As to free will and intermediatism

As to free will and Intermediatism–same answer as to everything else. By free will we mean Independence–or that which does not merge away into something else–so, in Intermediateness, neither free-will nor slave-will–but a different approximation for every so-called person toward one or the other of the extremes. The hackneyed way of expressing this seems to me to be the acceptable way, if in Intermediateness, there is only the paradoxical: that we’re free to do what we have to do.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, pp212-213 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Quartz is upon the index prohibitory of science

Quartz is upon the ‘index prohibitory’ of Science. A monk who would read Darwin would sin no more than would a scientist who would admit that, except by the ‘up and down’ process, quartz has ever fallen from the sky. …It’s as epicurean a distinction as any ever made by theologians.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p118 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, 1974).

In all water there is some earth

In all water there is some earth: in all earth there is some water.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p6. (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

Whether acceptable or too preposterous to be

Whether acceptable, or too preposterous to be thought of, our data are of rabbles of living things that have been seen in the sky; also of processions of military beings…ships from other worlds that have been seen by millions of the inhabitants of this earth…signals from the moon…definitely reported and, in some instances, multitudinously witnessed, events that have been disregarded by our opposition–A scientific priestcraft–“Thou shalt not!” is crystallized in its frozen textbooks.

Charles Fort, New Lands, p315 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974)

I think that we’re fished for

I think that we’re fished for. It may be that we’re highly esteemed by super-epicures somewhere. It makes me more cheerful when I think that we may be of some use after all.

Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned