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Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.
Plato men
Quotations from Aristotle are often cited by , which are keyed to the original Greek and therefore independent of the translation used.
Aristotle end
Death is a friend of ours; and he that is not ready to entertain him is not at home.
Francis Bacon home
At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart's desire without transgressing the norm.
Confucius art
If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories...
Karl Popper hate
Mathematics would certainly have not come into existence if one had known from the beginning that there was in nature no exactly straight line, no actual circle, no absolute magnitude.
Friedrich Nietzsche nature
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
Ludwig Wittgenstein joy
What isis easy to get, and What is terrible is easy to endure.
Epicurus end
History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
Thomas Carlyle story
It is difficulties that show what men are.
Epictetus men
In fact, the whole machinery of our intelligence, our general ideas and laws, fixed and external objects, principles, persons, and gods, are so many symbolic, algebraic expressions. They stand for experience; experience which we are incapable of retaining and surveying in its multitudinous immediacy. We should flounder hopelessly, like the animals, did we not keep ourselves afloat and direct our course by these intellectual devices. Theory helps us to bear our ignorance of fact.
George Santayana god
Isolation is the worst possible counselor.
Miguel de Unamuno possible
It really is a nice theory. The only defect I think it has is probably common to all philosophical theories. It's wrong.
Saul Kripke philosophical
A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
Jean Jacques Rousseau liberty
Romanian title: Pe culmile disper
Emil Cioran man
A wise man's kingdom is his own breast: or, if he ever looks farther, it will only be to the judgment of a select few, who are free from prejudices, and capable of examining his work. Nothing indeed can be a stronger presumption of falsehood than the approbation of the multitude; and Phocion, you know, always suspected himself of some blunder when he was attended with the applauses of the populace.
David Hume art
Every man may claim the fullest liberty to exercise his faculties compatible with the possession of like liberties by every other man.
Herbert Spencer man
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Gautama Buddha death
To the quiet mind all things are possible.
Meister Eckhart mind
Receive, O Lord, in its totality the Host which creation, drawn by your magnetism, presents to you at the dawn of a new day.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin creation
To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue.
Pierre Joseph Proudhon knowledge
By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful. For this appears to me the safest answer to give both to myself and others; and adhering to this, I think that I shall never fall, but that it is a safe answer both for me and any one else to give — that by means of beauty beautiful things become beautiful.
Socrates beauty
Not , not , not the consideration of expediency, notand conscientiousness, but an unquenchable, unhappy thirst that brooks no compromise leads us to .
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel happy
Everything flows, nothing stands still.
Heraclitus
The colour and flavour of certain places cannot be dissociated from the always unexpected social level on which we find ourselves in experiencing them.
Claude Levi Strauss unexpected
Form is a theatrical event of a certain length, and the length itself may be unpredictable.
Christian Wolff self
Political economy came into being as a natural result of the expansion of trade, and with its appearance elementary, unscientific huckstering was replaced by a developed system of licensed fraud, an entire science of enrichment.
Friedrich Engels science
There cannot any one be propos'd, whereof amay not justly demand a .
John Locke man
[T]ruly to escape Hegel involves an exact appreciation of the price we have to pay to detach ourselves from him. It assumes that we are aware of the extent to which Hegel, insidiously perhaps, is close to us; it implies a knowledge, in that which permits us to think against Hegel, of that which remains Hegelian. We have to determine the extent to which our anti-Hegelianism is possibly one of his tricks directed against us, at the end of which he stands, motionless, waiting for us.
Michel Foucault knowledge
In fact, of course, science is an unparalleled playground of the imagination, populated by unlikely characters with wonderful names (messenger RNA, black holes, quarks) and capable of performing the most amazing deeds: sub-atomic whirling dervishes that can be in several places - everywhere and nowhere - at the same time; molecular hoop-snakes biting their own tails; self-copying spiral staircases bearing coded instructions; miniature keys searching for the locks in which they fit, on floating odysseys in a trillion synaptic gulfs.
Daniel Dennett science
There's no need to fear or hope, but only to look for new weapons.
Gilles Deleuze hope
There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Thomas Aquinas friendship
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi art
At Athens, wise men propose, and fools dispose.
Alcuin men
Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali path
Ideology has very little to do with 'consciousness' - it is profoundly unconscious.
Louis Althusser consciousness
Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.
Anaxagoras
As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
Antisthenes passion
The trouble with lying and deceiving is that their efficiency depends entirely upon a clear notion of the truth that the liar and deceiver wishes to hide.
Hannah Arendt truth
Foreknowledge of the future makes it possible to manipulate both enemies and supporters.
Raymond Aron knowledge
India is the meeting place of the religions and among these Hinduism alone is by itself a vast and complex thing, not so much a religion as a great diversified and yet subtly unified mass of spiritual thought, realization and aspiration.
Sri Aurobindo religion
In the one defence, briefly, we accept responsibility but deny that it was bad: in the other, we admit that it was bad but don't accept full, or even any, responsibility.
J. L. Austin responsibility
Now it is established in the sciences that no knowledge is acquired save through the study of its causes and beginnings, if it has had causes and beginnings; nor completed except by knowledge of its accidents and accompanying essentials.
Avicenna knowledge
One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
Gaston Bachelard past
All science requires mathematics. The knowledge of mathematical things is almost innate in us. This is the easiest of sciences, a fact which is obvious in that no one's brain rejects it; for laymen and people who are utterly illiterate know how to count and reckon.
Roger Bacon knowledge
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
Mikhail Bakunin love
Myth is neither a lie nor a confession: it is an inflexion.
Roland Barthes lie
There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
Jean Baudrillard innocence
The sight of nature fascinates, the family tie has a sweet enchantment and patriotism gives the religious spirit a fiery devotion to the powers that it reveres.
Bruno Bauer nature
It is pure illusion to think that an opinion that passes down from century to century, from generation to generation, may not be entirely false.
Pierre Bayle think
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
Walter Benjamin men
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.
Jeremy Bentham power
There is a tragic clash between Truth and the world. Pure undistorted truth burns up the world.
Nikolai Berdyaev truth
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Henri Bergson change
Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.
George Berkeley war
Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance - these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.
Isaiah Berlin time
The mind is the root from which all things grow if you can understand the mind, everything else is included.
Bodhidharma mind
Love is higher than the Highest. Love is greater than the Greatest. Yea, it is in a certain sense greater than God; while yet, in the highest sense of all, God is Love, and Love is God. Love being the highest principle is the virtue of all virtues; from whence they flow forth.
Jakob Bohme virtue
An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.
Martin Buber power
We act as if that being of a man or that being of a woman is actually an internal reality or something that is simply true about us, a fact about us, but actually it's a phenomenon that is being produced all the time and reproduced all the time, so to say gender is performative is to say that nobody really is a gender from the start.
Judith Butler time
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
Chanakya love
The world is a living image of God.
Tommaso Campanella world
Logic is the last scientific ingredient of Philosophy; its extraction leaves behind only a confusion of non-scientific, pseudo problems.
Rudolf Carnap action
Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination.
Carl von Clausewitz determination
Know yourself to improve yourself.
Auguste Comte self
Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus happiness
It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well.
Rene Descartes mind
When we examine the opinions of men, we find that nothing is more uncommon than common sense; or, in other words, they lack judgment to discover plain truths or to reject absurdities and palpable contradictions.
Baron dHolbach truth
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
Guy Debord art
Whatever precautions you take so the photograph will look like this or that, there comes a moment when the photograph surprises you. It is the other's gaze that wins out and decides.
Jacques Derrida men
From the perspective of mere representation, the external world always remains only a phenomenon.
Wilhelm Dilthey men
Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself.
Desiderius Erasmus light
The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.
Empedocles nature
In coming closer to nature, man shows himself superior to it. As a mere part of nature, man's existence would be a series of isolated phenomena. All life would proceed from and depend on contact with the outside world.
Rudolf Christoph Eucken life
By philosophy the mind of man comes to itself, and from henceforth rests on itself without foreign aid, and is completely master of itself, as the dancer of his feet, or the boxer of his hands.
Johann Gottlieb Fichte philosophy
Artists in each of the arts seek after and care for nothing but love.
Marsilio Ficino love
The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
Charles Fourier women
It is not systematic education which somehow molds society, but, on the contrary, society which, according to its particular structure, shapes education in relation to the ends and interests of those who control the power in that society.
Paulo Freire education
The test of good manners is to be patient with the bad ones.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol man
Long before we understand ourselves through the process of self-examination, we understand ourselves in a self-evident way in the family, society and state in which we live.
Hans Georg Gadamer family
Life is a series of collisions with the future; it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
Jose Ortega y Gasset future
He that loves reading has everything within his reach.
William Godwin love
The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned.
Antonio Gramsci live
Each murder is one too many.
Jurgen Habermas man
Truth is the torch that gleams through the fog without dispelling it.
Claude Adrien Helvetius wit
Curiosity is the lust of the mind.
Thomas Hobbes mind
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Michel de Montaigne men
Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Sun Tzu you
Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.
Niccolo Machiavelli experience
One does not play Bach without having done scales. But neither does one play a scale merely for the sake of the scale.
Simone Weil wit
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
Soren Kierkegaard freedom
The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.
Joseph Priestley communication
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch man
What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did.
Peter Singer
Man conquers the world by conquering himself.
Zeno of Citium world
The great man is he that does not lose his childs heart.
Mencius art
Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
Maria Montessori courage
Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in few!
Pythagoras words
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
Wilhelm Von Humboldt joy
Pure phenomenology claims to be the science of pure phenomena. This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the eighteenth century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all.
Edmund Husserl science