I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
It is a mistake often made in this country to measure things by the amount of money they cost.
Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelationship of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to form in the social life of man.
If men as individuals surrender to the call of their elementary instincts, avoiding pain and seeking satisfaction only for their own selves, the result for them all taken together must be a state of insecurity, of fear and of promiscuous misery.
If one were to take that goal out of its religious form and look merely at its purely human side, one might state it perhaps thus: free and responsible development of the individual so that he may place his powers freely and gladly in the services of all mankind.
It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
It would be possible to describe everything scientifically. But it would make no sense. It would be without meaning as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.