- Hands, do what you’re bid:
- Bring the balloon of the mind
- That bellies and drags in the wind
- Into its narrow shed.
- W. B. YEATS, The Balloon Of The Mind
- In every cry of every Man,
- In every Infant’s cry of fear,
- In every voice, in every ban,
- The mind-forg'd manacles I hear.
There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking, when you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed, and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness. At such time, a mortal knows just enough of what his mind is doing, to form some glimmering conception of its mighty powers, its bounding from earth and spurning time and space, when freed from the restraint of its corporeal associate.
And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system.
- The mind is its own place, and in itself
- Can make a heav'n of hell, a hell of heav'n.
The mind of man is capable of anything because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.
Matter is plastic in the face of Mind.
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