There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)
Bigotry tries to keep truth safe in its hand with a grip that kills it. -Rabindranath Tagore, philosopher, author, songwriter, painter, educator, composer, Nobel Prize in literature (1861-1941).
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882).
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)
An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being. -Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970).
The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses. –Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626).
There are more truths in twenty-four hours of a man’s life than in all the philosophies. -Raoul Vaneigem, writer and philosopher (b.1934)
When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882).
Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. -Voltaire, philosopher and writer (1694-1778)
A very popular error: having the courage of one’s convictions; rather it is a matter of having the courage for an attack on one’s convictions. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900).
Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
No man has a prosperity so high or firm, but that two or three words can dishearten it; and there is no calamity which right words will not begin to redress. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882).
Useless laws weaken the necessary laws. -Charles de Montesquieu, philosopher and writer (1689-1755).
There is not less wit nor less invention in applying rightly a thought one finds in a book, than in being the first author of that thought. -Pierre Bayle, philosopher and writer (1647-1706)
“Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire.” -Roland Barthes, literary critic and philosopher (1915-1980).
Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze. -Diogenes, philosopher (412?-323 BCE)
Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. -Theodor Adorno, philosopher and composer (1903-1969).
Nothing contributes more to peace of soul than having no opinion at all. -Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, scientist and philosopher (1742-1799)
Words are loaded pistols. -Jean-Paul Sartre, writer and philosopher (1905-1980).
One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to vanity, ordinary actions to habit, and mean actions to fear. -Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900).