Bernard Williams Quotes

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. Bernard Williams

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. Bernard Williams

In my experience of shame, the other sees all of me and all through me, even if the occasion of shame is on my surface – for instance, in my appearance; and the expression of shame, in general, as well as in the particular form of it that is embarrassment, is not just the desire to hide, or to hide my face, but the desire to disappear, not to be there. It is not even the wish, as people say, to sink through the floor, but rather the wish that the space occupied by me should be instantaneously empty. With guilt it is not like this. I am more dominated by the thought that even if I disappeared, it would come with me. Bernard Williams

For various reasons, education is being driven towards an increasing concentration on the technical and the commercial, to a point at which any more reflective enquiry may come to seem unnecessary and archaic, something that at best is preserved as part of the heritage industry. Bernard Williams