‘To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see overall patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom or, at least, the illusion of freedom to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology, or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings.
We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in.’
British neurologist, naturalist and author who spent his professional life in the United States
His contention was that the brain was the most incredible thing in the universe and therefore important to study
‘Many of our most serious conflicts are conflicts within ourselves. Those who suppose their judgements are always consistent are unreflective or dogmatic.’
American moral and political philosopher
He held the James Bryant Conant University Professorship at Harvard University and the Fulbright Fellowship at Christ Church, Oxford
‘In the physical union of male and female there may be a soul communion giving not only supreme happiness but in turn conducing to soul growth and development and there may be a communion, rightly understood, not less significant than the begetting of children. Creative energy in man is manifold in its manifestations, and can be trained into channels of usefulness and power.’
Alice Bunker Stockham MD
Obstetrician and gynecologist from Chicago and the fifth woman to become a doctor in the United States
She promoted gender equality, dress reform, birth control, masturbation, birth control, and male and female sexual fulfillment for successful marriages
She coined the term Karezza from the Italian word ‘carress’ and authored a book by this name in 1896
‘An artist’s concern is to shoot for some kind of perfection, on his own terms, not anyone else’s.’
Influential 20th-century writer
His landmark novel, The Catcher In The Rye, has sold over 65 million copies
‘Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, not matter how well or badly, not to get money or fame but to experience becoming to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.’
In a career spanning over 50 years, he published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of non-fiction
‘Truth is a pathless land, and you cannot approach it by any path whatsoever, by any religion, by any sect. Truth, being limitless, unconditioned, unapproachable by any path whatsoever, cannot be organized nor should any organization be formed to lead or to coerce people along any particular path. If you first understand that, then you will see how impossible it is to organize a belief. A belief is purely an individual matter, and you cannot and must not organize it. If you do, it becomes dead, crystallized; it becomes a creed, a sect, a religion, to be imposed on others. This is what everyone throughout the world is attempting to do. Truth is narrowed down and made a plaything for those who are weak, for those who are only momentarily discontented. Truth cannot be brought down, rather the individual must make the effort to ascend to it. You cannot bring the mountaintop to the valley. If you would attain to the mountaintop you must pass through the valley, climb the steeps, unafraid of the dangerous precipices.’
Speaker and writer on matters concerning humankind, his words were often mistaken by those on spiritual or philosophical subjects which he regarded as other fragments of thought.
In his early life he was groomed to be the new world teacher but later rejected this mantle and withdrew from the organization behind it. His subject matter included psychological revolution, the nature of mind, radical meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.