Every one of us human beings has two minds. One is totally ours, and it is like a faint voice that always brings us order, directness, purpose
The other mind is a foreign installation. It brings us conflict, self-assertion, doubts, hopelessness: it’s ourselves as the me-me center of the world
Sorcerers’ aspirations are to reach infinity, and to be conscious of it. The task of sorcerers is to face infinity. They plunge into it daily, as a fisherman plunges into the sea. It is such an overwhelming task that sorcerers have to state their names before venturing into it. In this manner, they assert their individuality in front of the infinite.
Sorcerers never say things idly. I am most careful about what I say to you or to anybody else. The difference between you and me is that I don’t have any time at all, and I act accordingly. You, on the other hand, believe that you have all the time in the world, and you act accordingly. The end result of our individual behaviors is that I measure everything I do and say, and you don’t.
What is important is the exercise of discipline. It doesn’t make any difference, for example, how good a reader a student is, and how many wonderful books he can read. What’s important is that he has the discipline to read what he doesn’t want to read. The crux of the sorcerers’ exercise of going to school is in what you refuse, not in what you accept.