“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now that’s a question.”
~ Neil Gaiman
“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.”
~ Henry David Thoreau
“Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.”
~ Alfred North Whitehead
Peter Deunov, Bulgarian Philosopher – July 11, 1864 – December 27, 1944
“Nothing in nature is by chance… Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.”
~ Baruch Spinoza
“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.”
~ Sri Aurobindo
There are two kinds of truths: truth of reasoning and truths of fact. Truths of reasoning are necessary and their opposite is impossible; those of fact are contingent and their opposite is possible.
~ Gottfried Leibniz
Nothing is more fairly distributed than common sense: no one thinks he needs more of it than he already has.
Life is the fire that burns and the sun that gives light. Life is the wind and the rain and the thunder in the sky. Life is matter and is earth, what is and what is not, and what beyond is in Eternty.
~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca
out the door
in order to
or is it
in a world
Jean-Paul Sartre, Philosopher – Born: June 21, 1905 – Died: April 15, 1980
“There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”
~ Soren Kierkegaard, Philosopher – B: May 5, 1813 – D: November 11, 1855
Francis Bacon, English philosopher and statesman (1561-1626)
“An honest politician will not be tolerated by a democracy unless he is very stupid … because only a very stupid man can honestly share the prejudices of more than half the nation.”
~ Bertrand Russell
“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
“The aim of human life is to know thyself. Think for yourself. Question authority. Think with your friends. Create, create new realities. Philosophy is a team sport. Philosophy is the ultimate, the ultimate aphrodisiac pleasure. Learning how to operate your brain, learning how to operate your mind, learning how to redesign chaos” – Timothy Leary
“An intelligent hell would be better than a stupid paradise.”
– Victor Hugo
See without looking,
hear without listening,
breathe without asking.
Books give a soul to the universe,
wings to the mind, flight to
the imagination, and life to
Sometimes you put walls up
not to keep people out,
but to see who cares enough
to break them down.
It is dangerous
to be right
when the government
Man: a being in search of meaning.
Roast beef, medium, is not only a food. It is a philosophy.
I and me
too deep in
To find yourself think for yourself.
There’s only one thing you can do: Toss your pebble in the river, watch it ripple, and know you have moved the ocean.
– K.M. Douglas
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
Young children are naturally so philosophical. They ask: ‘What is real? What is truth?’ They have to learn it; they don’t automatically know it. To them, it’s a game. You can study this for years in college, and yet you probably asked it when you were four or five years old.
– Sharon Creech
Wilhelm von Humbolt
Born: June 22, 1767 – Died: April 8, 1835
“Employ your time in
improving yourself by
other men’s writing so
that you shall come
easily by what others
have labored hard for.”
“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
– Dalai Lama
“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.”
Opinion is the medium between
knowledge and ignorance.
Others indeed may talk, and write,
and fight about liberty, and make
outward pretense to it; but the
free-thinker alone is truly free.
Wealth is like sea-water; the more
we drink, the thirstier we become;
and the same is true of fame.
Sir Arthur Charles Clarke
I live for today.
Tomorrow I will, that is if it comes, as we never know what will happen.
Yesterday, why dwell on it. It’s done. It’s history. What ever happened, happened. So why worry about it. Move on.
That’s my philosophy.
The Indian philosopher J. Krishnamurti once remarked that
observing without evaluating is the highest form of human
intelligence. When I first read this statement, the thought,
‘What nonsense!’ shot through my mind before I realized that
I had just made an evaluation.
— Marshall Rosenberg
Look, I really don’t want to wax philosophical, but I will say that
if you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to
jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life
is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if
you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy, or at
least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.
— Mel Brooks
Philosophy and Art both render the
invisible visible by imagination.
— George Henry Lewes
The Zen philosophy posits that ‘human beings suffer’ and ‘the cause of suffering is desire.’ The way to put an end to suffering is to stop wanting everything, all the time.
— Karl Albrecht
Socrates showed us that thinking the truth is not enough. Truth demands to be lived. –Americ Azevedo