Archive for the ‘Philosophy’ Category

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.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 30

October 30, 2016

Soren Kierkegaard, on the inner life

“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”

Quote of the day, Oct. 26

October 26, 2016

Blaise Pascal, on justice (from the Pensées)

“Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2016

Annie Besant, on thought

“Thought is just not something objective in our heads. Thought is power—real, objective power. Moreover, the thoughts we create have a life of their own. They have a kind of material reality that affects other people for good or ill—hence our responsibility to chose.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 15

August 15, 2016

Michel de Montaigne, from Essays

“It should be noted that the games of children are not games, and must be considered as their most serious actions.”