Michael posted some of these quotes on my spiritualscience list a while
back. I thought it worthwhile to combine them here. Dr. Steiner
describes the worthlessness of mere thinking ...
The World of the senses and the world of the spirit, lectures given
between December 27th and January 1st 1912.
" But now a man who has attained to a certain feeling of reverence, and
then, having experienced this feeling of reverence, wanted to press
forward with mere thought - such a man would again come to a
He would not be able to go any further. He would, it is true, make some
discoveries that were quite correct, and because he had gone through
these first two stages, he would with this correct knowledge have also
acquired many clearly and firmly established points of view.
But he would inevitably, for all that, soon fall into uncertainty. For a
third condition must take hold in the soul after we have experienced
wonder and reverence; and this third mood we may describe as -feeling
oneself in wisdom-filled harmony with the laws of the world.
And this feeling can be attained in no other way than by having insight
in the worthlessness of mere thinking."
(from: The world of the senses and the world of the spirit")
"For all real knowledge, that hopes to have a chance of coming to grips
with the riddles of the world, must grow out of the seed of wonder.
A man may be ever so clever a thinker, he may even suffer from a
superabundance of intelligence; if he has never passed through the stage
nothing will come of it. He will give you a cleverly thought-out
concatenation of ideas, containing nothing that is not correct - but
correctness does not necessary lead to reality.
It is absolutely essential that before we begin to think, before we so
much as begin to set our thinking in motion, we experience the condition
A thinking which is set in motion without the condition of wonder
remains nothing but a mere play of thought."