Category: Analects

Analects of the Core: Tocqueville on complacent legislators

Today’s analect relates to CC203′s study of the foundation of social sciences: Propitious circumstances and good laws might succeed in drawing to the legislature of a democratic people men very superior to those who are returned by the Americans to Congress ; but nothing will ever prevent the men of slender abilities who sit there […]

Analects of the Core: Ferry on storms

In view of the coming storm tomorrow, the Core would like to remind everyone to remain calm and intellectual. To aid this process, here is a sample from David Ferry’s Epic of Gilgamesh (studied in CC101), on the relevant topic of storms: “In the early hours of the next morning dawning there was the noise of […]

Analects of the Core: Austen on the joy of reading

Relating to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which is studied this semester by CC 202, is today’s analect: I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I […]

Analects of the Core: Montaigne on fear

The Core wishes students and faculty a very fruitful and enjoyable New Year and semester, and welcomes everyone back to the trials and tribulations of intellectual life. To boost students’ courage for the coming months, and instill some Core spirit, here is today’s analect: “A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.”

Analects of the Core: Dostoyevsky on the eternal book

Relating to the work of CC202 is the next analect, from Dostoyevsky: The candlestick had long since burned low in the twisted candlestick, dimly lighting the poverty-stricken room and murderer and the harlot who had come together so strangely to read the eternal book.

Analects of the Core: Cervantes on sleep

Dedicated to all sleep-deprived Core students and faculty preparing their battlements for the approaching finals’ week, and relating to the work of CC201, here is today’s analect from Cervantes’ Don Quixote: All I know is that while I’m asleep, I’m never afraid, and I have no hopes, no struggles, no glories — and bless the man […]

Analects of the Core: Locke on the harm of intemperance

Relating to temperance, and the work of John Locke studied in CC203, here is today’s analect: For esteem and reputation being a sort of moral strength, whereby a man is enabled to do, as it were, by an augmented force, that which others, of equal natural parts and natural power, cannot do without it; he […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on sleep’s regenerative power

As a tribute to all sleep-deprived Core students and faculty near the semester’s end, here is today’s analect in celebration of Sleep’s regenerative power: A man in a distant field, no hearthfires near, will hide a fresh brand in his bed of embers to keep a spark alive for the next day; so in the […]

Analects of the Core: Lane on hunger prolonging life

Expanding further on the works studied in CC106, here is the next analect from Nick Lane’s Life Ascending: The Great Inventions of Evolution: We may not enjoy the fact much, but we’ve recognized since the early 1920′s that going moderately hungry prolongs life. It’s called calorie restriction. Rats fed a balanced diet, but with about […]

Analects of the Core: Diamond on the Greenland Norse

From a book that sometimes plays a part in CC106, Jared Diamond’s Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, here is today’s analect: The Greenland Norse did succeed in creating a unique form of European society, and in surviving for 450 years as Europe’s most remote outpost. We modern Americans should not be too quick […]