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Margaret Benson

  • The cat is, above all things, a dramatist.

  • But none of us wants to be average. That we are so is a melancholy fact borne in upon us in middle life, and we do not always relish it.

  • ... all progress in knowledge takes place through the correction of that which has been received on authority ... without the huge body of traditional knowledge, accurate and inaccurate together, there would be nothing even to correct. Progress is not made in spite of authority, but by means of it.

  • ... apparent contradiction ... is often the opportunity for new discovery in science; and it even may be said that the absence of apparent contradiction is due to our want of perception, since our knowledge of laws and causes is so small compared to their total sum.

  • Reason cannot remain a bare intellectual faculty; it must become a faculty of judgment dealing with the question of values.

  • The spiritual is not the emotional; we may receive spiritual things emotionally, but to receive them rationally we must receive them with the mind and the will; we must act on them, we must experiment on them, we must let them permeate our consciousness.

  • [On her cat:] If he had asked to have the door opened, and was eager to go out, he always went deliberately; I can see him now, standing on the sill, looking about at the sky as if he was thinking whether it were worth while to take an umbrella.

    • Margaret Benson

Margaret Benson, English writer

(1865 - 1916)