Aristotle: Foolish corner

There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. -Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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Aristotle, a 4th-century-BCE philosopher, portrayed in 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle as a 15th-century-CE scholar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Bertrand Russell: Individual existence

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).

Francis Bacon: Root of all superstition

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).

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Defrauding myself

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).

Voltaire: Animals

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)

Aristotle: Philosophy

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. –Aristotle, philosopher (384-322 BCE)

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Portrait of Aristoteles. Pentelic marble, copy of the Imperial Period (1st or 2nd century) of a lost bronze sculpture made by Lysippos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: Convictions

Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies. –Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)

Albert Camus: Absolute justice

Absolute justice is achieved by the suppression of all contradiction: therefore it destroys freedom. –Albert Camus, writer, philosopher, Nobel laureate (1913-1960).

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Prosperity and calamity

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).

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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Solitude

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It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. –Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

Diogenes: Superiors’ fire

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)

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English: Portrait of Hellenic philosopher Diogenes Babylonicus (Diogenes of Babylon / Diogenes the Stoic) Διογένης (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Louis de Bonald: Literature

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Literature is the language of society, as speech is the language of man. –Louis de Bonald, philosopher and politician (1754-1840)

Henri Frederic Amiel: Make Use Of Suffering

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You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering. –Henri Frederic Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)

Omar Khayyam: Hell, paradise and flowers

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Oh, threats of hell and hopes of paradise! / One thing at least is certain — this life flies; / One thing is certain, and the rest is lies; / The flower that once has blown forever dies. –Omar Khayyam, poet, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, and physician (1048-1131)

Jose Ortega Y Gasset: Me and my surroundings

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I am I plus my surroundings and if I do not preserve the latter, I do not preserve myself. –Jose Ortega Y Gasset, philosopher and essayist (1883-1955)