A Test of “Profound Statements”

“The test of the intelligibility of any statement that overwhelms us with its air of profundity is its translatability into language that lacks the elevation and verve of the original statement but can pass muster as a simple and clear statement in ordinary everyday speech.” — Six Great Ideas by Mortimer J. Adler


Profundity: the quality or state of being profound; depth

Verve: enthusiasm or vigor, liveliness; animation

Pass muster: to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate

Here is a related blog: Misty Profundity

One Response to “A Test of “Profound Statements””

  1. Misty Profundity « Diverse Thoughts Says:

    […] “It is a safe rule to apply that, when an author writes with a misty profundity, he is talking nonsense.” Here’s a related blog: https://rogercostello.wordpress.com/2007/07/06/a-test-of-profound-statements/ […]

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