“People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.”
~ Michel Foucault
There are only three events in a man’s life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscience of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
-Jean de la Bruyere
“Genius and madness have something in common: both live in a world that is different from that which exists for everyone else.”
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“Thoughts become perception, perception becomes reality. Alter your thoughts, alter your reality.”
– William James
“A sentence is made up of words, a statement is made in words…. Statements are made, words or sentences are used.”
– J. L. Austin
“I don’t care whether animals are capable of thinking; all I care about is that they are capable of suffering!” – Jeremy Bentham
“According to the saying of an ancient philosopher, one should eat to live, and not live to eat” – Moliere
“We lose ourselves in what we read, only to return to ourselves, transformed and part of a more expansive world.” – Judith Butler
“Thinking begins when you ask really difficult questions.”
– Slavoj Žižek
A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.
~Michel de Montaigne – (1533-1592) French Philosopher & Writer
The idea that the poor should have
leisure has always been shocking
to the rich.
Bertrand Russell, In praise of
Idleness and other essays
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“He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher… or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.”
– Douglas Adams
“Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.” – Aristotle, http://www.bquot.es/s/1503
What can be shown, cannot be said.
“New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”
Zhuangzi 369 BC – 286 BC
A world is in danger, this planet is in great danger!
May 22, 1914-May 30, 1993
Composer, Musician, Philosopher, Pianist and Poet
Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumor or spread gossip.
In ancient Greece (469 – 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, “Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?”
“Wait a moment,” Socrates replied, “Before you tell me I’d like you to pass a little test. It’s called the Triple Filter Test.”
“Triple filter?” asked the acquaintance.
“That’s right,” Socrates continued, “Before you talk to me about Diogenes let’s take a moment to filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“No,” the man said, “Actually I just heard about it.”
“All right,” said Socrates, “So you don’t really know if it’s true or not. Now let’s try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?”
“No, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you’re not certain it’s true?”
The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, “You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?”
“No, not really.”
“Well,” concluded Socrates, “If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?”
The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was banging his wife.
My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down.
— Louisa May Alcott