The Creators

By: Daniel J. Boorstin read in 2007

26 Summary of Buddhism. 8-fold Way; Four Noble Truths
26 "The creator, if there was one, was clearly not beneficent."
28 Linear A and Linear B
49 Succession of original Jewish thinkers: Moses, Maimonides, Spinoza, Felix Mendelssohn, Marx, Freud, Einstein.
52 "Wyclif (1382) later explained Allegory as that which is "said by ghostly [spiritual] understanding"."
52 "Enriched by Allegory, the Scriptures became infinitely adaptable to the needs of future generations."
54 Logos
102 Vitruvius' list of qualifications for being an architect.
199 Muslims kill 4000 because of a picture.
322 Hugo Grotius, father of international law, escaped prison hidden in a box of books.
323 Milton: "...Man is the occasion of his own miseries, in most of those evils which he imputes to God's inflicting.
324 Aeropagitica - Freedom of the press
327 Milton: "They also serve who only stand and wait."
337 Gibbon's account of his experience of writing the first 3 chapters of "The Decline and Fall..."
343 William Prescott - Historian of the New World, blinded by a crust of bread thrown in a food fight at Harvard
346 William Prescott's perspective on the church and conquest of Cortes.
347 "Cortes never became rich from his conquests" !!
387-88 Brunelleschi's dome
393 Brunelleschi rediscovered perspective drawing
411 Savonarola and the Bonfire of the Vanities
412 "Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464), ... proved the Donation of Constantine to be a forgery."
413 "Michelangelo in his twenties had fallen under the spell of the fanatical Savonarola and never recovered."
488 Voltaire: "A Vitruvius is not enough, one must have an Augustus to employ him."
529 Herschel coined the terms 'photograph' and 'negative' for photography
532 Herschel coined the term 'snapshot'
544 Louis Sullivan, first skyscraper builder: "form ever follows function".
562 Montaigne: he was supporting the faith :as the rope supports the hanging man."
583 Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues: "Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility"
636 T.S. Elliot: "...the vast panorama of futility which is contemporary history"
658 Melville: "I feel that the Godhead is broken up like the bread at the Supper, and that we are the pieces."
663 Dostoyevsky: "I admit that twice two makes four is an excellent thing, but if we are to give everything its due, twice two makes five is sometimes a very charming thing too.". That mathematical way of looking at the world makes man no more than an "organ-stop," or a "piano-key"!
727 Picasso was not a child prodigy
741 D.W. Griffith
743 "The Birth of a Nation"
743 D.E. Griffith: "in less than ten years ... the children in the public schools will be taught practically everything by moving pictures."
744 Sergei Eisenstein

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