Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense to that life, the empty space, the gap, is enormous.
– John Berger
The modern mind is quite sufficiently familiarized with the ideas of individuality and personality. We might well ask ourselves whether their importance has not been somewhat exaggerated–no doubt as a kind of reaction against the evils of mass production.
–Etienne Gilson, The Spirit of Mediaeval Philosophy