„The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man“

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spanischer Philosoph, Soziologe und Essayist 1883 - 1955
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„The metaphor is perhaps one of man's most fruitful potentialities.“

—  José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
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„The management of fertility is one of the most important functions of adulthood.“

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„Most music is metaphor, but Wolff is not. I am not metaphor either. Parable, maybe. Cage is sermon.“

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„The richest genius, like the most fertile soil, when uncultivated, shoots up into the rankest weeds; and instead of vines and olives for the pleasure and use of man, produces, to its slothful owner, the most abundant crop of poisons.“

—  David Hume Scottish philosopher, economist, and historian 1711 - 1776
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„Painting must be fertile. It must give birth to a world.... it must fertilize the imagination.“

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„A man's honest, earnest opinion is the most precious of all he possesses: let him communicate this, if he is to communicate anything.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
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