To Be A Philosopher

“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

The Wise Man

“The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.”

~ Claude Levi-Strauss

The Truth Is Simple

People expect Byzantine, Machiavellian logic from politicians. But the truth is simple. Trial lawyers learn a good rule: ‘Don’t decide what you have to decide.’ That’s not evasion, it’s wisdom.

Mario Cuomo

Big Enough

“A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”

~ John C. Maxwell

Conquering Fear

“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” ~Bertrand Russell

Unpopular Essays (1950) “Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”

Real Wisdom ~ Leo Tolstoy

“Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know.”
~ Leo Tolstoy

Plato On Books

Books give a soul
to the universe,
wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination,
and life to everything.


Jack Kerouac

I came to a point where
I needed solitude and
just stop the machine
of thinking and enjoying
what they call living,
I just wanted to lie in
the grass and look at
the clouds.

Jack Kerouac