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Marcel Proust quotation
having / seeing with new eyes

Marcel Proust - The real voyage of discovery consists…

Some delightful and wise quotations are attributed to Marcel Proust including a particularly famous one about having / seeing with new eyes:-
"The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."



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Also, less usually, quoted as:-
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."



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The source of this citation is 'La Prisonnière', the fifth volume of 'Remembrance of Things Past' (also known as) 'In Search of Lost Time' - perhaps the most celebrated work by Marcel Proust.

To quote more fully from the original citation souce - La Prisonnière:-
A pair of wings, a different respiratory system, which enabled us to travel through space, would in no way help us, for if we visited Mars or Venus while keeping the same senses, they would clothe everything we could see in the same aspect as the things of the Earth. The only true voyage, the only bath in the Fountain of Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes, to see the universe through the eyes of another, of a hundred others, to see the hundred universes that each of them sees, that each of them is; and this we do, with great artists; with artists like these we do really fly from star to star.

Looking at Human Existence
with ~ philosophical ~ New Eyes

Human Physique comes as an inheritance - so what about Human Nature?

 



Does Darwinian Evolution offer much in terms of explaining Human Nature?

The answer to this question seems to raise deep, but interesting, issues associated with Human Existence.


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It is widely known that Plato, pupil of and close friend to Socrates, accepted that Human Beings have a " Tripartite Soul " where the individual Human Psyche is noticeably composed of three aspects - Wisdom-Rationality, Spirited-Will and Appetite-Desire.

What is less widely appreciated is that such major World Faiths as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism see "Spirituality" as being relative to "Desire" and to "Wrath".

Plato, Socrates and Shakespeare endorse a Tripartite Soul view of Human Nature. Platos' Republic