acceptance: n; 4. People expect others to suffer their ignorance, yet rarely, and only with great difficulty, will they accept the knowledge of another.


brilliance: n; There are things so luminous we must close our eyes in order to see them clearly.

commentator: n; 2. Beneath the pen of the commentator, where the paper is equivalent to a dissection table, a work of art is dismembered. As beauty will never be found by examining the entrails of what was once living, it is evident that beauty is not at all what the commentator seeks, but rather a personal gratification and possible glorification following from such dismemberments. 3. A small man with his small ruler attempting to measure the immensity that surpasses him.

curiosity: n; 4. What does not engage my curiosity renders me porous to evil.

eternity: n; 9. Eternity reaches in through my open window and takes the glass of water that is on the table beneath the window. Eternity is always thirsty.

impediment: n; 2. The primary impediment to scientific advance is not religion, or political interference, or cultural ignorance, but obsolete science. And science is almost always obsolete.

qualification: n; 2. Instead of being creatively deflating, the existence of more and more writers, more and more artists, only serves to consolidate the certainty that I alone am qualified to articulate my experience.

thinking: v; 16. Wishful thinking is where problems ripen.


from A Personal Dictionary  Mike Schertzer, 1987 - 2023