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Quotes, Aphorisms, Laws, and Thoughts
'There's no free will,' says the philosopher; 'To hang is most unjust.'
'There is no free will,' assents the officer; 'We hang because we must.'
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
A philosophical contempt of life is no guarantee of courage in the face of death.
Gustave Vapereau (1819-1906)
Ah, what is man?
Wherefore does he why?
Whence did he whence?
Whither is he withering?
Dan Leno (1860-1904)
An existential map has 'you are here' written all over it.
Emmanuel Kant but Genghis Khan.
Existentialism has no future.
For every philosopher, there exists an equal and opposite philosopher.
For every why he had a wherefore.
Samuel Butler (1835-1902)
God is dead, Marx is dead, and I don't feel so well myself.
Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994)
I am a deeply superficial person.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.
David T. Wolf
In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but, in practice, there is.
Jan L. A. van de Snepscheut (1953-1994)
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
James Thurber (1894-1961)
It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
Alfred Adler (1870-1937)
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
William Blake (1752-1827)
It is perfectly obvious that the whole world is going to hell.
J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)
It isn't what people think that's important, but the reason they think what they think.
Eugène Ionesco (1909-1994)
Most people are fools, most authority is malignant, god does not exist, and everything is wrong.
Ted Nelson (1937- )
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
My son has taken up meditation - at least it's better than sitting doing nothing.
O Lord, help me be pure, but not yet.
Augustine of Hippo (354-430)
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944)
Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.
Philosophy is questions that may never be answered, but religion is answers that may never be questioned.
The conclusion of your syllogism is fallacious, being based upon licensed premises.
Myles na gCopaleen (1911-1966)
The only true voyage of discovery, the only fountain of Eternal Youth, would be not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes...
Marcel Proust (1871-1922)
What if there were no hypothetical situations?
What's right is what's left if you do everything else wrong.
When ideas fail, words can come in handy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Why is this thus? What is the reason of this thusness?
Artemus Ward (1834-1867)
Your karma ran over my dogma.