Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.
Alan W. Watts
As long as we are children, we have the ability to experience things around us--but then we grow used to the world. To grow up is to get drunk on sensory experience.
It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.
This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.
All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Michel de Montaigne
The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.
What we have forgotten is that thoughts and words are conventions, and that it is fatal to take conventions too seriously. A convention is a social convenience, as, for example, money ... but it is absurd to take money too seriously, to confuse it with real wealth ... In somewhat the same way, thoughts, ideas and words are "coins" for real things.
Alan W. Watts
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: ‘Have you HEARD THIS?
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.
Madness is something rare in individuals — but in groups, parties, peoples, and ages, it is the rule.
I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
...an optimistic mind-set finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.
Robert Anton Wilson
The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.