Philsophy Quotes

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Thomas Aquinas
“The study of truth requires a considerable effort - which is why few are willing to undertake it out of love of knowledge - despite the fact that God has implanted a natural appetite for such knowledge in the minds of men.”
St. Thomas Aquinas, Summa Contra Gentiles

Emil M. Cioran
“My soul is chaos, how can it be at all? There is everything in me: search and you will find out. I am a fossil dating from the beginning of the world: not all of its elements have completely crystallized, and initial chaos still shows through. I am absolute contradiction, climax of antinomies, the last limit of tension; in me anything is possible, for I am he who at the supreme moment, in front of absolute nothingness, will laugh.”
Emil Cioran, On the Heights of Despair

John Stuart Mill
“Experience has taught me that those who give their time to the absorbing claims of what is called society, not having leisure to keep up a large acquaintance with the organs of opinion, remain much more ignorant of the general state either of the public mind, or of the active and instructed part of it, than a recluse who reads the newspapers need be. ”
John Stuart Mill, The Autobiography

“A man who does not question his own judgment, society, and who flourishes between deceit and bewilderment, fails his moral responsibility as a rational being.”
Duop Chak Wuol

Chrystal Vaughan
“Sometimes life asks us to make more serious choices than whether or not to believe a fairy tale”
Chrystal Vaughan, Sideshow

Slavoj Žižek
“Therein resides the fundamental systemic violence of capitalism, much more uncanny than direct pre-capitalist socio-ideological violence: its violence is no longer attributable to concrete individuals with their 'evil' intentions, but is purely 'objective,' systemic, anonymous--quite literally a conceptual violence, the violence of a Concept whose self-deployment rules and regulates social realty.”
Slavoj Žižek

Debasish Mridha
“The more you know, the more you yearn for knowledge.”
Debasish Mridha

Amit Kalantri
“Either loyalty and love are same things, or loyalty is certainly a better kind of love than love.”
Amit Kalantri

Debasish Mridha
“It is not impossible to live in love, with love, for love and then become love.”
Debasish Mridha

Debasish Mridha
“Love the world as the mother loves her little child.”
Debasish Mridha

Emil M. Cioran
“The notion that it would have been better never to exist is among those which meet with the most opposition. Every man, incapable of seeing himself except from inside, regards himself as necessary, even indispensable, every man feels and perceives himself as an absolute reality, as a whole, as the whole. The moment we identify ourselves entirely with our being, we react like God, we are God.
It is only when we live at once within and on the margins of ourselves that we can conceive, quite calmly, that it would have been preferable that the accident we are should never have occurred.”
Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Craig  Stone
“A person dies every second, but there’s also a six year old somewhere, every second, trying to move an apple with his mind.”
craig stone, Life Knocks

“The years in captivity fuels character development”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Sergio Troncoso
“A narcissist with power will attempt to prove in the world only what is already in his head. He can't 'see' otherwise. For him, the 'outside world' is not beyond him and does not question or challenge him and his ideas. He is the world. Others will assent to his distorted worldview, because he is powerful, not because he is believable. If he possesses any reflection, that will be exactly what will gnaw at the narcissist with power most of all: his 'truths' are inauthentic, and he is a human being without integrity. The very narcissism and power he possesses prevent him from an ongoing relationship with the truth, which begins with self-humility and the curiosity this can create in a person.”
Sergio Troncoso

“The goal of pyrrhonist skepticism according to Sextus Empiricus is ataraxia (peace of mind) through epoche, the suspension of dogmatic judgments. Dogmatic judgments concern things non-evident, most important any alleged truth about things beyond or behind their appearance.”
Paul Kjellberg, Essays on Skepticism, Relativism, and Ethics in the Zhuangzi

Rumer Godden
“And I still think,” said Olivia, “that it’s better to try and fail, doing what you want to do, than not to try.” She could not explain it more clearly that that but she knew it was the trying that was important; even if it fails, it goes to swell the sum total of trying, as a martyr’s faith, even if he is killed for it, swells the faith of everyone.”
Rumer Godden, An Episode of Sparrows

Emil M. Cioran
“Death is not altogether useless: after all, it is because of death that we may be able to recuperate the prenatal space, our only space....”
Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Fyodor Dostoevsky
“and—and is it really impossible to be unhappy? Oh, what are my grief and my trouble, if I am able to be happy? You know, I don’t understand how it’s possible to pass by a tree and not be happy to see it. To talk with a man and not be happy that you love him! Oh, I only don’t know how to say it... but there are so many things at every step that are so beautiful, that even the most confused person finds beautiful. Look at a child, look at God’s sunrise, look at the grass growing, look into the eyes that are looking at you and love you...”
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot

Ferdinand von Schirach
“Aber was bedeutet das? Hat das Leben tatsächlich keinen Richter über sich? Und wenn doch? Ist es nicht möglich, dass wir uns irren? Wir wissen es nicht. Wir müssen uns also damit abfinden, dass es genauso töricht ist, zu sagen, das Leben habe einen Sinn, wie das Gegenteil.
- S. 86”
Ferdinand von Schirach, Kaffee und Zigaretten

Samuel Butler
“So engrained in the human heart is the desire to believe that some people really do know what they say they know, and can thus save them from the trouble of thinking for themselves, that in a short time would-be philosophers and faddists became more powerful than ever, and gradually led their countrymen to accept all those absurd views of life, some account of which I have given in my earlier chapters. Indeed I can see no hope for the Erewhonians till they have got to understand that reason uncorrected by instinct is as bad as instinct uncorrected by reason.”
Samuel Butler, Erewhon

Mary  Stewart
“I think the secret is that it belongs to all of us - to us of the West. We've learned to think in its terms, and to live in its laws. It's given us almost everything that our world has that is worthwhile. Truth, straight thinking, freedom, beauty. It's our second language, our second line of thought, our second country. We all have our own country -- and Greece.”
Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael

“Mind operates on matter in the same way as photons do. That’s because photons are in fact the carriers of mind! The mind stays in the frequency domain while still having an impact on spacetime, and interacting with matter. Photons are “force particles” (bosons) operating on “matter particles” (fermions). We could equally say that photons are “frequency mind particles” operating on “spacetime matter particles”. Light is thought.”
Mike Hockney, Ontological Mathematics: How to Create the Universe

Whittaker Chambers
“Sometimes, of a spring evening, Papa would hear that distant honking that always makes his scalp tingle, and we would all rush out to see the geese, in lines of hundreds, steer up from the southwest, turn over the barn as over a landmark, and head into the north. Or on autumn nights of sudden cold that set the ewes breeding in the orchard, Papa would call you out of the house to stand with him in the now celebrated pumpkin patch and watch the northern lights flicker in electric clouds on the horizon, mount, die down, fade and mount again till they filled the whole northern sky with ghostly light in motion.

Thus, as children, you experienced two of the most important things men ever know—the wonder of life and the wonder of the universe, the wonder of life within the wonder of the universe. More importantly, you knew them not from books, not from lectures, but simply from living among them. Most important, you knew them with reverence and awe—that reverence and awe that has died out of the modern world and has been replaced by man’s monkeylike amazement at the cleverness of his own inventive brain…..

I have great silent thanks to God. For I knew that if, as children, you could thus feel in your souls the reverence and awe for life and the world, which is the ultimate meaning of Beethoven and Shakespeare, as a man and woman you could never be satisfied with less.”
Whittaker Chambers, Witness

Jason Daniel Chaplin
“The world doesn't need more philosophers. It needs an army of servants who're willing to selflessly give their lives to a cause that is greater than their individual selves.”
Jason Daniel Chaplin

Emil M. Cioran
“The appetite for torment is for some what the lure of gain is for others.”
Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

Emil M. Cioran
“Someone we regard highly comes closer to us when he performs an action unworthy of him--thereby he releases us from the cavalry of veneration. And starting from that moment we feel a true attachment to him.”
Emil M. Cioran, The Trouble with Being Born

“„Jedes Leben umfasst Millionen von Entscheidungen. Manche groß, manche klein. Doch jedes Mal, wenn man einer Entscheidung den Vorzug vor einer anderen gibt, verschiebt sich das Resultat. Es tritt eine irreversible Veränderung ein, die wiederum zu weiteren Veränderungen führt. Diese Bücher sind Portale zu all den Leben, die dir offengestanden hätten.“
- S. 43”
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Ferdinand von Schirach
“Gott ist allgütig und allmächtig. Aber wenn er das Böse erschaffen hat, kann er kein gütiger Gott sein. Und wenn er das Böse nicht erschaffen hat, aber nicht verhindern konnte, dann ist er nicht allmächtig.
- S. 132”
Ferdinand von Schirach, Kaffee und Zigaretten

“I gave up everything I spent 33 years working towards on my quest to separate from the reality of death.”
Aaron Kyle Andresen, How Dad Found Himself in the Padded Room: A Bipolar Father's Gift For The World

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