Some classic Fortean quotes:
Here is a small and fairly random collection of my favourite quotes from Charles Fort's books (principally from _The Book of the Damned_ and _Lo!_). They blend in equal measure profound insight and playful whimsy.
Hope you enjoy them as much as I still do!
I do not know how to find out anything new without being offensive.
The tendency that I point out is that of so often rejecting both data and an explanation, simply because one rejects the explanation.
Now the hypnosis of the classic - that what we call intelligence is only an expression of inequilibrium; that when mental adjustments are made, intelligence ceases - or, of course, that intelligence is the confession of ignorance. If you have intelligence upon any subject, that is something you're still learning.
A secret of power -
An opinion is a matter of evidence, but evidence is a matter of opinion.
Almost everybody has a hankering for mysteries, but it is likely to be an abstract hankering, and when a mystery comes up in one's own experience, one is likely to treat it in a way that warns everybody else that one is not easily imposed upon.
Lies, yarns, hoaxes, mistakes - what's the specific gravity of a lie, and how am I to segregate?
It's the bane of psychic research. If there be psychic phenomena, there must be fraudulent psychic phenomena.
I shall have to accept, myself, that gelatinous substance has often fallen from the sky.
Or that, far up, or far away, the whole sky is gelatinous?
I think, myself, that it would be absurd to say that the whole sky is gelatinous: it seems more acceptable that only certain areas are.