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Vera John-Steiner

  • Language is double-edged; through words a fuller view of reality emerges, but words can also serve to fragment reality.

  • One of the major challenges facing creative individuals is that of building upon the continuity of human knowledge while achieving novel insights. ... On the one hand, to intensify an inquiry and develop a sense of commitment to a creative life, the learner needs models, teachers, and collaborators. On the other hand, the individual, while building upon the past, needs to transform it, and thus broaden his or her choices.

  • Thinking ... is a soundless dialogue, it is the weaving of patterns, it is a search for meaning. The activity of thought contributes to and shapes all that is specifically human.

Vera John-Steiner, Hungarian-born U.S. writer

(1930)

Full name: Vera Polgar John-Steiner. Has also written as Vera P. John.