W. Whitman – Song of Myself

You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor
     look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the
     spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things
     from me,
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.

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A. Huxley – The Doors of Perception

There is always money for, there are always doctorates in, the learned foolery of research into what, for scholars, is the all-important problem: Who influenced whom to say what when? Even in this age of technology the verbal humanities are honored. The non-verbal humanities, the arts of being directly aware of the given facts of our existence, ale almost completely ignored.

 

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R. Rorty – Postmodern bourgeois liberalism

Complaints about the social irresponsibility of the intellectuals typically concern the intellectual’s tendency to marginalize herself, to move out from one community by interior identification of herself with some other community-for example, another country or historical period, an invisible college, or some alienated subgroup within the larger community.

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