Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Seneca

March 11, 2015

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Virtue is a vice
when it wears the mask of God’s
common dominion

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All nature is a
recognition of art’s gift
to adversity

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Labor injures the
mind; its only remedy
is the shrift of gold

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Hatred impairs one’s
self-respect, but vengeance is
fortune’s great favor

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Be silent, and if
you can’t be silent know that
we’re not listening

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Consult a madman
on all things and steer in a
favorable wind

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A fool knows not that
recognizable order
is never maintained

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Deny admittance
to the passions and life is
onerous solace

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The infirmity
of language shrivels before
the terror of law

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Live among men as
if you are unable to
bear humanity

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Aquinas

April 20, 2014

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It is requisite
for the relaxation of
the mind to bear sin

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Because we cannot
know what God is, we live by
faith’s poetic myths

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Law: an ordinance
of reason made by him who
has care of evil

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A man cannot live
without the sorrow of his
carnal addictions

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Beware of the book
of knowledge; it is but a
material thing

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The active power
of the male seed tends to the
production of death

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Nothing on this earth
is prized more than a woman’s
playful endowments

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In order for a
war to be just, it requires
no explanation

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Life’s greatest pleasure
is the tedious pursuit
of true salvation

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Lao Tzu (Laozi)

October 31, 2013

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Treat the wicked with
patience and compassion—but
help them to perish

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Existence is a
small fish in the water of
faithful nonbeing

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The Way of Heaven
is a music unheard by
the conquering gods

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The attainment of
nothing creates contentment;
nothing is wisdom

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The good traveler
moves in the shadow of the
paradoxical

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The greatest joy is
the courage to know that there
is no greatest joy

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When I let go of
what I am, my fingers touch
the source of my self

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A leader is a
goose. A scholar is an ox.
A sage is an ant.

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Death is a series
of small desires—it is the
flower of nature

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Hegel

October 21, 2013

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The spoken word is
the immediate truth of
animal knowledge

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Nature is the great
despoiler of beauty, an
uncivilized jest

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The scholar sees the
value in everything but
corporeal thought

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The dialectic
is pure light and pure darkness
in perfect conflict

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When liberty is
mentioned, universal rights
mean nothing at all

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Without shoes that fit,
little will be accomplished
in the real world

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Man is too divine
for Providence; he is the
total creation

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The history of
Germany depends on the
judgment of heroes

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Consciousness is the
external reality
of intuition

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The mere idea
of government rests solely
on servants’ logic

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Schopenhauer

May 14, 2013

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Every suicide
of a theologian is
a resurrection

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Patriotism is
the wax dog of cowardice
barking at your heart

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A man is himself
only so long as he’s not
intelligible

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The monogamous
relationship will never
assuage solitude

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After your death you
will be what you were before
music existed

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A man’s brain is an
idiot text, parasite
of his intellect

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Perversity is
a fascination with the
inexplicable

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Socrates (via Plato et al.)

February 23, 2013

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Luxury is the
natural contentment with
artificial things

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I am in friendly
harmony with evil: My
mother is for sale

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There is only one
good, but it is not in the
field of my knowledge

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Having the fewest
wants, I am nearest to the
poverty of God

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Old age is wretched;
I’ve had as much as a man
can bear and then some

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Beauty infects the
soul with the desire for gold
and wise ignorance

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Justice and virtue
are false words; follow not where
they aspire to lead

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Spinoza

January 21, 2013

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He alone is free
who lives with the confusion
of natural sin

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True virtue is life
under the direction of
the divine absurd

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Whatsoe’er is, is
in music. Without music
there is only God

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As you go to war,
be abject, indignant and
love deformity

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Salvation is the
greatest pride, far beyond man’s
self-complacency

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We feel and know that
happiness is a nuisance;
we strive not to laugh

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By common consent,
a humble ignorance is
our greatest desire

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Nietzsche

December 3, 2012

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God was Woman’s first
mistake; then Man; then Love; then
Christianity

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You have your way, I
have my way. Your way is fine
for a lunatic

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That which does not kill
me does not exist. Death is
the faith of all life

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If you gaze into
the abyss of marriage it
will destroy your soul

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Without egoism,
music would be a mistake
and art would be blind

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All things are subject
to the interpretation
of an idiot

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To live is to know
that suffering does not prove
anything at all

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E.M. Cioran

September 27, 2012

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Consciousness is a
concession to the boredom
of dead sensation

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Silence: the echo
of ennui, the sudden state
of eternity

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Democracy is
an imposter, the tyrant
as mad dream poet

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Civilization
is always preferable
to the tomb of God

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Paradise is a
distant enemy—a thorn
in my suffering

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The ambition to
sleep is thwarted by the fear
of killing oneself

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To speak in the name
of others is to butcher
sweet indifference

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Albert Camus

July 25, 2012

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At thirty, a man
should know himself like the palm
of a martyr’s hand

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A work of art is
a confession from the heart
of a heretic

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The weight of days is
the true university
of the hopeless fool

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Absurdity can
strike any man in the face
like autumn flowers

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Alone, without God,
we are in servitude to
the State, our master

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The adoration
of the police is the sign
of a vulgar mind

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At a certain age,
every man’s responsible
for his slavery

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Paul Valéry

June 13, 2012

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An oracle of
indifference, God never
finishes His work

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Two dangers threaten
the world: the man of sound mind
and the true madman

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Politeness is the
science of charm, abuse and
total massacre

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At times I think, and
at times I am—I feel like
a calculator

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The history of
literature may be summed
up in a word: war

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Poe is the dancer
of disorder, the fire of
dreams and misfortune

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Businessmen should be
under lock and key; it is
a poet’s judgment

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Alfred North Whitehead

October 6, 2011

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Religion will not
regain its old power till
we pray to Science

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Abstinence is not
simplicity; abstinence
is the death of God

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Civilization
advances by extending
its distrust of art

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The human body
is an instrument for the
production of vice

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To make the past live
we must perceive it as the
eternal present

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There are billions of
molecules in the human
soul—they dance like fish

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Ninety percent of
life is pain; the rest is Christ
nailed to a cheap cross

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Immortality
is the everlasting search
for anesthesia

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Of what value is
the attainment of knowledge
if you have no mind?

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Solitariness
is a bagatelle; being
alone is pure zest

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Amid the flux, there
is something that survives: the
need for a large truck

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Put your brain in cold
storage; thinking is merely
abstract inference

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Meister Eckhart

September 5, 2011

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He who would be pure
must be transformed by the light
of a thousand books

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When God called at home
I had gone out for a walk . . .
Thwarted by action!

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A serene person
needs but one thing: the thick hide
of a simple ox

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I am secure in
the knowledge that God cannot
see my puny soul

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He who has mastered
detachment is the hinge on
the door of sorrow

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Contemplation of
the Eternal Birth will plant
you in the hard ground

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There exists only
yesterday—tomorrow was
many years ago

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God expects but one
thing of you—thank Him that you
know not what it is

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A thousand years hence
the eye of creation will
see only darkness

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The knower is a
creature whose heart is empty
of all compassion

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Hume

June 15, 2011

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If the sun does not
rise tomorrow, tyranny
will still rule us all

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A propensity
to hope must be proportioned
with vivid sorrow

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Any man seasoned
with the imperfections of
reason is a knave

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The moral beauty
of Christians gives rise to the
worst of history

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The inclination
to perceive miracles is
the brain’s poverty

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Custom is the great
guide to avarice and the
blood-spill of labor

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Persons acquainted
with the evidence of pure
design see not truth

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The healing temper
of an oyster attests to
its divinity

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Real passion is
in all cases sufficient
to establish vice

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Friedrich von Schlegel

May 12, 2011

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A priest is he who
lives solely in the realm of
sweet titillation

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An artist is he
for whom Christianity
is a divine sin

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A woman should have
more than one stomach so she
can consume herself

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The sensuous kiss
of childbirth is the essence
of the feminine

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Truth is a form of
paradox; paradox is
a form of hedgehog

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Walter Benjamin

April 22, 2011

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The beauty of a
harlot is the frenzy of
her apparatus

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Before touching a
baby one must pour oil on
its joints and spindles

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To be happy is
to be uninformed; it is
life in a nutshell

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Memory is a
robber who seizes a past
that should be interred

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Etiquette is a
quarrel with the chaotic
boredom of fashion

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To a cannibal
procreation is just too
much of a good thing

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All human knowledge
takes the form of disgust with
interpretation

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The ecstasy of
destruction spices one’s fright
of death without hope

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Art is a process
of unconscious impulses
like rustling leaves

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Social existence:
the theatre of borrowed
wayside opinions

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Quotations are the
irresponsible substance
of character shock

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Love is all optics . . .
Flashes of passion that are
not worth the trouble

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