On Being Methodical and Systematic

Sunday, July 13, 2008 – On Being Methodical and Systematic


He may be mad, but there’s method in his madness. There nearly always is method in madness. It’s what drives men mad, being methodical. ~ GK Chesterton


Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people. ~ Carl Gustav Jung


When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. ~ Hermann Hesse


What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities. ~ Oscar Wilde


My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. ~ George Bernard Shaw


And therefore education at the University mostly worked by the age-old method of putting a lot of young people in the vicinity of a lot of books and hoping that something would pass from one to the other, while the actual young people put themselves in the vicinity of inns and taverns for exactly the same reason. ~ Terry Pratchett


There are some enterprises in which a careful disorderliness is the true method. ~ Herman Melville


Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader rather than be at the pains of stringing them. ~ Joseph Addison


All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue. ~ Franz Kafka


One of the great inventions of the twentieth century was the studied, methodical engineering of myth for political ends. ~ Caryl Rivers


Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds. ~ Henry Brooks Adams


Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government! ~ Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)


It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true. ~ Sophia Loren


Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification. ~ Karl Popper


If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. ~ William James


I must Create a System or be enslav’d by another Man’s. ~ William Blake


A long and wicked life followed by five minutes of perfect grace gets you into Heaven. An equally long life of decent living and good works followed by one outburst of taking the name of the Lord in vain – then have a heart attack at that moment and be damned for eternity. Is that the system? ~ Robert A. Heinlein


Absurdism, like methodical doubt, has wiped the slate clean. It leaves us in a blind alley. But, like methodical doubt, it can, by returning upon itself, open up a new field of investigation, and in the process of reasoning then pursues the same course. I proclaim that I believe in nothing and that everything is absurd, but I cannot doubt the validity of my proclamation and I must at least believe in my protest. ~ Albert Camus, The Rebel


When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about. ~ Albert Einstein


We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. ~ Joseph Campbell