Friday, July 29, 2011

Life only avails

Interesting convergence of tweets from William James and John Dewey this morning, spotlighting the indispensable contribution of real life experience to intelligence and wisdom:

 William James 

 John Dewey 

Both put me in mind of one of my favorite lines in Emerson: "Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose..." Or, as I was saying yesterday: just get up and move, pay attention to what's around you and try to learn something from it.

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