Monday, May 02, 2005

Philosophical Quotes

He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things are of one kin and of one form.  ~Marcus Aurelius If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.  ~Russian Proverb The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.  ~Bertrand RussellSome people walk in the rain, others just get wet.  ~Roger Miller It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.  ~James Thurber You cannot step into the same river twice.  ~Heraclitus, in Diogenes Laertius, Lives One day, someone showed me a glass of water that was half full.  And he said, "Is it half full or half empty?"  So I drank the water.  No more problem.  ~Alexander Jodorowsky Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.  ~Hippocrates, Aphorisms It takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.  ~Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, 1872 We waste a lot of time running after people we could have caught by just standing still.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.  ~Author Unknown I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning.  ~Aleister Crowley, Book of Lies You can see a lot by just looking.  ~Yogi Berra Proverbs often contradict one another, as any reader soon discovers.  The sagacity that advises us to look before we leap promptly warns us that if we hesitate we are lost; that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but out of sight, out of mind.  ~Leo Rosten Who depends on another man's table often dines late.  ~John Ray [T]hings are entirely what they appear to be and behind them... there is nothing.  ~Jean Paul Sartre, Nausea You become responsible forever for what you've tamed.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard When the pain is great enough, we will let anyone be doctor.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 If I make the lashes dark And the eyes more bright And the lips more scarlet, Or ask if all be right From mirror after mirror, No vanity's displayed: I'm looking for the face I had Before the world was made. ~W.B. Yeats A thousand men can't undress a naked man.  ~Greek Proverb We often repent the good we have done as well as the ill.  ~William Hazlitt, Characteristics, 1823 When I die, I will not see myself die, for the first time.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.  ~Buddha Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.  ~Santayana, Essays The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement.  But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.  ~Niels Bohr Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?  ~Maurice Freehill I believe that men are generally still a little afraid of the dark, though the witches are all hung, and Christianity and candles have been introduced.  ~Henry David Thoreau, "Solitude," Walden, 1854 Eggs cannot be unscrambled.  ~American Proverb A thing, until it is everything, is noise, and once it is everything it is silence.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin The road was new to me, as roads always are going back.  ~Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country Road of Pointed Firs, 1896 We used to think that if we knew one, we knew two, because one and one are two.  We are finding that we must learn a great deal more about "and."  ~Arthur Stanley Eddington No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.  ~Zen The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.  ~Eric Berne Nearly all men die of their remedies, and not of their illnesses.  ~Jean Baptiste Molière, Le Malade Imaginaire The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.  ~Aldous Huxley Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong.  They are conflicts between two rights.  ~Georg Hegel We are spirits clad in veils.  ~Christopher P. Cranch We often think that when we have completed our study of one we know all about two, because "two" is "one and one."  We forget that we still have to make a study of "and."  ~A. Eddington If I am not pleased with myself, but should wish to be other than I am, why should I think highly of the influences which have made me what I

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