Quotes on philosophy

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But love, like the sun that it is, sets afire and melts everything. what greed and privilege to build up over whole centuries the indignation of a pious spirit, with its natural following of oppressed souls, will cast down with a single shove.
José Martí
In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty...
Robert M. Pirsig
As soon as a religion comes to dominate it has as its opponents all those who would have been its first disciples.
Friedrich Nietzsche
If just one of [those people] experiences life as a crazy adventure--and I mean that he, or she, experiences this every single day... Then he or she is a joker in a pack of cards.
Jostein Gaarder
The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest-Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure, and the absence of pain; by unhappiness, pain, and the privation of pleasure.
John Stuart Mill
No man is crushed by misfortune unless he has first been deceived by prosperity
Seneca
The meaning of earthly existence lies not, as we have grown used to thinking, in prospering but in the development of the soul.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Reality is harsh. It can be cruel and ugly. Yet no matter how much we grieve over our environment and circumstances nothing will change. What is important is not to be defeated, to forge ahead bravely. If we do this, a path will open before us.
Daisaku Ikeda
Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.
Eric Hoffer
To live is to change, to acquire the words of a story, and that is the only celebration we mortals really know.
Barbara Kingsolver
You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.
Oscar Wilde
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
Ayn Rand
down with hell and heaven and all the religious fuss
infinity pleased our parents
one inch looks good to us
E.E. Cummings
Deliverance is not for me in renunciation. I feel the embrace of freedom in a thousand bonds of delight.
Rabindranath Tagore
When faith in our freedom gives way to fear of our freedom, silencing the minority view becomes the operative protocol.
Joel Salatin
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