Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

Quote of the day, May 12

May 12, 2017

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays

“It is a rare life that remains orderly even in private.”

Quote of the day, May 7

May 7, 2017

Francis Bacon, from Essays

“Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.”

Quote of the day, April 26

April 26, 2017

Alfred North Whitehead, from The Concept of Nature

“The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, Seek simplicity and distrust it.”

Quote of the day, April 24

April 25, 2017

Aristotle, from Politics

“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.”

Quote of the day, April 20

April 20, 2017

Michel de Montaigne

“Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.”

Quote of the day, April 18

April 18, 2017

Socrates, on teaching

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them to think.”

Quote of the day, April 14

April 14, 2017

Walter Benjamin, on wisdom

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 16

January 16, 2017

William James, on habit (from The Principles of Psychology, 1890)

“Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 3

January 3, 2017

Aristotle, on man

“For man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but, when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all; since armed injustice is the more dangerous, and he is equipped at birth with the arms of intelligence and with moral qualities which he may use for the worst ends.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 14

December 14, 2016

Pythagoras, on man’s soul

“The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.”