philosophical philosophical
literature : quotations
Never attribute to malice that which can be adquately explained by stupidity.
-- Hanlon's Razor
The best way out is always through.
-- Robert Frost
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
-- Diogenes of Sinope (The Cynic)
Writing is nothing more than a guided dream.
-- Jorge Luis Borges
In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.
-- János Arany
Many things in life will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart ... pursue those.
-- unknown
You're the Top
-- Cole Porter, 1934
Men and women may sometimes, after great effort, achieve a creditable lie; but the house, which is their temple, cannot say anything save the truth of those who have lived in it.
-- Rudyard Kipling
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein
Rules for Happiness:
- Something to do,
- Someone to love,
- Something to hope for.
-- Immanuel Kant
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure, and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell
Only a life lived for others is worth living.
-- Albert Einstein
Keep an open mind- but not so open that your brains fall out
-- anonymous
If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science, it is opinion.
-- Robert A Heinlein
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.
-- Henry David Thoreau
Talent instantly recognizes genius, but mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle
If it's their mistake, tough. If it's our mistake we negotiate.
-- overheard
Ships are safe in harbour, but that's not what ships were made for
-- Albert Einstein
It is not enough to succeed. Friends must be seen to have failed.
-- Truman Capote
Never give up, never give up, never, never, never!
-- Winston Churchill
Right now is a gift. That's why it's called the "Present".
-- unknown
Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit in it.
-- Maurice Chevalier
A drowning surrealist will not appreciate a concrete lifebelt.
-- unknown
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
This day is almost over, and its tolling time is through;
Is there anyone to utter now, a friendly word for you?
Can you say tonight in passing with the day that slipped so fast,
That you helped a single person, of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does one whose hopes were fading now with courage look ahead?
Think not on yesterday, not trouble borrow
On what might be in store for you tomorrow;
But let today be your incessant care-
The past is past, tomorrow's in the air.
Who gives today the best that in him lies
Will find the road that leads to clearer skies.
-- John Kendrick Bangs
Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness,
The gateway to all understanding.
-- Tao te Ching
Tell the truth, then run...
-- Yugoslav Proverb
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