Quotes on philosophy

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We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.
Lao Tzu
Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.
H.L. Mencken
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
Henri Bergson
One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.
K.L. Toth
Knowledge subverts love: in proportion as we penetrate our secrets, we come to loathe our kind, precisely because they resemble us.
Emil Cioran
Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
Isaac Asimov
The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.
Epicurus
If a man has character, he has also his typical experience, which always recurs.
Friedrich Nietzsche
it is all very well for you to write simply and the simpler the better. But do not start to think so damned simply. Know how complicated it is and then state it simply.
Ernest Hemingway
A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent, so that if he does not attain to their greatness, at any rate he will get some tinge of it.
Niccolò Machiavelli
All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents are dead, even now, it still surprises me, to exist in the world while that which made me has ceased to exist.
Nicole Krauss
I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.
Baruch Spinoza
The first and most important thing an individual can do is to become an individual again, decontrol himself, train himself as to what is going on and win back as much independent ground for himself as possible
William S. Burroughs
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
David Hume
The more you struggle to live, the less you live. Give up the notion that you must be sure of what you are doing. Instead, surrender to what is real within you, for that alone is sure....you are above everything distressing.
Baruch Spinoza
A preoccupation with the next world clearly shows an inability to cope credibly with this one.
Richard K. Morgan
To be evenminded
is the greatest virtue.
Wisdom is to speak
the truth and act
in keeping with its nature.
Heraclitus
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone one who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Anonymous
It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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