Unpopular Essays 1950 Outline Of Intellectual Rubbish
In English grammar, an abstract noun is a noun or noun phrase that names an idea, event, quality or concept — for example, courage, freedom, progress, love, patience, excellence and friendship.
An abstract noun names something that can't be physically touched. According to "A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language," abstract nouns are "typically non-observable and nonmeasurable.” But, as James Hurford explains, the distinction between abstract nouns and other common nouns "is relatively unimportant, as far as grammar is concerned." "Abstract and concrete are usually defined together or in terms of each other.
Love can flourish only as long as it is free and spontaneous; it tends to be killed by the thought of duty.
To say that it is your duty to love so-and-so is the surest way to cause you to hate him of her.
To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves...
We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here--with its gift of energy and heightened awareness--so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.
They extract the vitality from one victim after another, but while they prosper and grow interesting, those upon whom they live grow pale and dim and dull.
Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate.
I think the distinction comes in the motive: when it is kindliness that makes us wish to please, our tact is the right sort; when it is fear of offending, or desire to obtain some advantage by flattery, our tact is apt to be of a less amiable kind.The abstract is that which exists only in our minds, that which we cannot know through our senses.It includes qualities, relationships, conditions, ideas, theories, states of being, fields of inquiry and the like.We cannot know a quality such as consistency directly through our senses; we can only see or hear about people acting in ways that we come to label consistent." "Although abstract nouns tend to be uncountable (courage, happiness, news, tennis, training), many are countable (an hour, a joke, a quantity).Others can be both, often with shifts of meaning from general to particular (great kindness/many kindnesses)."(Tom Mc Arthur, "Abstract and Concrete." "The Oxford Companion to the English Language." Oxford University Press, 1992) "[R]ecognizing abstract nouns is relatively unimportant, as far as grammar is concerned. ' And to the uninstructed mind, Uniformity.' His abstract nouns were audibly furnished with capital letters.This is because there are few, if any, particular grammatical properties that affect just the set of abstract nouns. One suspects that the reason for the recurrent mention of abstract nouns is the clash between their (abstract) meanings and the traditional definition of a noun as the 'name of a person, place or thing.' The existence of obvious nouns such as liberty, action, sin and time is a sore embarrassment to such a definition, and the pragmatic response has been to apply a distinctive label to the problematic words." "' It represents Discipline,' said Mr. ' But the latter notion is fallacious.'"' No doubt,' said Fen.He perceived that this incipient homily required punctuation rather than argument."' Fallacious,' Mr.There is, however, another kind, by no means uncommon, in which one person sucks the vitality of the other, one receives what the other gives, but gives almost nothing in return.Some very vital people belong to this bloodsucking type.There is no logical impossibility in the hypothesis that the world sprang into being five minutes ago, exactly as it then was, with a population that "remembered" a wholly unreal past.There is no logically necessary connection between events at different times; therefore nothing that is happening now or will happen in the future can disprove the hypothesis that the world began five minutes ago.