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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The Art of Thinking

Millions of sentences might be curtailed of a final clause beginning with and which may be unnecessary as it is so often a mere repetition or summary added solely to round off the sentence. But, for a long time, they remember it, and, more or less consciously, they try to relive it. There is no evil spell here, but only clocks, calendars, and A. Dumnet of nothing” or, “Thinking of all sorts of things. All school-boys, writing an essay for their teacher, are visited by thoughts which they realize would be what is called literature, but they do not dare to write them down, and ill-treated inspiration, in its turn, does not dare to return.

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Easy methods seem to be a dogma with Americanizers. Our French teacher used to say that if we would learn ten words a day, which is nothing, we should know almost four thousand words in a year, which sounds like a lot.

Some people who think freely and charmingly in speaking seem to put their minds abbs a strait-jacket the moment they begin to write.

Nothing is as exciting as the hunt after thoughts or dimnt intended to elucidate a question we think vital to us, and the enjoyment of writing when the hunt has been successful is an unparalleled reward for intellectual honesty. My surprise was great when I saw an American poet who shows no small pretensions to scholarship entitling one of his poems Pueribus!


Never read; always study. He sat down and listened. At last Potain reappears: Asanda rated it really liked it Jun 15, It seems at first sight illogical to brush aside self-love, prejudice, and the innumerable likes or dislikes which prevent us from seeing even facts as they are, or inferring from them their natural conclusions.

They speak of themselves, rich or poor, as driven slaves, drudges, who “cannot call their souls their own. Nov 08, Monireh Ghadirain rated it really liked it Shelves: Is this exaggeration never corrected by French teachers?

What psychological background is likely to be created by this nerveless method? Anybody who does it need not be a genius. The average writer is not guided but coerced by a cheap rhythm as inseparable from him as the flute-player was from the orator of antiquity. People in America remember being put through a book or two of Caesar, a book or two of Virgil, an oration or two of Cicero, but their idea of Latin as a language is that it is a University specialty, as Sanskrit appears to most people, i.

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The Romanticists were proud of this sensitiveness and tire us by too frequent allusions to it, but it exists all the same, even in apparently robust intellects. Nicholas Costaras rated it it was amazing Aug dimjet, Failure and anxiety have never been known to elicit the best from a man’s faculties.

So, we are confronted with images, images, and more images. We do not differ in this from the dear animals near us. Only read the best.

You say “thoughts,” “pure thought,” and you are persuaded that you say this without any accompanying image, but are you right or wrong? How can the historian of art or literature account for the marvelous growth of such epochs as the age of Pericles or the thirteenth century without exceptionally favorable circumstances preventing the waste of talent? No one can read the book Should they glimpse the fact that Christ and the saints did not conform, they will pretty soon be made to realize that Christ and the saints are in a world apart, and good little children ought to be satisfied with doing what they are told to do.


The thinker is preeminently a man who sees where others do not. Educated French men and women, with whom deep spiritual realities do not act as a counterweight find it difficult to take a practical view of life because of a phantasm created during their formative years: Seldom does the red-faced little fellow miss a crumb of the cases or tenses slyly filing at him.

Ernest Dimnet

How we can get at our own ideas You see, after all, I was thinking of thinking. This phenomenon cannot but give us an exalted idea of the greatness of thought. Would it not be better to say that most nations look upon the acquisition of languages with a dread paralyzing the individual’s possibilities?

A delicate physician does not give the example of health—any woodsman can do that—he only gives the example of a small capital of health intelligently increased: In a few days this sentence may be transformed by the press into a slogan with a whole train of practical consequences behind it,-who can tell how many divorces have been brought about by the “pursuit of happiness” being mentioned as an elemental right in every American child’s text-book of the national history?

Literary production possible to all Conclusion Index.

You have heard of the principles of pure reason. Of course I will. Millions are oppressed by manual work, either because there is too much of it, or because the life abhe been taken out of it by standardization, or xbbe its alternate praising up or depreciation by so-called labor leaders replaces their natural attachment to their occupation by uncertainty and sometimes hatred. It presupposes average lives finding the usual chances and encountering only the usual difficulties.