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(P162) The great blessing of private property, then, is that people can benefit from their own industry and insulate themselves from the negative effects of others' actions. It is like a set of invisible mirrors that surround individuals, households or firms, reflecting back on them the consequences of their acts. The industrious will reap the benefits of their industry, the frugal the consequences of their frugality; the improvidant and the profligate likewise. They receive their due, which is to say they experience justice as a matter of routine. Private property institutionalises justice. This is its great virtue, perhaps dwarfing all others. We may say with the economists that private property "internalizes the externalities," or with the philosophers that it gives rise to "social justice.Tom Bethell Great Philosophers And Sayings By Tom Bethell: (P162) The great blessing of private property, then, is that people can benefit from their
The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face. He feels himself inadequate and thinks he will not understand him. But if he only knew, the great man, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator. The simplest student will be able to understand, if not all, yet a very great deal of what Plato said; but hardly anyone can understand some modern books on Platonism.C.S. Lewis Great Philosophers And Sayings By C.S. Lewis: The student is half afraid to meet one of the great philosophers face to face.
There has certainly been a great deal of work addressing the relationship between naturalism and the first-person perspective. Quite a number of philosophers have suggested that there are features of the first-person perspective that naturalism just cannot accommodate, whether it be qualitative character, or consciousness, or simply the ability we have to think of ourselves in a distinctively first-person manner.Hilary Kornblith Great Philosophers And Sayings By Hilary Kornblith: There has certainly been a great deal of work addressing the relationship between naturalism and
The Quest of the Holy Grail, the Search for the Stone of the Philosophers - by whatever name we choose to call the Great Work - is therefore endless. Success only opens up new avenues of brilliant possibility. Yea, verily, and Amen! the task is tireless and its joys without bounds; for the whole Universe, and all that in it is, what is it but the infinite playground of the Crowned and Conquering Child, of the insatiable, the innocent, the ever-rejoicing Heir of Space and Eternity, whose name is MAN?Aleister Crowley Great Philosophers And Sayings By Aleister Crowley: The Quest of the Holy Grail, the Search for the Stone of the Philosophers -
The great philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries did not think that epistemological questions floated free of questions about how the mind works. Those philosophers took a stand on all sorts of questions which nowadays we would classify as questions of psychology, and their views about psychological questions shaped their views about epistemology, as well they should have.Hilary Kornblith Great Philosophers And Sayings By Hilary Kornblith: The great philosophers of the 17th and 18th centuries did not think that epistemological questions
The ministers, who preached at these revivals, were in earnest. They were zealous and sincere. They were not philosophers. To them science was the name of a vague dread - a dangerous enemy. They did not know much, but they believed a great deal.Robert Green Ingersoll Great Philosophers And Sayings By Robert Green Ingersoll: The ministers, who preached at these revivals, were in earnest. They were zealous and sincere.
I read all the great philosophers but most people just hear what they want to hear and it makes it easy for them to brand us devil worshippers.Marilyn Manson Great Philosophers And Sayings By Marilyn Manson: I read all the great philosophers but most people just hear what they want to
Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.Hu Shih Great Philosophers And Sayings By Hu Shih: Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further
The emergence of pessimistic philosophies is by no means a
sign of great and terrible misery. The emergence of pessimistic
philosophies is by no means a sign of great and terrible
misery. No, these question marks about the value of all
life are put up in ages in which the refinement and
alleviation of existence make even the inevitable mosquito
bites of the soul and the body seem much too bloody and
malignant and one is so poor in real experiences of pain
that one would like to consider painful general ideas as
suffering of the first order.
There is a recipe
against pessimistic philosophers and the excessive sensitivity
that seems to me the real "misery of the present age"
but this recipe may sound too cruel and might
itself be counted among the signs that lead people
to judge that "existence is something evil."
Well, the recipe against this "misery" is: misery
Friedrich Nietzsche Great Philosophers And Sayings By Friedrich Nietzsche: The emergence of pessimistic philosophies is by no means asign of great and terrible misery.
Historians are wont to name technological advances as the great milestones of culture, among them the development of the plow, the discovery of smelting and metalworking, the invention of the clock, printing press, steam power, electric engine, lightbulb, semiconductor, and computer. But possibly even more transforming than any of these was the recognition by Greek philosophers and their intellectual descendants that human beings could examine, comprehend, and eventually even guide or control their own thought process, emotions, and resulting behavior.
With that realization we became something new and different on earth: the only animal that, by examining its own cerebration and behavior, could alter them. This, surely, was a giant step in evolution. Although we are physically little different from the people of three thousand years ago, we are culturally a different species. We are the psychologizing animal.
Morton Hunt Great Philosophers And Sayings By Morton Hunt: Historians are wont to name technological advances as the great milestones of culture, among them
Ah, Toulouse, you have travelled too much. You know the gods of a hundred lands, those of the trees and mountains, the sky and sea, the stars and planets, of demons and angels, and even the Master of the Cosmos. But I am speaking of God. There are others, I'm sure, but only one God who created even great Zeus and Rama. Yet travel is like philosophy: a few years of it will perk the eye to differences, which you shall be able to notice with ease. Yet living as I have, travelling to lonely lands and through a thousand metropolises and hidden woods, you rather see the similarities. All becomes one, and God too becomes one. Not the sum of all those gods here, but beyond them, a being few philosophers have truly grasped. He has always been one, but he is severed in our minds. So it is up to us to piece him back together. If our souls possess a clarity beyond what our mortal nature can bestow, we shall see him.Mary-Jean Harris Great Philosophers And Sayings By Mary-Jean Harris: Ah, Toulouse, you have travelled too much. You know the gods of a hundred lands,
Noone has yet succeeded in inventing a philosophy at once credible and self-consistent. Locke aimed at credibility, and achieved it at the expense of consistency. Most of the great philosophers have done the opposite. A philosophy which is not self-consistent cannot be wholly true, but a philosophy which is self-consistent can very well be wholly false. The most fruitful philosophies have contained glaring inconsistencies, but for that very reason have been partially true. There is no reason to suppose that a self-consistent system contains more truth than one which, like Locke's, is more or less wrong.Bertrand Russell Great Philosophers And Sayings By Bertrand Russell: Noone has yet succeeded in inventing a philosophy at once credible and self-consistent. Locke aimed
Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace. And yet, of course, in peace there was danger. Being an imperfect creature in an imperfect world he would always know paradox. And that was why in paradox there was always a kind of truth. That was why philosophers and soothsayers flourished. In a perfect world there would be no place for them. In an imperfect world the mysteries were always without solution and that was why there was always a great choice of solutions.Michael Moorcock Great Philosophers And Sayings By Michael Moorcock: Elric knew that everything that existed had its opposite. In danger he might find peace.
If you are willing to reflect on the courage and moderation of other people, you will find them strange ... they all consider death a great evil ... and the brave among them face death, when they do, for fear of greater evils ... therefore, it is fear and terror that make all men brave, except for philosophers. yet it is illogical to be brave through fear and cowardice ... what of the moderate among them? is their experience not similar? ... they master certain pleasures because they are mastered by others ... i fear this is not the right exchange to attain virtue, to exchange pleasures for pleasures, pains for pains, and fears for fears, the greater for the less like coins, but that they only valid currency for which all these things should be exchanged is wisdom.Plato Great Philosophers And Sayings By Plato: If you are willing to reflect on the courage and moderation of other people, you
Amor fati: this is the very core of my being - And as to my prolonged illness, do I not owe much more to it than I owe to my health? To it I owe a higher kind of health, a sort of health which grows stronger under everything that does not actually kill it! - To it, I owe even my philosophy. ... Only great suffering is the ultimate emancipator of spirit, for it teaches one that vast suspiciousness which makes an X out of every U, a genuine and proper X, i.e., the antepenultimate letter. Only great suffering; that great suffering, under which we seem to be over a fire of greenwood, the suffering that takes its time - forces us philosophers to descend into our nethermost depths, and to let go of all trustfulness, all good-nature, all whittling-down, all mildness, all mediocrity, - on which things we had formerly staked our humanity.Friedrich Nietzsche Great Philosophers And Sayings By Friedrich Nietzsche: Amor fati: this is the very core of my being - And as to my
Is it not peculiar that nearly all of the great philosophers and psychologists have always paid attention to the earth and nothing but the earth? Would it not be more sublime to lift our eyes from this crumb, and instead of considering a speck of dust in the universe, to turn our attention to space itself?Rainer Maria Rilke Great Philosophers And Sayings By Rainer Maria Rilke: Is it not peculiar that nearly all of the great philosophers and psychologists have always
What great philosophers do for us is not to hand out such an all-purpose system. It is to light up and clarify some special aspect of life, to supply conceptual tools which will do a certain necessary kind of work. Wide though that area of work may be, it is never the whole, and all ideas lose their proper power when they are used out of their appropriate context. That is why one great philosopher does not necessarily displace another, why there is room for all of them and a great many more whom we do not have yet.Mary Midgley Great Philosophers And Sayings By Mary Midgley: What great philosophers do for us is not to hand out such an all-purpose system.
If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The world perhaps would laugh at me, and accuse me of vanity, but you I know have a mind too enlarged and liberal to disregard the Sentiment. If much depends as is allowed upon the early Education of youth and the first principals which are instill'd take the deepest root, great benefit must arise from literary accomplishments in women.Abigail Adams Great Philosophers And Sayings By Abigail Adams: If we mean to have Heroes, Statesmen and Philosophers, we should have learned women. The
some Japanese philosophers have been eager to graft the newly introduced discipline of western academic philosophy onto its premodern Japanese antecedents. The conflict with traditional values proposed a whole host of new questions: Can one articulate an original yet comprehensive epistemology that would give western empiricism and logic an appropriate place but subordinate it to a dominant "Asian" basis for thought and values? Can one develop a viable ethics that places agency in a socially interdependent, rather than isolated and discrete, individual? Can one construct an interpretation of artistry based in a mode of responsiveness that is also the ground for knowledge and moral conduct? Can one envision a political theory of the state that allows for personal expression without assuming a radical individualism? Along with these fundamental issues, a great deal of attention was devoted to a still more basic question: What is culture and what affect does it have on philosophizing?James W. Heisig Great Philosophers And Sayings By James W. Heisig: some Japanese philosophers have been eager to graft the newly introduced discipline of western academic
We pay a lot of money to get a tank with a few tropical fish in it and never tire of looking at their brilliant iridescence and marvelous forms and movements. But God has seas full of them, which he constantly enjoys. (I can hardly take in these beautiful little creatures one at a time.) We are enraptured by a well-done movie sequence or by a few bars from an opera or lines from a poem. We treasure our great experiences for a lifetime, and we may have very few of them. But he is simply one great inexhaustible and eternal experience of all that is good and true and beautiful and right. This is what we must think of when we hear theologians and philosophers speak of him as a perfect being. This is his life.Dallas Willard Great Philosophers And Sayings By Dallas Willard: We pay a lot of money to get a tank with a few tropical fish
It is only great pain
that slow, sustained pain that takes its time, in which we are, as it were, burned with smoldering green firewood
that forces us philosophers to sink to our ultimate profundity and to do away with all the trust, everything good-natured, veil-imposing, mild and middling, on which we may have previously based our humanity. I doubt that such a pain makes us 'better'
but I know that it makes us deeper.
Friedrich Nietzsche Great Philosophers And Sayings By Friedrich Nietzsche: It is only great painthat slow, sustained pain that takes its time, in which we
Artists must be men of wit, consciously or unconsciously philosophers; read, study and think a great deal of life ...Robert Henri Great Philosophers And Sayings By Robert Henri: Artists must be men of wit, consciously or unconsciously philosophers; read, study and think a
Now I realize, of course, that many readers will acknowledge that we do in fact have these reactions, but would nevertheless write them off as mere reactions. "Our tendency to find something personally disgusting," they will sniff, "doesn't show that there is anything objectively wrong with it." This is the sort of stupidity-masquerading-as-insight that absolutely pervades modern intellectual life, and it has the same source as so many other contemporary intellectual pathologies: the abandonment of the classical realism of the great Greek and Scholastic philosophers, and especially of Aristotle's doctrine of the four causes.Edward Feser Great Philosophers And Sayings By Edward Feser: Now I realize, of course, that many readers will acknowledge that we do in fact
For the philosopher, language, thought, and passion are the same. Ideas are personal to a philosopher; they express their human passion and articulate their novel ideas in language. Ideas are more than mere concepts, trifles that the philosophical mind toys with. Ideas provide both the structure and inner vitality that holds great thinkers' conceptual structure together.Kilroy J. Oldster Great Philosophers And Sayings By Kilroy J. Oldster: For the philosopher, language, thought, and passion are the same. Ideas are personal to a
All philosophers - and others - have always paid a great deal of attention to ideas seen as the result of thought and observation; but in modern times all too little attention has been paid to the study of the ideas which form the very instruments by which thought and observation proceed. On the basis of experience and conscious thought small ideas may easily be dislodged, but when it comes to bigger. more universal, or more subtle ideas it may not be so easy to change them. Indeed, it is often difficult to become aware of them, as they are the instruments and not the results of our thinking - just as you can see what is outside you, but cannot easily see that with which you see, the eye itself.Ernst F. Schumacher Great Philosophers And Sayings By Ernst F. Schumacher: All philosophers - and others - have always paid a great deal of attention to
Mathematical objects states "only the relationships between mathematically 'undefined objects' and the rules governing operations with them." It doesn't matter what mathematical things are: it's what they do that counts. Thus mathematics hovers uneasily between the real and the not-real; its meaning does not reside in formal abstractions, but neither is it tangible. This may cause problems for philosophers who like tidy categories, but it is the great strength of mathematics - whatRichard Courant Great Philosophers And Sayings By Richard Courant: Mathematical objects states "only the relationships between mathematically 'undefined objects' and the rules governing operations
Honor to the idealists, whether philosophers or poets. They have improved us by mingling with our daily pursuits great and transcendent conceptions. They have thrown around our sensual life the grandeur of a better, and drawn us up from contacts with the temporal and the selfish to communion with beauty and truth and goodness.Edwin Hubbel Chapin Great Philosophers And Sayings By Edwin Hubbel Chapin: Honor to the idealists, whether philosophers or poets. They have improved us by mingling with
Our civilized world is nothing but a great masquerade. You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors, lawyers, priests, philosophers and a thousand more: but they are not what they appear - they are merely masks ... Usually, as I say, there is nothing but industrialists, businessmen and speculators concealed behind all these masks.Arthur Schopenhauer Great Philosophers And Sayings By Arthur Schopenhauer: Our civilized world is nothing but a great masquerade. You encounter knights, parsons, soldiers, doctors,
A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.Michael Pollan Great Philosophers And Sayings By Michael Pollan: A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced
I'm the best promoter in the world because I haven't taken a day off work since I left the penitentiary, and because I have read all the great philosophers like St. Thomas Aquinine.Don King Great Philosophers And Sayings By Don King: I'm the best promoter in the world because I haven't taken a day off work
The first questions naturally raised by a person emerging from the fog of childhood are the same questions that led Aristotle and other great philosophers to think and write deeply on the subjects of first philosophy and ethics.Alan E. Johnson Great Philosophers And Sayings By Alan E. Johnson: The first questions naturally raised by a person emerging from the fog of childhood are
Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what all the great teachers, real mystics, true philosophers and inspired people have been trying to tell you by the tortuous method of using words.Paul Brunton Great Philosophers And Sayings By Paul Brunton: Find the god in your own heart and you will understand by direct intuition what
And I have always had an especially great desire to learn to distinguish the true from the false, in order to see my way clearly in my actions, and to go forward with confidence in this life. It is true that, so long as I merely considered the customs of other men, I found hardly anything there about which to be confident, and that I noticed there was about as much diversity as I had previously found among the opinions of philosophers. Thus the greatest profit I derived from this was that, on seeing many things that, although they seem to us very extravagant and ridiculous, do not cease to be commonly accepted and approved among other great peoples, I learned not to believe anything too firmly of which I had been persuaded only by example and custom; and thus I little by little freed myself from many errors that can darken our natural light and render us less able to listen to reason.Rene Descartes Great Philosophers And Sayings By Rene Descartes: And I have always had an especially great desire to learn to distinguish the true
This Jesus of Nazereth without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caeser, Muhammad and Napoleon; without science and learning, He shed more light on matters human and divine than all philosophers and scholars combined; without the eloquence of schools, He spoke such words of life as were never spoke before or since and produced effects which lie beyond the reach of orator poet; without writing a single line, He set more pens in motion and furnished themes for more sermons, orations, discussions, learned volumes, works of art and songs of praise than the whole army of great men of ancient and modern times.JOHN SCHAFF Great Philosophers And Sayings By JOHN SCHAFF: This Jesus of Nazereth without money and arms, conquered more millions than Alexander, Caeser, Muhammad
Color is not a trivial subject but one that has compelled, for hundreds of years, a passionate curiosity in the greatest artists, philosophers, and natural scientists. The young Spinoza wrote his first treatise on the rainbow; the young Newton's most joyous discovery was the composition of white light; Goethe's great color work, like Newton's, started with a prism; Schopenhauer, Young, Helmholtz, and Maxwell, in the last century, were all tantalized by the problem of color; and Wittgenstein's last work was his Remarks on Colour. And yet most of us, most of the time, overlook its great mystery.Oliver Sacks Great Philosophers And Sayings By Oliver Sacks: Color is not a trivial subject but one that has compelled, for hundreds of years,
Throughout all history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers,
and prophets have disagreed with one another on many different things.
It is only on this one point that they are in complete and unanimous agreement. We become what we think about.
Earl Nightingale Great Philosophers And Sayings By Earl Nightingale: Throughout all history, the great wise men and teachers, philosophers, and prophets have disagreed with
Osho is one of India's greatest mystics ... I see him as one of the world's great teachers, thinkers, philosophers and guides of our times. I have enormous respect for his world vision and the kind of International Communities he is building. I have always felt his influence in my life.Kabir Bedi Great Philosophers And Sayings By Kabir Bedi: Osho is one of India's greatest mystics ... I see him as one of the
My world view is somewhat unique. I have learned from many great philosophers including Plato, Socrates, Buddha, Jesus, Darwin, Tagore, Emerson, and many more.Debasish Mridha Great Philosophers And Sayings By Debasish Mridha: My world view is somewhat unique. I have learned from many great philosophers including Plato,
I died seventy-six hours ago - or so I've been told. Nonexistence - how to describe it? There are no words. I leave that question and the entire Great Guess to the philosophers, the theologians, and the ministers. This is all I know: I was; I was not; I was again.Stephen Payne Great Philosophers And Sayings By Stephen Payne: I died seventy-six hours ago - or so I've been told. Nonexistence - how to
To this principle of vanity, which philosophers call a mean one, and which I do not, I owe a great part of the figure which I have made in life.Lord Chesterfield Great Philosophers And Sayings By Lord Chesterfield: To this principle of vanity, which philosophers call a mean one, and which I do
According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in making it, He set it free. God had written, not so much a poem, but rather a play; a play he had planned as perfect, but which had necessarily been left to human actors and stage-managers, who had since made a great mess of it.G.K. Chesterton Great Philosophers And Sayings By G.K. Chesterton: According to most philosophers, God in making the world enslaved it. According to Christianity, in
The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thoughts and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains - mountain dwellers who have grown strong there with the forest trees in Nature's workshops.John Muir Great Philosophers And Sayings By John Muir: The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile
When we come to understand architecture as the essential nature of all harmonious structure we will see that it is the architecture of music that inspired Bach and Beethoven, the architecture of painting that is inspiring Picasso as it inspired Velasquez, that it is the architecture of life itself that is the inspiration of the great poets and philosophers.Frank Lloyd Wright Great Philosophers And Sayings By Frank Lloyd Wright: When we come to understand architecture as the essential nature of all harmonious structure we
Gout, unlike any other disease, kills more rich men than poor, more wise men than simple. Great kings, emperors, generals, admirals and philosophers have all died of gout.Thomas Sydenham Great Philosophers And Sayings By Thomas Sydenham: Gout, unlike any other disease, kills more rich men than poor, more wise men than
Aristotle, in spite of his reputation, is full of absurdities. He says that children should be conceived in the Winter, when the wind is in the North, and that if people marry too young the children will be female. He tells us that the blood of females is blacker then that of males; that the pig is the only animal liable to measles; that an elephant suffering from insomnia should have its shoulders rubbed with salt, olive-oil, and warm water; that women have fewer teeth than men, and so on. Nevertheless, he is considered by the great majority of philosophers a paragon of wisdom.Bertrand Russell Great Philosophers And Sayings By Bertrand Russell: Aristotle, in spite of his reputation, is full of absurdities. He says that children should
I grew up around some great philosophers: they were coal miners and cowboys born in the 1920s. They were also vets of World War II. Listen to your elders, there isn't any better wisdom for you.Stanley Victor Paskavich Great Philosophers And Sayings By Stanley Victor Paskavich: I grew up around some great philosophers: they were coal miners and cowboys born in
All great philosophers, even the atheists, realized that one of the essential attributes of a civilized people is a belief that good will be rewarded and evil will be punished. InBill O'Reilly Great Philosophers And Sayings By Bill O'Reilly: All great philosophers, even the atheists, realized that one of the essential attributes of a
Pathology, probably more than any other branch of science, suffers from heroes and hero-worship. Rudolf Virchow has been its archangel and William Welch its John the Baptist, while Paracelsus and Cohnheim have been relegated to the roles of Lucifer and Beelzebub ... Actually, there are no heroes in Pathology-all of the great thoughts permitting advance have been borrowed from other fields, and the renaissance of pathology stems not from pathology itself but from the philosophers Kant and Goethe.Harry S.N. Greene Great Philosophers And Sayings By Harry S.N. Greene: Pathology, probably more than any other branch of science, suffers from heroes and hero-worship. Rudolf
Great individuals find a way to transform weakness into strength. It's a rather amazing and even touching feat. They took what should have held them back - what in fact might be holding you back right this very second - and used it to move forward. As it turns out, this is one thing all great men and women of history have in common. Like oxygen to a fire, obstacles became fuel for the blaze that was their ambition. Nothing could stop them, they were (and continue to be) impossible to discourage or contain. Every impediment only served to make the inferno within them burn with greater ferocity. These were people who flipped their obstacles upside down. Who lived the words of Marcus Aurelius and followed a group which Cicero called the only "real philosophers" - the ancient Stoics - even if they'd never read them. They had the ability to see obstacles for what they were, the ingenuity to tackle them, and the will to endure a world mostly beyond their comprehension and control.Ryan Holiday Great Philosophers And Sayings By Ryan Holiday: Great individuals find a way to transform weakness into strength. It's a rather amazing and
The great political, artistic, and religious project of modernity has been to find a meaning to life that is not rooted in some great cosmic plan. ...But we are still convinced our lives have meaning. As of 2016, humankind indeed manages to hold the stick at both ends. Not only do we possess far more power than ever before, but against all expectations. God's death did not lead to social collapse. Throughout history prophets and philosophers have argued that if humans stopped believing in a great cosmic plan all law and order would vanish. Yet today, those who pose the greatest threat to global law and order are precisely those people who continue to believe in God and his all-encompassing plans.Yuval Noah Harari Great Philosophers And Sayings By Yuval Noah Harari: The great political, artistic, and religious project of modernity has been to find a meaning
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.Catherine The Great Great Philosophers And Sayings By Catherine The Great: You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress
The surface of the Moon is not smooth, uniform, and precisely spherical as a great number of philosophers believe it to be, but is uneven, rough, and full of cavities and prominences, being not unlike the face of the Earth, relieved by chains of mountains and deep valleys.Galileo Galilei Great Philosophers And Sayings By Galileo Galilei: The surface of the Moon is not smooth, uniform, and precisely spherical as a great
Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.Richard Feynman Great Philosophers And Sayings By Richard Feynman: Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is
He sensed Death with a depth and clarity of which only small children or great philosophers are capable, philosophers who are themselves almost childlike in the power and simplicity of their thinking.Vasily Grossman Great Philosophers And Sayings By Vasily Grossman: He sensed Death with a depth and clarity of which only small children or great
God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often been said by philosophers, that nature is the will of God. And I prefer to say that nature is the only body of God that we shall ever see.Frank Lloyd Wright Great Philosophers And Sayings By Frank Lloyd Wright: God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature, and it has often
If philosophy had the power to establish incontrovertible truths, immune to doubt, and if philosophers were as a rule wholly disinterested practitioners of their art, then it might be possible to speak of progress in philosophy. In fact, however, the philosophical tendencies and presuppositions of any age are, to a very great degree, determined by the prevailing cultural mood or by the ideological premises generally approved of my the educated classes. As often as not, the history of philosophy has been a history of prejudices masquerading as principles, and so merely a history of fashion. It is as possible today to be an intellectually scrupulous Platonist as it was more than two thousand years ago; it is simply not in vogue.David Bentley Hart Great Philosophers And Sayings By David Bentley Hart: If philosophy had the power to establish incontrovertible truths, immune to doubt, and if philosophers
I am sorry the infernal Divinities, who visit mankind with diseases, and are therefore at perpetual war with Doctors, should have prevented my seeing all you great Men at Soho to-day-Lord! what inventions, what wit, what rhetoric, metaphysical, mechanical and pyrotecnical, will be on the wing, bandy'd like a shuttlecock from one to another of your troop of philosophers! while poor I, I by myself I, imprizon'd in a post chaise, am joggled, and jostled, and bump'd, and bruised along the King's high road, to make war upon a pox or a fever!Erasmus Darwin Great Philosophers And Sayings By Erasmus Darwin: I am sorry the infernal Divinities, who visit mankind with diseases, and are therefore at
In my view, philosophers have shown a great deal more respect for the first-person point of view than it deserves. There's a lot of empirical work on the various psychological mechanisms by way of which the first-person point of view is produced, and, when we understand this, I believe, we can stop romanticising and mythologising the first-person perspective.Hilary Kornblith Great Philosophers And Sayings By Hilary Kornblith: In my view, philosophers have shown a great deal more respect for the first-person point
The natural scientists of the previous age knew less than we do and believed they were very close to the goal: we have taken very great steps in its direction and now discover we are still very far away from it. With the most rational philosophers an increase in their knowledge is always attended by an increased conviction of their ignorance.Georg C. Lichtenberg Great Philosophers And Sayings By Georg C. Lichtenberg: The natural scientists of the previous age knew less than we do and believed they
My day begins at dawn as I take my cup of strong black espresso outside to watch the sunrise. I learned this ritual from my mother, who worked in a bread shop. Bakers are the great philosophers of the world, mostly because they have to get up early. When the world is quiet, great art is created - or, at the very least, conceptualized. Now is the moment to sketch, make notes, and dream.Adriana Trigiani Great Philosophers And Sayings By Adriana Trigiani: My day begins at dawn as I take my cup of strong black espresso outside
Early morning, the orange sun is slowly rising, shining forth in empty luminous clarity. The mind and the sky are one, the sun is rising in the vast space of primordial awareness, and there is just this. Yasutani Roshi once said, speaking of satori, that it was the most precious realization in the world, because all the great philosophers had tried to understand ultimate reality but had failed to do so, yet with satori or awakening all of your deepest questions are finally answered: it's just this.Ken Wilber Great Philosophers And Sayings By Ken Wilber: Early morning, the orange sun is slowly rising, shining forth in empty luminous clarity. The
The Prayer of Examine produces within us the priceless grace of self-knowledge. I wish I could adequately explain to you how great a grace this truly is. Unfortunately, contemporary men and women simply do not value self-knowledge in the same way that all preceding generations have. For us technocratic knowledge reigns supreme. Even when we pursue self-knowledge, we all too often reduce it to a hedonistic search for personal peace and prosperity. How poor we are! Even the pagan philosophers were wiser than this generation. They knew that an unexamined life was not worth living.Richard J. Foster Great Philosophers And Sayings By Richard J. Foster: The Prayer of Examine produces within us the priceless grace of self-knowledge. I wish I
They say - "they" being the great philosophers, or possibly the cast of Seinfeld - that breaking up is like pushing over a Coke machine. You can't just do it, you have to set the thing in motion, rock it back and forth a few times.Jennifer Weiner Great Philosophers And Sayings By Jennifer Weiner: They say - "they" being the great philosophers, or possibly the cast of Seinfeld -
There is, we are aware, a philosophy that denies the infinite. There is also a philosophy, classified as pathologic, that denies the sun; this philosophy is called blindness. To set up a theory that lacks a source of truth is an excellent example of blind assurance. And the odd part of it is the haughty air of superiority and compassion assumed toward the philosophy that sees God, by this philosophy that has to grope its way. It makes one think of a mole exclaiming, "How I pity them with their sun!" There are, we know, illustrious and powerful atheists; with them, the matter is nothing but a question of definitions, and at all events, even if they do not believe in God, they prove God, because they are great minds. We hail, in them, the philosophers, while, at the same time, inexorably disputing their philosophy.Victor Hugo Great Philosophers And Sayings By Victor Hugo: There is, we are aware, a philosophy that denies the infinite. There is also a
So a deeper look at which verbs participate in the locative alternation has forced us to take a deeper look at what compels the mind to construe physical events in certain ways. And at that depth we have discovered a new layer of concepts that the mind uses to organize mundane experience: concepts about substance, space, time, and force. These concepts encourage the mind to unite events that have nothing in common in terms of what they look like, smell like, or feel like, yet they obviously matter to the mind a great deal. They are so pervasive that some philosophers consider them to be the very scaffolding that organizes mental life, and in chapter 4 I will show how they saturate our science, our storytelling, our morals, our law, even our humor.Steven Pinker Great Philosophers And Sayings By Steven Pinker: So a deeper look at which verbs participate in the locative alternation has forced us
The great masses of people do not consist of philosophers; precisely for the masses, faith is often the sole foundation of a moral attitude. The various substitutes have not proved so successful from the standpoint of results that they could be regarded as a useful replacement for previous religious creeds. But if religious doctrine and faith are really to embrace the broad masses, the unconditional authority of the content of this faith is the foundation of all efficacy.Adolf Hitler Great Philosophers And Sayings By Adolf Hitler: The great masses of people do not consist of philosophers; precisely for the masses, faith
There's a real question as to what beauty is and why it's important to us. Many pseudo-philosophers try to answer these questions and tell us they're not really answerable. I draw on art and literature, and music in particular, because music is a wonderful example of something that's in this world but not of this world. Great works of music speak to us from another realm even though they speak to us in ordinary physical sounds.Roger Scruton Great Philosophers And Sayings By Roger Scruton: There's a real question as to what beauty is and why it's important to us.
Joy said she hadn't really understood the meaning of life until Tyffanie had come along, but now she understood it perfectly. Well, great, I felt like saying. Make sure you share the news with Plato and Kierkegaard and all those other philosophers who'd banged their heads against the wall, trying to figure things out.Wally Lamb Great Philosophers And Sayings By Wally Lamb: Joy said she hadn't really understood the meaning of life until Tyffanie had come along,
Described in this way, utilitarianism has little in common with the prosaic, visionless notion of the 'merely utilitarian,' in the sense of a narrowly or mundanely functional or efficient option. No such limited horizon confined the thought and character of the great English-language utilitarian philosophers, whose influence ran its course from the period just before the French Revolution through the Victorian era. Happiness, for them, was more of a cosmic calling, the path to world progress, and whatever was deemed 'utilitarian' had to be useful for that larger and inspiring end, the global minimization of pointless suffering and the global maximization of positive well-being or happiness. It invokes, ultimately, the point of view of universal benevolence. And it is more accurately charged with being too demanding ethically than with being too accommodating of narrow practicality, material interests, self-interestedness, and the like.Bart Schultz Great Philosophers And Sayings By Bart Schultz: Described in this way, utilitarianism has little in common with the prosaic, visionless notion of
Development of Western science is based on two great achievements: the invention of the formal logical system (in Euclidean geometry) by the Greek philosophers, and the discovery of the possibility to find out causal relationships by systematic experiment (during the Renaissance). In my opinion, one has not to be astonished that the Chinese sages have not made these steps. The astonishing thing is that these discoveries were made at all.Albert Einstein Great Philosophers And Sayings By Albert Einstein: Development of Western science is based on two great achievements: the invention of the formal
Nothing has been as instructive in exploring the notion of authenticity as relearning the work of the great philosophers Aristotle and Plato. We are struck by their applicability to our work as we help companies and people develop their brands. Why do these early philosophers have so much to say that is helpful to modern marketers? We believe it is because they were focused on the fundamental issues of authenticity that we all face: Who are we? Why are we? How should we behave? Asking these questions encourages us to deepen our self-awareness. In particular, this issue of "who are we?" is critical. Knowing who we are is the key to elevating our capacities and performance.Tom Hayes Great Philosophers And Sayings By Tom Hayes: Nothing has been as instructive in exploring the notion of authenticity as relearning the work
In the eighteenth century, philosophers considered the whole of human knowledge, including science, to be their field and discussed questions such as: Did the universe have a beginning? However, in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, science became too technical and mathematical for the philosophers, or anyone else except a few specialists. Philosophers reduced the scope of their inquiries so much that Wittgenstein, the most famous philosopher of this century, said, "The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language." What a comedown from the great tradition of philosophy from Aristotle to Kant!Stephen Hawking Great Philosophers And Sayings By Stephen Hawking: In the eighteenth century, philosophers considered the whole of human knowledge, including science, to be
Virtually every subject is most effectively learned directly from the greatest thinkers, historians, artists, philosophers, scientists, prophets and their original works. Great works inspire greatness. Mediocre or poor works inspire mediocre or poor learning. The great accomplishments of humanity are the key to quality education.Oliver DeMille Great Philosophers And Sayings By Oliver DeMille: Virtually every subject is most effectively learned directly from the greatest thinkers, historians, artists, philosophers,
I believe in magic ... There is magic in the creative faculty such as great poets and philosophers conspicuously possess, and equally in the creative chessmaster.Emanuel Lasker Great Philosophers And Sayings By Emanuel Lasker: I believe in magic ... There is magic in the creative faculty such as great
Indeed, a symptom of post-Holocaust trauma is that normative assumptions about the human species are questioned more than ever. Can human nature still be trusted? The breach of civilized values was too great - and in a nation that had produced so many significant philosophers, scientists, scholars, and artists. The intellectual shock - a secondary trauma, as it were - is not only that it happened but also that it happened with only scattered pockets of resistance and even a degree of cooperation among the cultured classes.Jeffrey C. Alexander Great Philosophers And Sayings By Jeffrey C. Alexander: Indeed, a symptom of post-Holocaust trauma is that normative assumptions about the human species are
The ruinous abdication by philosophy of its rightful domain is the consequence of the oblivion of philosophers to a great insight first beheld clearly by Socrates and re-affirmed by Kant as by no other philosopher. Science, concerned solely and exclusively with objective existents, cannot give answers to questions about meanings and values. Only ideas engendered by the mind and to be found nowhere but in the mind (Socrates), only the pure transcendental forms supplied by reason (Kant), can secure the ideals and values and put us in touch with the realities that constitute our moral and spiritual life. Twenty-four centuries after Socrates, two centuries after Kant, we badly need to re-learn the lesson.D.R. Khashaba Great Philosophers And Sayings By D.R. Khashaba: The ruinous abdication by philosophy of its rightful domain is the consequence of the oblivion
The great paradox of determinism and free will, which has held the attention of the wisest of philosophers and psychologists for generations, can be phrased in more biological terms as follows: If our genes are inherited, and our environment is a train of physical events set in motion before we were born, how can there be a truly independent agent within the brain? The agent itself is created by the interaction of the genes and the environment. It would appear that our freedom is only a self delusion.E. O. Wilson Great Philosophers And Sayings By E. O. Wilson: The great paradox of determinism and free will, which has held the attention of the
However, it was the great 18th century social philosophers John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau who brought the concept of a social contract between citizens and governments sharply into political thinking, paving the way for popular democracy and constitutional republicanism.Simon Mainwaring Great Philosophers And Sayings By Simon Mainwaring: However, it was the great 18th century social philosophers John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques
If you want to win this argument with Dad, look in chapter two of the first book of the Feynman Lectures on Physics. There's a quote there about how philosophers say a great deal about what science absolutely requires, and it is all wrong, because the only rule in science is that the final arbiter is observation - that you just have to look at the world and report what you see. Um ... off the top of my head I can't think of where to find something about how it's an ideal of science to settle things by experiment instead of arguments -Eliezer Yudkowsky Great Philosophers And Sayings By Eliezer Yudkowsky: If you want to win this argument with Dad, look in chapter two of the
When we want culture more than potatoes, and illumination more than sugar-plums, then the great resources of a world are taxed anddrawn out, and the result, or staple production, is, not slaves, nor operatives, but men,
those rare fruits called heroes, saints, poets, philosophers, and redeemers.
Henry David Thoreau Great Philosophers And Sayings By Henry David Thoreau: When we want culture more than potatoes, and illumination more than sugar-plums, then the great
The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others - were natives of Europe and America.David Ben-Gurion Great Philosophers And Sayings By David Ben-Gurion: The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud,
Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's shit.

These are the things all the great philosophers

just won't tell you flat out about life.

You keep moving, keep living, keep breathing

And you keep writing-creating because that's what you do

And that's who you are. There are no magical voices to guide

You except your own. Make it count.





~ R.M. ENGELHARDT
R.M. Engelhardt Great Philosophers And Sayings By R.M. Engelhardt: Sometimes it's great, and sometimes it's shit.These are the things all the great philosophersjust won't
The finest SF comes to grips with life's mysteries, with our resentments against our own natures and our limited societies. It does so by asking basic questions in the artful, liberating way that is unique to this form of writing. Echoes of it are found in other forms of fiction - in the novel of ideas, in the historical novel, in the writings of the great philosophers and scientists; but the best SF does this all more searchingly, by taking what is in most people only a moment of wonder and rebellion against the arbitrariness of existence and making of it an art enriched by knowledge and possibility, expressing our deepest human longing to penetrate into the dark heart of the unknown.George Zebrowski Great Philosophers And Sayings By George Zebrowski: The finest SF comes to grips with life's mysteries, with our resentments against our own
Therefore it is to a practical mysticism that the practical man is here invited: to a training of his latent faculties, a bracing and brightening of his languid consciousness, an emancipation from the fetters of appearance, a turning of his attention to new levels of the world. Thus he may become aware of the universe which the spiritual artist is always trying to disclose to the race. This amount of mystical perception - this "ordinary contemplation," as the specialists call it - is possible to all men: without it, they are not wholly conscious, nor wholly alive. It is a natural human activity, no more involving the great powers and sublime experiences of the mystical saints and philosophers than the ordinary enjoyment of music involves the special creative powers of the great musician.Evelyn Underhill Great Philosophers And Sayings By Evelyn Underhill: Therefore it is to a practical mysticism that the practical man is here invited: to
Disputes among natural philosophers are of use to science, as the quarrels of the great, and the clamors of the little, are necessary to freedom of thought and the advancement of learning.Hal Hellman Great Philosophers And Sayings By Hal Hellman: Disputes among natural philosophers are of use to science, as the quarrels of the great,
Some teachers only teach us and go but some teachers teach us and they leave indelible footprints which continue to teach us forever! Great teachers live and leave distinctive footprints. Great teachers, though they go, their footprints forever live in our minds and inspire the body and the soul in a distinctive way !Ernest Agyemang Yeboah Great Philosophers And Sayings By Ernest Agyemang Yeboah: Some teachers only teach us and go but some teachers teach us and they leave
Sleep is a state in which a great part of every life is passed. No animal has yet been discovered, whose existence is not varied with intervals of insensibility; and some late philosophers have extended the empire of sleep over the vegetable world.Samuel Johnson Great Philosophers And Sayings By Samuel Johnson: Sleep is a state in which a great part of every life is passed. No
What good is it for you to be able to discuss the Trinity with great profundity, if you lack humility, and thereby offend the Trinity? Verily, high sounding words do not make one holy and just. But a life of virtue does make one acceptable to God. Were you to memorize the entire Bible and all the sayings of the philosophers, what good would this be for you without the love of God and without grace? Vanity of vanities. All is vanity, except loving God and serving only God.49Justo L. Gonzalez Great Philosophers And Sayings By Justo L. Gonzalez: What good is it for you to be able to discuss the Trinity with great
A good half of the effort of understanding what the Indian philosophers were after - and their subtleties make most of the great European philosophers look like schoolboys.T. S. Eliot Great Philosophers And Sayings By T. S. Eliot: A good half of the effort of understanding what the Indian philosophers were after -
The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is essential. Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy ultimately serves their better understanding.Karl Jaspers Great Philosophers And Sayings By Karl Jaspers: The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is
As of 2016, humankind indeed manages to hold the stick at both ends. Not only do we possess far more power than ever before, but against all expectations, God's death did not lead to social collapse. Throughout history prophets and philosophers have argued that if humans stopped believing in a great cosmic plan, all law and order would vanish. Yet today, those who pose the greatest threat to global law and order are precisely those people who continue to believe in God and His all-encompassing plans. God-fearing Syria is a far more violent place than the atheist Netherlands.Yuval Noah Harari Great Philosophers And Sayings By Yuval Noah Harari: As of 2016, humankind indeed manages to hold the stick at both ends. Not only
The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by man has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of man upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach man to be born well, to live well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band of the elect
those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility
the philosophers of the ages invite YOU.
Manly P. Hall Great Philosophers And Sayings By Manly P. Hall: The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of
In the civilization of our times, it is normal, and almost obligatory, for cookery and fashion to take up most of the culture sections, for chefs and fashion designers now enjoy the prominence that before was given to scientists, composers and philosophers. Gas burners, stoves and catwalks meld, in the cultural coordinates of our time, with books, laboratories and operas, while TV stars and great footballers exert the sort of influence over habits, taste and fashion that was previously the domain of teachers and thinkersMario Vargas-Llosa Great Philosophers And Sayings By Mario Vargas-Llosa: In the civilization of our times, it is normal, and almost obligatory, for cookery and
The fact is that all the important political philosophers and scientists from the great Aristotle on, with the exception of those of the French Enlightenment and Mill, have sided with the powers that be.Mario Bunge Great Philosophers And Sayings By Mario Bunge: The fact is that all the important political philosophers and scientists from the great Aristotle
There is a sort of myth of History that philosophers have ... History for philosophers is some sort of great, vast continuity in which the freedom of individuals and economic or social determinations come and get entangled. When someone lays a finger on one of those great themes
continuity, the effective exercise of human liberty, how individual liberty is articulated with social determinations
when someone touches one of these three myths, these good people start crying out that History is being raped or murdered.
Michel Foucault Great Philosophers And Sayings By Michel Foucault: There is a sort of myth of History that philosophers have ... History for philosophers
People can be teachers and idiots; they can be philosophers and idiots; they can be politicians and idiots ... in fact I think they have to be ... a genius can be an idiot. The world is largely run for and by idiots; it is no great handicap in life and in certain areas is actually a distinct advantage and even a prerequisite for advancement.Iain Banks Great Philosophers And Sayings By Iain Banks: People can be teachers and idiots; they can be philosophers and idiots; they can be
One should see the world, and see himself, as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed, the scale is tipped to the good - he and the world are saved. When he does one evil deed, the scale is tipped to the bad - he and the world are destroyed.'" "Interesting. Who said that, your grandmother?" "Maimonides. The great Jewish scholastic." "I didn't know you read Jewish philosophers." "It is said, 'You must accept the truth from whatever source it comes.'" "And who said that?" "Also Maimonides.Gregory Maguire Great Philosophers And Sayings By Gregory Maguire: One should see the world, and see himself, as a scale with an equal balance
And this is the main difference between the gospel and philosophy: for though the philosophers speak excellently and with great judgment on the subject of morals, yet whatever excellency shines forth in their precepts, it is, as it were, a beautiful superstructure without a foundation; for by omitting principles, they offer a mutilated doctrine, like a body without a head.John Calvin Great Philosophers And Sayings By John Calvin: And this is the main difference between the gospel and philosophy: for though the philosophers
Like the character Moliere who discovered to his astonishment that he had been speaking prose all his life, I discovered to my astonishment that I had been immersed in philosophical problems all my life. And I had been drawn into the same problems as great philosophers by the same felt need to make sense of the world...The chief difference between me and them, of course, was that whereas they had something to offer by way of solutions to the problems, I had failed even to formulate very rich or sophistocated versions of the problems, let alone work my way through to defensible solutions for them. In consequence I fell on their work like a starving man on food, and it has done a geat deal to nourish and sustain me ever since.Bryan Magee Great Philosophers And Sayings By Bryan Magee: Like the character Moliere who discovered to his astonishment that he had been speaking prose
One of the great unresolved psychological enigmas of the modern western world is the question of what or who has persuaded us to accept as virtually axiomatic a self-view and a world-view that demand we reject out of hand the wisdom and vision of our major philosophers and poets in order to imprison our thought and our very selves in the materialist, mechanical and dogmatic torture-chamber devised by purely quantitative and third-rate scientific minds.Philip Sherrard Great Philosophers And Sayings By Philip Sherrard: One of the great unresolved psychological enigmas of the modern western world is the question