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Now in creative thought common sense is a bad master. Its sole criterion for judgement is that the new ideas shall look like the old ones. In other words it can only work by suppressing originality.
— Alfred North Whitehead —

Love remains a relation with the Other that turns into need, transcendent exteriority of the other, of the beloved. But love goes beyond the beloved ... The possibility of the Other appearing as an object of a need while retaining his alterity, or again,the possibility of enjoying the Other ... this simultaneity of need and desire, or concupiscence and transcendence, ... constitutes the originality of the erotic which, in this sense, is the equivocal par excellence.

— Emmanuel Levinas

The term "rational" and its variants (rationality, rationalism) are used in a lot of contexts in economic debate, both positively and negatively, but nearly always sloppily or dishonestly. A specimen I've seen on more occasions than I can count is the line (usually presented with a sense of witty originality) "if you are opposed to economic rationalism, you must be in favor of economic irrationalism" ... I've come to the conclusion that the word "rational" has no meaning that cannot better be conveyed by some alternative term and that the best advice is probably to avoid it altogether.

— John Quiggin

In European thought in general, as contrasted with American, vigor, life and originality have a kind of easy, professional utterance. American
on the other hand, is expressed in an eager amateurish way. A European gives a sense of scope, of survey, of consideration. An American is strained, sensational. One is artistic gold; the other is bullion.

— Wallace Stevens

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