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      Philosophical Quotes

      Here's a thread dedicated to quotes from brilliant minds we love to plagiarize. All breeds of philosophy, whether spiritual, existential, political, musical, psychological, or anything essentially that ends in "al."

      Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.


      Cynical realism is the intelligent man's best excuse for doing nothing in an intolerable situation

      Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

      Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.

      At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity: idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political ideas.

      Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects... totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denunciations.

      Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.

      I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.

      I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

      If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.

      It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'

      It's with bad sentiments that one makes good novels.

      Just a lot of Aldous Huxley quotes... I've got work, I'll have much more up later. Please toss in some of your favorites.
      Now this is the day you fall upon my waking eyes, Inviting and inciting me to rise, And through the window in the wall, Comes streaming in on sunlight wings, A million bright ambassadors of morning...
      And no one sings me lullabies, And no one makes me close my eyes, And so I throw the windows wide ,And call to you across the sky...

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      You must be the change you want to see in the world- Gandhi
      Shine on, you crazy diamond!

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      Well, looks like Gandhi and Huxley were the only two geniuses to ever exist, ever.
      Now this is the day you fall upon my waking eyes, Inviting and inciting me to rise, And through the window in the wall, Comes streaming in on sunlight wings, A million bright ambassadors of morning...
      And no one sings me lullabies, And no one makes me close my eyes, And so I throw the windows wide ,And call to you across the sky...

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      "The world is like a ride at an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it, you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time, and they begin to question: Is this real, or is this just a ride? And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey – don't worry, don't be afraid ever, because this is just a ride." And we … kill those people. "Shut him up. We have a lot invested in this ride. Shut him up. Look at my furrows of worry. Look at my big bank account and my family. This just has to be real." It's just a ride. But we always kill those good guys who try and tell us that, you ever notice that? And let the demons run amok. But it doesn't matter, because – it's just a ride. And we can change it anytime we want. It's only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money. A choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want you to put bigger locks on your doors, buy guns, close yourself off. The eyes of love instead see all of us as one. Here's what we can do to change the world, right now, to a better ride. Take all that money we spend on weapons and defenses each year and instead spend it feeding and clothing and educating the poor of the world, which it would pay for many times over, not one human being excluded, and we could explore space, together, both inner and outer, forever, in peace."
      -Bill Hicks

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      Friedrich Nietzsche:

      Art is the proper task of life.

      I love those who do not know how to live for today.

      In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.

      In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.

      In heaven, all the interesting people are missing.

      In the consciousness of the truth he has perceived, man now sees everywhere only the awfulness or the absurdity of existence and loathing seizes him.

      On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.

      One should die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly.

      Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.

      Sleeping is no mean art: for its sake one must stay awake all day.

      The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

      Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings - always darker, emptier and simpler.

      We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

      Whoever despises himself nonetheless respects himself as one who despises.

      Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.

      After coming into contact with a religious man I always feel I must wash my hands.

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      The answer is blowin' in the wind.

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      Einstein:

      "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."

      "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

      "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself."

      "Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

      "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."

      "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education."

      "Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."

      "We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."

      "The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

      "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

      "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty."
      Jung:

      "All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination."

      "As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."

      "Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves."

      "I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God."

      "I have treated many hundreds of patients. Among those in the second half of life - that is to say, over 35 - there has not been one whose problem in the last resort was not that of finding a religious outlook on life."

      "If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool."

      "In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order."

      "Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people."

      "Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also."

      "Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble."

      "Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you."

      "Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose."

      "The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable."

      "The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."
      All of these hang on my wall.
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      "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
      - Albert Einstein
      "We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about."
      -Joseph Campbell
      "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilisation should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
      -Albert Einstein

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      Fantastic.
      Now this is the day you fall upon my waking eyes, Inviting and inciting me to rise, And through the window in the wall, Comes streaming in on sunlight wings, A million bright ambassadors of morning...
      And no one sings me lullabies, And no one makes me close my eyes, And so I throw the windows wide ,And call to you across the sky...

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      dreams are real while they last, what more can be said about life?

      death has got to be easy cause life is so hard
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      dreams are real while they last, what more can be said about life??
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      "I think therefore I am." -Descartes.

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      Hunter S. Thompson

      "America... just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable."

      "Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect."

      "I wouldn't recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they've always worked for me."

      "The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over."

      "There is nothing more helpless and irresponsible than a man in the depths of an ether binge."
      I wouldn't consider most of these philosophical, but they sure as hell crack me up!
      "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed."
      - Albert Einstein
      "We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it is all about."
      -Joseph Campbell
      "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilisation should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder."
      -Albert Einstein

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      Haha I thought that was funny.
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