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philosophybits·11 hours agoQuote
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, or On Education
Habit accustoms us to everything. What we see too much, we no longer imagine; and it is only imagination which makes us feel the ills of others. It is thus by dint of seeing death and suffering that priests and doctors become pitiless.
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J. L. Austin, Philosophical Papers
As ‘truth’ is not a name of a characteristic of assertions, so ‘freedom’ is not a name for a characteristic of actions, but the name of a dimension in which actions are assessed.
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Bertrand Russell, Proposed Roads To Freedom
It is difficult not to hate those who torture the objects of our love.
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Epictetus, Fragments
Control your passions, lest they take vengeance on you.
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Mikhail Bakunin, “The Paris Commune and the Idea of the State”
The future social organization should be carried out from the bottom up… It is only then that the true, life-giving social order of liberty and general welfare will come into being, a social order which, far from restricting, will affirm and reconcile the interests of individuals and of society.
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J. J. van der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion
The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced.
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Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra
This is the hardest of all: to close the open hand out of love, and keep modest as a giver.
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Epicurus, Vatican Sayings
Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.
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Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy
Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.
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Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness Unto Death
Sin itself is detachment from the good, but despair over sin is a second detachment.
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Max Horkheimer, “The Latest Attack on Metaphysics”
When an active individual of sound common sense perceives the sordid state of the world, desire to change it becomes the guiding principle by which he organizes given facts and shapes them into a theory. The methods and categories as well as the transformation of the theory can be understood only in connection with his taking of sides. This, in turn, discloses both his sound common sense and the character of the world. Right thinking depends as much on right willing as right willing on right thinking.
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