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In science one must search for ideas. If there are no ideas, there is no science. A knowledge of facts is only valuable in so far as facts conceal ideas: facts without ideas are just the sweepings of the brain and the memory.
Without the striving for infinity there is no life, no development, and no progress.
In science you must look for ideas. No ideas, no science. Knowledge of the facts is precious, because facts are laden with ideas. Facts without ideas are tripe for the brain and for the memory.
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Just as it is true that a stream cannot rise above its source, so it is true that a national literature cannot rise above the moral level of the social conditions of the people from whom it derives its inspiration.
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June 7, 1848
Vissarion Grigoryevich Belinsky was a Russian literary critic of Westernizing tendency. He was an associate of Alexander Herzen, Mikhail Bakunin, and other critical intellectuals.
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