Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

Thomas Hobbes

March 10, 2011

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The Papacy is
an empire of secret thoughts
and obscene desires

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A man’s religion
may be erroneous; so
also his judgment

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Lust is immortal,
and the fruit thereof is the
privilege of flesh

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Prudence is nothing
but glory arising from
the chains of virtue

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The inclination
of all mankind is toward
perpetual death

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Gluttony endures
storms of conscience to voyage
on seas of pleasure

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The earth itself is
a commodious prison
of gravitation

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Absurdity is
the mother of heresy
and profane laughter

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We endure the grave
authority of nature
with restless horror

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Not believing in
art is not believing in
the future of time

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de Sade

February 16, 2011

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Sensual excess
is the greatest of all man’s
moral principles

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A poor fool indeed
is he who adopts the Church
as his sole mistress

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Philosophy is
fiction to titillate the
imagination

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God loves the lust of
the wanton theologian . . .
And God will be served

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The flame of pain lights
the torch of torment—hence life
is agreeable

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The only way to
a man’s heart is through the plucked
flower of deathlust

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Equilibrium
can be maintained only through
the triumph of sex

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Chastity is the
vehicle by which woman
deceives reverence

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Nature subsists on
anarchy; Providence on
cruelty and vice

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Marshall McLuhan

February 1, 2011

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Politics is the
cave art of the modern world . . .
Magic uselessness

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Advertising is
a numbing blow from which we
never recover

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Education is
public manipulation
as entertainment

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I wouldn’t have seen
it if I hadn’t believed
in television

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The medium is
the spaceship . . . The message is
immortality

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Affluence creates
insatiable appetite
and very poor art

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Processed goods, packaged
entertainment, canned music . . .
We need war fever

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The sex organs of
the corporate machine will
fecundate like bees

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Art is whatever
your senses have been programmed
to think it is not

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Your nervous system
needs protection from man-made
consumer circuits

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Moses Hess

January 4, 2011

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Collapsed spirits of
messianic atheists
struggle with heaven

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My raw craving for
the eyes of God germinates
like a pious sin

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Primal hate is the
peculiar faith of humans
who are inhuman

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God has a thousand
masks but only one public
name: Incognito

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The religion of
the future will be a joy
cult of agony

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Georges Bataille

December 9, 2010

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Sovereign beauty
cannot elude the rage of
tortured misfortune

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To place oneself in
a sexual position
with God is painful

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I dream of the fruit
of my moonlight ecstasy
with a befouled owl

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A saint is a worm
whose blood hides violent crimes
of morality

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Pleasure is only
intellectual despair
assenting to death

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The human species
is a terrifying thing
even for madmen

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Literature is
incomplete without the truth
of contradiction

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The purity of
rational calculation
is tainted thinking

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Eroticism is
a rebellion against love’s
deep incoherence

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Annihilation
is the impenetrable
essence of desire

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In order to go
astray it’s necessary
to poison meaning

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Dostoyevsky

November 14, 2010

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A real gentleman
would dry up at once if he
did meaningful work

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Immortality
is a devourer of the
agonized living

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One can know a god
from his laugh . . . If you like a
god’s laugh hide your heart

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The cleverest of
men know that the soul is healed
by being with fools

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If there is no God
two and two make five when you’re
counting your troubles

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There is no virtue
so old that something new can’t
be said against it

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Sarcasm is the last
refuge of those who really
love humanity

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Cannibalism is
the lowest form of pleasure . . .
Eat me and feel shame

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On the battlefield
of men and women one must
dare to lop off heads

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Happiness does not
lie in nothing left unsaid . . .
Secrets sing of joy

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Lenin

November 4, 2010

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Socialism is the
electrification of
real democracy

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Capitalism is
a mysterious product
of social decay

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Materialism
will debauch the mind and crush
the human spirit

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An enslaved press ruled
by an oligarchy is
a crime against God

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The basic evil
of money-bags politics:
lies told to excess

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Not every Congress
has revolutionary
possibilities

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Fascism is despair
lifting itself up by its
own backward bootstraps

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Intellectual
development requires some
knowledge of the truth

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While the ruling class
exists there can be no road
but self-sacrifice

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Politics cannot
be taken seriously
for five hundred years

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Propaganda is
the craftiness of scoundrels
plus “free” expression

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Spiritual death
is the monopoly stage
of clerical rule

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The spinelessness of
the Democratic Party
is beyond all hope

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The machinery
of wage slavery runs on
tortured currency

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Kafka

October 30, 2010

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You do not need to
leave your room to roll in the
stench of ecstasy

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God is never to
be doubted . . . but the Bible
cannot be believed

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If Atlas were to
drop the Earth we could all find
perfect happiness

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A fresh outburst of
beauty is worthless without
the refuge of vice

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Self-observation
is a hollow, boring act
of complacency

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Whatever distracts
from perpetual despair
is born of evil

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Take an ax to the
Tree of Knowledge . . . The serpent
will writhe at your feet

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In the fight between
Don Quixote and the world,
Sancho Panza wins

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The transmigration
of souls is as comfortless
as the infinite

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Kiss your guilt as you
would kiss a woman, then creep
away and use drugs

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Kandinsky

October 18, 2010

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Everything starts from
an empty white canvas . . . The
soul is a black dot

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Abstract painting is
the autonomous hammer
of the sacred eye

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Subdued blue is a
heavy cross to bear . . . A grief
lovelier than flame

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Existence is an
internal necessity
justified by art

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Only the artist
can grasp the vibrating light
of mystical sin

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True art is hardly
human . . . It’s the expression
of a stillborn child

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Color burns with a
mysterious power . . . I
fear its blind demands

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Civilization
is made more frightening by
adequate poets

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There is only one
road to follow . . . It won’t take
you to the next world

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It is the artist’s
duty to violate his
essential being

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Sunday is a task
too painful to bear . . . It will
damage your objects

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Music is breath . . . Its
enigmatic echoes are
full of silent chords

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Tristan Tzara

October 13, 2010

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Thought is the egg of
human imbecility . . .
The head is useless

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Tenderness is an
armadillo that can hiss
like a glockenspiel

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Butterflies are made
in the mouth of God as an
insult to the air

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Journalism is an
arthritic virgin riding
a tottering ear

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Spontaneity
can be invented only
by an art turbine

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The spiral river
of incoherence is straight
as a revolver

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I do not wish to
fathom the normal or the
work of professors

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Be attuned to the
gleam of constellations and
the arc of hiccups

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For myself, I have
an unquestionable faith
in quack egoism

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Literature is
a microbe that will destroy
all seriousness

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Enthusiasm for
algebraic formulas
is a tragic state

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Morals were betrothed
in hell to the law . . . Explode,
don’t conciliate

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Confucius

October 4, 2010

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The book salesman should
be honored because he knows
the books that will sell

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There are three methods
to gaining wisdom . . . All of
them are perilous

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At the center of
your being is a diamond
with a perfect flaw

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Choose a job you love
and you are gently shouldered
off the stage of life

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If you look into
your own heart and find nothing
there, plant a love seed

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Never give a sword
to a virtuous man . . . Give
him a book instead

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God is a tiger . . .
There is nothing to be feared
more than a tiger

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Do not impose on
God what you yourself do not
desire to practice

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The wickedness of
an oppressive government
is the zeal of wealth

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A superior
man who can’t dance will never
achieve true knowledge

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The man whose teachers
are anger and hate has the
soul of a pebble

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Protagoras

August 30, 2010

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No intelligent
man believes that justice is
abiding by truth

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I have no way of
knowing that the soul exists;
but measurement errs

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There are two sides to
every god: the side of base
deeds, and evil deeds

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Art is the measure
of all things . . . Courage is the
measure of all art

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Never willingly
accept advice from a man
who cannot be taught

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Knowledge, virtue and
excellence do not repose
in soundness of mind

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Empedocles

August 3, 2010

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Ruling nature! Thoughts
come together into one . . .
Beliefs come apart

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Love is a circle
of boundless light borne through the
dark sky of nowhere

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God is the center
of everywhere; He extends
time’s circumference

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Happy is the god
whose divine hatred is borne
through all the wide air

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Wealth gained through wretched
strife is not binding on the
things of lawfulness

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Anaxagoras

July 18, 2010

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The moon is obscure . . .
Exceedingly itself, it
exists apart, lost

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It is I who call
the sun into being . . . The
gods are perishing

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Dissolution is
the descent from self-ruled Mind
to appearances

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A glimpse of Hades
and it is possible to
dissolve everything

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The infinite is
the same from every place . . . So
too all things unseen

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Democritus

July 13, 2010

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The kingdom of gold
exists . . . Everything else is
empty opinion

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Moderation is
an injustice . . . Throw prudence
to the winds of sin

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Happiness is the
fruit of useless gifts . . . Strive to
trust chance and folly

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The gods stumble in
their blindness . . . Baneful old men
who do not listen

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It is better to
destroy Persia than one’s own
atoms of battle

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The silly rich should
think on the one true cause of
injurious greed

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The poor can console
themselves with little more than
desire and good deeds

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Heraclitus

June 30, 2010

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Man is most nearly
himself when he steps in the
same sacred dung twice

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Protracted effort
is needed to hide from the
danger of wedlock

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Renounce the way up
and renounce the way down . . . They
are not to be reached

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Big results require
deliberate violence
and discordant souls

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Nothing endures but
beautiful corpses quenched in
the river of fire

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God must carry a
heavy chain of ignorance . . .
Each day reveals it

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Seriousness does
not teach understanding . . . Wine
is our guardian

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Opposition to
the Universe is man’s fate . . .
Nature is diseased

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