Philosophical Musings Quotes

Quotes tagged as "philosophical-musings" (showing 1-30 of 148)
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Oh, gentlemen, perhaps I really regard myself as an intelligent man only because throughout my entire life I've never been able to start or finish anything. Granted, granted I'm a babbler, a harmless, irksome babbler, as we all are. But what's to be done if the sole and express purpose of every intelligent man is babble--that is, a deliberate pouring from empty into void.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

Alberto Moravia
“ boredom might be described as a malady affecting external objects and consisting of a withering process; an almost instantaneous loss of vitality--just as though one saw a flower change in a few seconds from a bud to decay and dust.”
Alberto Moravia

“There is much that is strange, but nothing that surpasses man in strangeness”

Anton Chekhov
“They are all very serious people with stern expressions on their faces. They discuss nothing but important matters and like to philosophize a great deal, while at the same time everyone can see that the workers are detestably fed, sleep without suitable bedding, thirty to forty in a room with bedbugs everywhere, the stench, the dampness, and the moral corruption... Obviously all our fine talk has gone on simply to hoodwink ourselves and other people as well. Show me the day nurseries that they're talking about so much about. And where are the libraries? Why, they just write about nurseries and libraries in novels, while in fact not a single one even exists. What does exist is nothing but dirt, vulgarity, and a barbarian way of life... I dislike these terribly serious faces, they frighten me, and I'm afraid of serious conversations, too. We'd be better off if we all would just shut up for a while!”
Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

William Steig
“People are no damn good.”
William Steig, The Lonely Ones

“Solitude led to retrospective thinking, and if the past is what you are trying to get away from, then constant distractions in the present are needed.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

Aysha Taryam
“Why does it seem easier for us to accept reality when it is within the confinement of the animal kingdom yet so hard for us to face it in our?”
Aysha Taryam, The Opposite of Indifference: A Collection of Commentaries

“Scott glanced at his watch but didn't register what it said. The notion of time had become as absurd as the quietly glowing trees.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

“Expressing doubt is how we begin a journey to discover essential truths.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“Deciding to wait, Scott sat down with a pint away from the bar at a corner table and lit a cigarette. The clientele in there on Sunday afternoon were the same as most other afternoons. From middle-aged to old men, drinking and cursing at the world like it was the last bus which had just left the stop without them.”
R.D. Ronald, The Elephant Tree

Linda Collison
“Like billiard balls colliding our courses were altered.”
Linda Collison, Star-Crossed

Jack Sanger
“Knowing the true isolation of being marks the beginning of love for others.”
Jack Sanger, Azimuth: The Second Journey

Cornelia "Connie" DeDona
“Leftie loosely is the way
to relax a set old screw
as rightie tightly thinks
new bullshit to pursue”
Cornelia "Connie" DeDona

Melissa McPhail
“Dare not trust Love to lead you. Love will stay the course, even to the edge of doom.”
Melissa McPhail, Kingdom Blades

Melissa McPhail
“You cannot sculpt a piece into a Player. A Player must mold himself out of fortitude and conviction.”
Melissa McPhail, Kingdom Blades

Jens Christian Grøndahl
“If you can't say yes, you've already said no.”
Jens Christian Grøndahl, An Altered Light

“If you seriously believe that your imaginary guy up in the sky told you to kill people of a differing faith and religion, your illusory pal is a dickhead. And of course and therefore, analogically speaking, so are you, shithead.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

Alexander McCall Smith
“Who is happier, those who are aware, and doubt, or those who are sure of what they believe in, and have never doubted or questioned it? The answer, she had concluded, was that this had nothing to do with happiness, which came upon you like the weather, determined by your personlaity.”
Alexander McCall Smith, The Sunday Philosophy Club

“Ironic that rarely is anybody a jihadi until he has thoroughly read and fully understood his holy book.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“Forgiveness sets the offended free, to live, love and to be loved.”
Rev. Joaquin R. Larriba

“If you say your ancestral god is true, well then, my imaginary pal up there, Mr. NOT, is too. Oh! And my Mr. NOT says it is the duty of his ism's faithful to kick the butt of every other god, and of this illusory fellow's followers, like you. NOW, is ALL THIS it okay with YOU?”
Fakeer Ishavardas

Scott Davis Howard
“And speaking of fair, why is it we use
A new set of words for female abuse,
Different from men, and twice as offensive,
That often puts women upon the defensive?
And their best defense, sometimes is attack
And then they all hurl the same insults back
Upon other women, and judge them as harshly
As they were once judged, incredibly starkly,
And so they begin the whole cycle once more”
Scott Davis Howard, The Minstrel's Tale: A Comedy of Genders

“The truth is a farthing distance from god-ism and atheism. Were both of them, the religious nuts and the atheist bull-heads to stop farting, they would at the very least get a farthing of the Truth.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“My god, Mr. NOT, would like to kiss your inherited fancy, the only God. Could you forward the address of your pal up there? If you do not, then, my personal fancy says it is my fundamental religious duty to religiously kick yours, and his ass!”
Fakeer Ishavardas

“What could I possibly tell you. Religious nuts know it all. But for one thing - that they are butt-holes.”
Fakeer Ishavardas

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