Talk:Robert Wilson Lynd

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Wikipedia points to two Robert Lynds, and I am not sure which one is meant here. If anyone knows, disambiguating would be nice. MosheZadka 06:58, 12 Jun 2005 (UTC)

Robert Lynd may be

More research landed this in the lap of RWL. Enjoy! ~ MosheZadka (Talk) 13:17, 8 August 2005 (UTC)

Which, if any, Robert Lynd said this?[edit]

"In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence" is frequently attributed to a Robert Lynd. It sounds an appropriate metaphor for the sociologist observing "Middletown", but the 'net appears to adopt it literally and it's in the avian sections of quotes! Did either Lynd say or write it, if so where? [Added by]

The 'Net is lousy with unsourced quotations. I just corrected one site that thought the "short decisive war" quote was from the sociologist. You can almost never get sources (and rarely accurate quotes) from quote websites, which is why we're so focused on sourcing and verifying quotes here. I'm hoping to find out a little more about the essayist's quotes shortly; I may find something out about the sociologist in the process. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 12:30, 21 November 2005 (UTC)


  • The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.
  • There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
  • I am a confirmed believer in blessings in disguise. I prefer them undisguised when I myself happen to be the person blessed; in fact, I can scarcely recognize a blessing in disguise except when it is bestowed upon someone else.
  • It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf.