Philosophy Quotes

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Quote words that affirm all men and women are your brothers and sisters.
“Quote words that affirm
all men and women are your
brothers and sisters.”
Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

John Guare
“I believe that the imagination is the passport we create to take us into the real world. I believe the imagination is another phrase for what is most uniquely us.”
John Guare, Six Degrees of Separation

Ayn Rand
“An attempt to achieve the good by force is like an attempt to provide a man with a picture gallery at the price of cutting out his eyes.”
Ayn Rand

Paul Tillich
“Astonishment is the root of philosophy.”
Paul Tillich

Teresa of Ávila
“Vivo sin vivir en mí... muero porque no muero. (I live without really being alive... I die because I am not dying.)”
Teresa of Ávila

Guy Debord
“The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive… compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.”
Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

“O dear Pan and all the other gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him.”
Plato, Phaedrus

John Stuart Mill
“There are many who consider as an injury to themselves any conduct which they have a distaste for, and resent it as an outrage to their feelings; as a religious bigot, when charged with disregarding the religious feelings of others, has been known to retort that they disregard his feelings, by persisting in their abominable worship or creed. But there is no parity between the feeling of a person for his own opinion, and the feeling of another who is offended at his holding it; no more than between the desire of a thief to take a purse, and the desire of the right owner to keep it. And a person's taste is as much his own peculiar concern as his opinion or his purse. It is easy for any one to imagine an ideal public, which leaves the freedom and choice of individuals in all uncertain matters undisturbed, and only requires them to abstain from modes of conduct which universal experience has condemned. But where has there been seen a public which set any such limit to its censorship? or when does the public trouble itself about universal experience. In its interferences with personal conduct it is seldom thinking of anything but the enormity of acting or feeling differently from itself; and this standard of judgment, thinly disguised, is held up to mankind as the dictate of religion and philosophy, by nine tenths of all moralists and speculative writers. These teach that things are right because they are right; because we feel them to be so. They tell us to search in our own minds and hearts for laws of conduct binding on ourselves and on all others. What can the poor public do but apply these instructions, and make their own personal feelings of good and evil, if they are tolerably unanimous in them, obligatory on all the world?”
John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

Ayn Rand
“Your moral code begins by damning man as evil, then demands that he practice a good which it defines as impossible for him to practice…It demands that he starts, not with a standard of value, but with a standard of evil, which is himself, by means of which he is then to define the good: the good is that which he is not.

A sin without volition is a slap at morality and an isolent contradiction in terms: that which is outside the possibility of choice is outside the province of morality. If man is evil by birth, he has no will, no power to change it; if he has no will, he can be neither good nor evil; a robot is amoral. To hold a man’s sin, a fact not open to his choice is a mockery of morality…To punish him for a crime he committed before he was born is a mockery of justice. To hold him guilty in a matter where no innocence exists is a mockery of reason.

(The) myth decleares that he ate the fruit of the tree of knowledge-he acquired a mind and became a rational being. It was the knowledge of good and evil-he became a moral being…The evils for which they damn him are reasn, morality, creativeness, joy-all the cardinal values of his existence….the essence of his nature as a man. Whatever he was- that robot in the Garden of Eden, who existed without mind, without values, without labor, without love- he was not a man.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
“The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. Whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles.”
Ayn Rand

Stephen R. Covey
“They [Nazi captors]had more liberty, more options to choose from in their environment; but he [Viktor Frankl] had more freedom, more internal power to exercise his options.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Friedrich Nietzsche
“All modern philosophizing is political, policed by governments, churches, academics, custom, fashion, and human cowardice, all off which limit it to a fake learnedness.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks

Joseph Bruchac
“We need to walk to know sacred places, those around us and those within. We need to walk to remember the songs.”
Joseph Bruchac

Susan Neiman
“As long as your ideas of what's possible are limited by what's actual, no other idea has a chance.”
Susan Neiman, Moral Clarity: A Guide for Grown-up Idealists

Tom Robbins
“Personally, I prefer Stevie Wonder," confessed the Chink, "but what the hell. Those cowgirls are always bitching because the only radio station in the area plays nothing but polkas, but I say you can dance to anything if you really feel like dancing." To prove it, he got up and danced to the news.”
Tom Robbins, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

“People do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre.”

John Myers Myers
“Every man knows that he will die: and nobody believes it. On that paradox stand not only a host of religions but the entity of a sane being.”
John Myers Myers

محمد عفيفي مطر
“فى طرق السعى الباطل مركبتـــــــــان
واحدة تصعد فى الطرق الجبليه ...
والاخرى تهوى فى القيعان”
محمد عفيفي مطر

William James
“the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess sucess is our national disease”
William James

John Stuart Mill
“The art of music is good, for the reason, among others, that it produces pleasure; but what proof is it possible to give that pleasure is good? If, then, it is asserted that there is a comprehensive formula, including all things which are in themselves good, and that whatever else is good, is not so as an end, but as a mean, the formula may be accepted or rejected, but is not a subject of what is commonly understood by proof.”
John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism

Blaise Pascal
“The world is a good judge of things, for it is in natural ignorance, which is man's true state. The sciences have two extremes which meet. The first is the pure natural ignorance in which all men find themselves at birth. The other extreme is that reached by great intellects, who, having run through all that men can know, find they know nothing, and come back again to that same ignorance from which they set out; but this is a learned ignorance which is conscious of itself. Those between the two, who have departed from natural ignorance and not been able to reach the other, have some smattering of this vain knowledge and pretend to be wise. These trouble the world and are bad judges of everything. The people and the wise constitute the world; these despise it, and are despised. They judge badly of everything, and the world judges rightly of them.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Lauren Weisberger
“How could someone possibly be that beautiful? She wondered for the hundred thousandth time. What higher power orchestrated such a perfect union of genes? Who decided that one single solitary soul deserved skin like that? It was so fundamentally unfair.(Chasing Harry Winston)”
Lauren Weisberger

“Think of me as an impetuous Hegel, drunk with power, and also, regular drunk.”
Eugene Mirman, The Will to Whatevs: A Guide to Modern Life

“Etre dans le vent, c'est avoir le destin des feuilles mortes.”
Jean Guitton

Salman Rushdie
“He did not wish to be divine. If there had never been a God, the emperor thought, it might have been easier to work out what goodness was. This business of worship, of the abnegation of self in the face of the Almighty, was a distraction, a false trail. Wherever goodness lay, it did not lie in ritual, unthinking obeisance before a deity but rather, perhaps, in the slow, clumsy, error-strewn working out of an individual or collective path.”
Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence

Olaf Stapledon
“There is much in this vision that will remind you of your mystics; yet between them and us there is far more difference than similarity, in respect both of the matter and the manner of our thought. For while they are confident that the cosmos is perfect, we are sure only that it is very beautiful. While they pass to their conclusion without the aid of intellect, we have used that staff every step of the way. Thus, even when in respect of conclusions we agree with your mystics rather than your plodding intellectuals, in respect of method we applaud most your intellectuals; for they scorned to deceive themselves with comfortable fantasies.”
Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men

“...much theological discussion is wasted, not because the words used have no possible meaning, but because the people who use them don't mean anything by them.”
Rosemary Haughton, The Transformation of Man

William Bailey
“A false-statement requires deceit and distortion for someone to buy it, but a truthful-statement sells itself.”
William Bailey, Great Ship of Knowledge: Learning Earth's Deathly History

Aidan Chambers
“Maybe we should always start everything from the inside and work to the outside, and not from the outside to the inside. What d'you think?”
Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man's Land

“Good authors worry about genres great authors don't.”
Frank X. Gaspar

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