Philosophical Quotes

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Abraham Lincoln
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.”
Abraham Lincoln

Edna O'Brien
“Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.”
Edna O'Brien, In the Forest

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Max Ehrmann
“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.”
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Friedrich Nietzsche
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
Friedrich Nietzsche

“It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so fucking what."

[I saw hate in a graveyard -- Stephen Fry, The Guardian, 5 June 2005]”
Stephen Fry

Richard P. Feynman
“I... a universe of atoms, an atom in the universe.”
Richard P. Feynman

Albert Camus
“The most important thing you do everyday you live is deciding not to kill yourself.”
Albert Camus

Karl Marx
“The foundation of irreligious criticism is: Man makes religion, religion does not make man. Religion is, indeed, the self-consciousness and self-esteem of man who has either not yet won through to himself, or has already lost himself again. But man is no abstract being squatting outside the world. Man is the world of man – state, society. This state and this society produce religion, which is an inverted consciousness of the world, because they are an inverted world...

Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. To call on them to give up their illusions about their condition is to call on them to give up a condition that requires illusions. The criticism of religion is, therefore, in embryo, the criticism of that vale of tears of which religion is the halo.

Criticism has plucked the imaginary flowers on the chain not in order that man shall continue to bear that chain without fantasy or consolation, but so that he shall throw off the chain and pluck the living flower. The criticism of religion disillusions man, so that he will think, act, and fashion his reality like a man who has discarded his illusions and regained his senses, so that he will move around himself as his own true Sun. Religion is only the illusory Sun which revolves around man as long as he does not revolve around himself.”
Karl Marx, Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

“The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.”

Franz Kafka
“Most men are not wicked... They are sleep-walkers, not evil evildoers.”
Franz Kafka

Albert Camus
“It is better to burn than to disappear.”
Albert Camus, The Stranger

“Death twitches my ear;
'Live,' he says...
'I'm coming.”

“No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.”
Carroll Bryant

Isobelle Carmody
“The deepest wounds aren't the ones we get from other people hurting us. They are the wounds we give ourselves when we hurt other people.”
Isobelle Carmody, Alyzon Whitestarr

Stephen King
“What we like to think of ourselves and what we really are rarely have much in common....”
Stephen King, The Drawing of the Three

Cormac McCarthy
“Where men can't live gods fare no better.”
Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Gabriel García Márquez
“Things have a life of their own," the gypsy proclaimed with a harsh accent. "It's simply a matter of waking up their souls.”
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Bertrand Russell
“There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths. Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting. But he dare not face this thought! Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.”
Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics

Roald Dahl
“Having power is not nearly as important as what you choose to do with it.”
Roald Dahl

Samuel Beckett
“Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
Samuel Beckett

Steven Erikson
“Destiny is a lie. Destiny is justification for atrocity. It is the means by which murderers armour themselves against reprimand. It is a word intended to stand in place of ethics, denying all moral context.”
Steven Erikson, Midnight Tides

Gustave Flaubert
“Deep down, all the while, she was waiting for something to happen. Like a sailor in distress, she kept casting desperate glances over the solitary waster of her life, seeking some white sail in the distant mists of the horizon. She had no idea by what wind it would reach her, toward what shore it would bear her, or what kind of craft it would be – tiny boat or towering vessel, laden with heartbreaks or filled to the gunwhales with rapture. But every morning when she awoke she hoped that today would be the day; she listened for every sound, gave sudden starts, was surprised when nothing happened; and then, sadder with each succeeding sunset, she longed for tomorrow.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Jules Verne
“If there were no thunder, men would have little fear of lightning.”
Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Max Ehrmann
“Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.”
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

Victor Hugo
“Every bird that flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

Marc Jampole
“You can’t save anyone who wouldn’t save themselves without you. It’s the
hardest lesson to learn in life, take it from me.”
Marc Jampole

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