“Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.”
“Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed.”
“The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people.”
“Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.”
“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.”
“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.”
“The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.”
“Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.”
“We should not say that one man’s hour is worth another man’s hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time’s carcass.” “The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.”
you're lonely when you're alone, you're in bad company.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Do you think that I count the days? There is only one day left, always starting over: it is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“I'm going to smile, and my smile will sink down into your pupils, and heaven knows what it will become.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Hell is—other people!” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.
It is up to you to give [life] a meaning.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Freedom is what we do with what is done to us.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“We are our choices.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.” ― Jean Paul Sartre
“It's quite an undertaking to start loving somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment right at the start where you have to jump across an abyss: if you think about it you don't do it.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In Heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together. ” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” ― Aristotle
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” ― Aristotle, Metaphysics
“What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” ― Aristotle
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle
“Hope is a waking dream.” ― Aristotle
“No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.” ― Aristotle
“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ― Aristotle
“Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.” ― Aristotle
“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives - choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” ― Aristotle
“A friend to all is a friend to none.” ― Aristotle
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ― Plato
“Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.” ― Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato
“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” ― Plato
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ― Plato
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato
“The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.” ― Plato, The Republic
“According to Greek mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.” ― Plato, The Symposium
“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ― Plato, The Republic
“Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” ― Plato
1 “I had, therefore, to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”
2. “Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number, not voices, but weigh them.”
3. “Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.”
4. “It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge that begins with experience.”
5. “The only objects of practical reason are therefore those of good and evil. For by the former is meant an object necessarily desired according to a principle of reason; by the latter one necessarily shunned, also according to a principle of reason.”
6. “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
7. “Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.”
8. “Intuition and concepts constitute… the elements of all our knowledge, so that neither concepts without an intuition in some way corresponding to them, nor intuition without concepts, can yield knowledge.”
9. “All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason.” 10. “But although all our knowledge begins with experience, it does not follow that it arises from experience.”
** "When you wander, as you often delight to do, you wander indeed, and give never such satisfaction as the curious time requires." - Francis Bacon.
** "If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties." - Francis Bacon.
** "Let the mind be enlarged to the grandeur of the mysteries, and not the mysteries contracted to the narrowness of the mind" - Francis Bacon.
** "God has, in fact, written two books, not just one. Of course, we are all familiar with the first book he wrote, namely Scripture. But he has written a second book called creation." - Francis Bacon.
** "He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief." - Francis Bacon.
** "It is a sad fate for a man to die too well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself." - Francis Bacon.
** "I usually accept bribes from both sides so that tainted money can never influence my decision." - Francis Bacon.
** "Tunes and airs have in themselves some affinity with the affections." - Francis Bacon.
** "Nay, number itself in armies, importeth not much, where the people is of weak courage; for as Virgil saith it never troubles the wolf how many the sheep be." - Francis Bacon, 'Essays Or Counsels Civil And Moral'.
** "Beauty itself is but the sensible image of the Infinite." - Francis Bacon.
In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors, since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors.Bertrand Russell: UnpopularEssays
Arguments and Controversy
The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.Bertrand Russell: Unpopular Essays
Boredom and Bores
Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist, since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of Happiness
One should respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of Happiness
Enthusiasm and Zeal
What hunger is in relation to food, zest is in relation to life.Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of Happiness
Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.Bertrand Russell: Unpopular Essays
Gossip and Rumor
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.Bertrand Russell: On Education
Heaven, Hell, and the Hereafter
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.Bertrand Russell: Sceptical Essays
We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.Bertrand Russell: Sceptical Essays
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.Bertrand Russell: The Conquest of Happiness
The spirit of a nation is reflected in its history, its religion, and the degree of its political freedom. The improvement of individual morality is a matter involving one’s private religion, one’s parents, one’s personal efforts, and one’s individual situation. The cultivation of the spirit of the people as a whole requires in addition the respective contributions of folk religion and political institutions.
Prospects for a Folk Religion (1793)
Germany is no longer a state. The German Constitution (1798)
Knowledge of the Idea of the absolute ethical order depends entirely on the establishment of perfect adequacy between intuition and concept, because the Idea itself is nothing other than the identity of the two. But if this identity is to be actually known, it must be thought as a made adequacy. System of Ethical Life (1803-4)
In the tool the subjectivity of labour is raised to something universal. Anyone can make a similar tool and work with it. To this extent the tool is the persistent norm of labour. System of Ethical Life (1803-4)
The master is in possession of a surplus of what is physically necessary; the servant lacks it, and indeed in such a way that the surplus and the lack of it are not accidental aspects but the indifference of necessary needs. System of Ethical Life (1803-4)
This ideal and rational middle term is speech, the tool of reason, the child of intelligent beings. System of Ethical Life (1803-4)
The spoken word unites the objectivity of the corporeal sign with the subjectivity of gesture, the articulation of the latter with the self-awareness of the former. System of Ethical Life (1803-4)
Spirit is the “nature” of individuals, their immediate substance, and its movement and necessity; it is as much the personal consciousness in their existence as it is their pure consciousness, their life, their actuality. Jena Lectures of 1805-6
The wealthy man is directly compelled to modify his relation of mastery, and even others’ distrust for it, by permitting a more general participation in it. Jena Lectures of 1805-6
The universal is a people, a group of individuals in general, an existent whole, the universal force. It is of insurmountable strength against the individual, and is his necessity and the power oppressing him. And the strength that each one has in his being-recognized is that of a people. This strength, however, is effective only insofar as it is united into a unity, only as will. The universal will is the will as that of all and each, but as will it is simply this Self alone. The activity of the universal is a unity. The universal will has to gather itself into this unity. It has first to constitute itself as a universal will, out of the will of individuals, so that this appears as the principle and element. Yet on the other hand the universal will is primary and the essence – and individuals have to make themselves into the universal will through the negation of their own will, [in] externalization and cultivation. The universal will is prior to them, it is absolutely there for them – they are in no way immediately the same. Jena Lectures
People who know little are usually great talkers, while men who know much say little.” ― Jean Jacques Rousseau
I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“The first man who, having enclosed a piece of ground, bethought himself of saying This is mine, and found people simple enough to believe him, was the real founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows, "Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
“I know the feelings of my heart, and I know men. I am not made like any of those I have seen; I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different. Whether Nature has acted rightly or wrongly in destroying the mould in which she cast me, can only be decided after I have been read.” ― Jean Jacques Rousseau
“I would rather be a man of paradoxes than a man of prejudices.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
To be sane in a world of madman is in itself madness.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau
“What wisdom can you find greater than kindness.” ― Jean Jacques Rousseau