Sunday, 16 September 2012

Quotations from the philosophers


We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. ~ Schopenhauer

Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude. ~ Schopenhauer

The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk. Hegel

We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need. ~ Epicurus

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed. ~ Socrates

Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few. ~ David Hume

The mother of dissipation is not joy but joylessness. Nietzsche

A quick test of the assertion that enjoyment outweighs pain in this world, or that they are at any rate balanced, would be to compare the feelings of an animal engaged in eating another with those of the animal being eaten. Schopenhauer

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. - Baruch Spinoza

Out of the crooked timbers of mankind no straight thing was ever made. Kant

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. ~ Confucius

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature. ~ Socrates

Religion is to mysticism what popularisation is to science ~ Henri Bergson

People are drawn to religion by their consciousness of consciousness, by an awareness of a light shining in the centre of their being. Roger Scruton 

All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind.- Bishop Berkeley

Desire is the essence of a man. - Baruch Spinoza

Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune. William James

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.  Nietzsche 

It is clear that thought is not free if the profession of certain opinions make it impossible to earn a living. - Bertrand Russell

Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself. Pascal

Eccentricity has always abounded when and where strength of character had abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigour, and courage which it contained. - John Stuart Mill

Free institutions are next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities. John Stuart Mill

Life can only be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards. Nietzsche

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune. ~ Schopenhauer

The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything. Nietzsche

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. Voltaire

Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders.  Nietzsche

Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. ~ Schopenhauer

You have only to see the interest that women take in personal adornment to realise that nature intended them for a purely secondary role. Nietzsche

Society is perpetually persecuting. A. J. Balfour

Conservatism is about love. Roger Scruton

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. ~ Aristotle 

By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man. Immanuel Kant

Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known. Pascal

It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.
Immanuel Kant

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. Wittgenstein

Happiness is bloom upon the cheek of youth. Aristotle

It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well. ~ Descartes 

There can be nothing more dreadful than that the actions of one man should be subject to the will of another. Immanuel Kant

It is good that I did not let myself be influenced. Wittgenstein

Immaturity is the incapacity to use one's intelligence without the guidance of another.
Immanuel Kant

As civilised human beings, we are the inheritors, neither of an inquiry about ourselves and the world, nor of an accumulating body of information, but of a conversation, begun in the primeval forests and extended and made more articulate in the course of centuries. It is a conversation which goes on both in public and within each of ourselves. Michael Oakeshott

Thou hast created us for Thyself, and our heart is not quiet until it rests in Thee. ~ Saint Augustine

You gotta have a body. Jayne Mansfield


  1. A nation with no food culture at all which still claims to be a major empire(financial) will always be a morally deprived hungry hippo.

  2. My favorite quote was written by Dante
    " follow your own path, let others talk"