Amos Bronson Alcott: Thought

English: Photograph of American educator and p...

English: Photograph of American educator and philosopher Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888). From the NYPL Digital Gallery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Thought means life, since those who do not think so do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man. ”

Bruce Lee: Be water, my friend

 

“Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless – like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”
Bruce Lee

 

Confucius: Forgiveness

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)

Arthur Schopenhauer: An hour's reading

Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I’ve never know any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage. ”
Arthur Schopenhauer.

Superior man

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. -Confucius, philosopher and teacher (c. 551-478 BCE)

William James: As you think, so shall you be

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910)

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The greatest discovery of our generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. As you think, so shall you be.
William James.

Albert Schweitzer: Inner Fire

List of Nobel Peace Prize laureates

List of Nobel Peace Prize laureates (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” –Albert Schweitzer, philosopher, physician, musician, Nobel laureate (1875-1965).

Saint Augustine: Wiser than Cicero and Plato

“I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.” ”
Saint Augustine.

Michel de Montaigne: Custom, not law

Deutsch: Porträt de Michel de Montaignes Engli...

Deutsch: Porträt de Michel de Montaignes English: Portrait of Michel de Montaigne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The way of the world is to make laws, but follow custom. ”
Michel De Montaigne

Jose Ortega y Gasset: Living

Jose Ortega y Gasset. Numerary professor of Ps...

Jose Ortega y Gasset. Numerary professor of Psychology, Logic and Ethics at the Escuela Superior del Magisterio de Madrid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We cannot put off living until we are ready. ”
Jose Ortega y Gasset.

George Orwell: Universal deceit

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“In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act. ”
George Orwell.

Bertrand Russell: Hang a question mark

Bertrand Russell

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.
Bertrand Russell.

Michel de Montaigne: Milesian wench

Michel de Montaigne.

I feel grateful to the Milesian wench who, seeing the philosopher Thales continually spending his time in contemplation of the heavenly vault and always keeping his eyes raised upward, put something in his way to make him stumble, to warn him that it would be time to amuse his thoughts with things in the cloud when he had seen to those at his feet. Indeed she gave him or her good counsel, to look rather to himself than to the sky.
Michel de Montaigne.

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)

Portrait of Aristoteles. Pentelic marble, copy...

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)

Confucius: Wisdom

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“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” ~ Confucius

Chicken Soup for the Soul

Jean Rostand: Degrees of killing

Kill a man, and you are an assassin. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill everyone, and you are a god. –Jean Rostand, biologist and philosopher (1894-1977)

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