Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Quote of the day, Nov. 16

November 17, 2017

Michel de Montaigne, on learning

“Learned we may be with another man’s learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.”

Quote of the day, Nov. 1

November 2, 2017

Thomas Paine, from The Age of Reason

“I have always strenuously supported the right of every man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 27

October 29, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on action

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 22

October 23, 2017

Albert Camus, from Notebooks 1935-1942

“Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.”


Quote of the day, Oct. 9

October 9, 2017

Immanuel Kant, on knowledge

“All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.”


Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, from Essays and Aphorisms

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence. So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting. What they really do, however, is resemble little dogs who, as soon as anything whatever moves, start up a loud barking. It is necessary, therefore, not to pay too much attention to their alarms, and to realize in general that the newspaper is a magnifying glass, and this only at best: for very often it is no more than a shadow-play on the wall.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 10

September 10, 2017

William James, on wisdom

“The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook.”

Quote of the day, Sept. 8

September 8, 2017

Bertrand Russell, on the truth

“It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 17

August 17, 2017

Plato, on war

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 13

August 13, 2017

Plato, on falsehood

“False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.”