of all philosophical teaching in the High Schools. When people form an association to protect common interests or foster common tastes, they must be expected to develop and encourage similarities.