The object of every philosophy as the ground of explanation for experience must lie outside experience.
Johann Gottlieb Fichte, First Introduction to the Wissenschaftslehre
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We are nothing on earth if we are not in the first place the slaves of a cause, the cause of the peoples, the cause of justice and liberty.
Frantz Fanon, "Letter to Roger Tayeb (December 1961)"
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There is no such thing as speculative philosophy, a system of sentences with a special subject matter on a par with those of the sciences. To pursue philosophy can be only to clarify the concepts and sentences of science by logical analysis.
Rudolf Carnap, Erkenntnis, vol 1
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Is trust a matter of belief or emotion? Both, in complexly related ways. Trusting someone, one believes that she will keep her commitments, and at the same time one appraises those commitments as very important for one’s own flourishing. But that latter appraisal is a key constituent part of a number of emotions, including hope, fear, and, if things go wrong, deep grief and loss. Trust is probably not identical to those emotions, but under normal circumstances of life it often proves sufficient for them.
Martha Nussbaum, Anger and Forgiveness
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When the mind regards itself and its own power of activity, it feels pleasure: and that pleasure is greater in proportion to the distinctness wherewith it conceives itself and its own power of activity.
Baruch Spinoza, Ethics
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It is true: Man is the microcosm: I am my world.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Notebooks: 1914-1916
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Civilizations are illusions, but these illusions are pervasive, dangerous, and powerful. They contribute to globalization’s brutality. They allow us, for example, to say that we believe in global free markets and, in the same breath, to discount as impossible the global free movement of labor; to claim that we believe in democracy and human equality, and yet to stymie the creation of global institutions based on one-person-one-vote and equality before the law.
Mohsin Hamid, Discontent and Its Civilizations (via quotespile)
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Light illuminates by shedding darkness; can light dispel a dark it never meets? Were darkness shed by light it never meets, a single lamp could lift the darkness of a galaxy.
Nāgārjuna, Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, Batchelor tr. (Ch 7)
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The misconception which has haunted philosophic literature throughout the centuries is the notion of ‘independent existence.’ There is no such mode of existence; every entity is only to be understood in terms of the way it is interwoven with the rest of the universe.
Alfred North Whitehead, Essays in Science and Philosophy
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All my life I did not want it to be only words. This is why I lived, because I kept not wanting it. And now, too, every day I want it not to be words.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Demons
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It may be expedient but it is not just that some should have less in order that others may prosper.
John Rawls, A Theory of Justice
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An idea is a concept perfected to the point of irony, an absolute synthesis of absolute antitheses, the continual self-creating interchange of two conflicting thoughts.
Friedrich Schlegel, Athenaeum Fragments
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You have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (via quotespile)
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What peculiar privilege has this little agitation of the brain which we call thought, that we must thus make it the model of the whole universe? Our partiality in our own favour does indeed present it on all occasions; but sound philosophy ought carefully to guard against so natural an illusion.
David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
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To renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties. For him who renounces everything no indemnity is possible. Such a renunciation is incompatible with man’s nature; to remove all liberty from his will is to remove all morality from his acts. Finally, it is an empty and contradictory convention that sets up, on the one side, absolute authority, and, on the other, unlimited obedience.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
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We are bored stiff with regularity and sequence — confess it, you also, you men of science. At the mere thought that, however we may think, we can get no further than the acknowledgment of the old regularity, an invincible disgust to any kind of mental work overcomes us. To discover another law — still another — when already we have far more than we can do with! Surely if there is any will-to-think left in us, it is established in the supposition that the mind cannot and must not have any bounds, any limits; and that the theory of knowledge, which is based on the history of knowledge and on a few very doubtful assumptions, is only a piece of property belonging to a certain caste, and has nothing to do with us others...
Lev Shestov, All Things Are Possible
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Time discovers truth.
Seneca, On Anger
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