Monday, May 02, 2005

Philosophy Quotes

Upon the whole, I am inclined to think that the far greater part, if not all, of those difficulties which have hitherto amused philosophers, and blocked up the way to knowledge, are entirely owing to our selves.  That we have first raised a dust, and then complain, we cannot see.  ~George Berkeley To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle.  Leaving out the third case:  one must be both - a philosopher.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution.  ~Robert Zend Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.  ~Immanuel Kant Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.  ~Aldous Huxley, Themes and Variations, 1950 Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected.  Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars.  Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines.  ~Bertrand Russell To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do.  ~Bertrand Russell Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.  ~John Keats If you've never met a student from the University of Chicago, I'll describe him to you.  If you give him a glass of water, he says, "This is a glass of water.  But is it a glass of water?  And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?" And eventually he dies of thirst.  ~Shelley BermanWhat is the first business of philosophy?  To part with self-conceit.  For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows.  ~Epictetus, Discourses Philosophy is a state of fermentation, a process without final outcome.  ~Esa Saarinen To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670 We come late, if at all, to wine and philosophy:  whiskey and action are easier.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, Conquer all mysteries by rule and line, Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine - Unweave a rainbow. ~John Keats, "Lamia," 1819 Religion is a man using a divining rod.  Philosophy is a man using a p


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