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Doubt is the origin of wisdom. René Descartes
Bad books engender bad habits, but bad habits engender good books. Descartes
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. Pericles
It is man’s natural sickness to believe that he always possesses the truth. Blaise Pascal
I don't even know that I know nothing.
It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into. Jonathan Swift
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important. CSL
Without courage, wisdom bears no fruit. Baltasar Gracián
In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle
Hunger not to have, but to be. John Dewey
Without work, all life goes rotten. But when work is soulless, life stifles and dies. Albert Camus
Peace if possible, truth at all costs. Martin Luther
Judge of a tree by its fruit, not by its leaves. Periander of Corinth
The only way of truly knowing a person is to love them without hope. Walter Benjamin
There is nothing more necessary than truth, in comparison with it, everything else has only secondary value.
When virtue is the slave of pleasure it no longer deserves the name of virtue. Augustine
Even on the most exalted throne in the world, we are only sitting on our own bottom. Montaigne
The most common lies are the ones we tell ourselves. Lying to others is relatively an exception. Nietzsche
Art is the proper task of life. Nietzsche
Some throw a bit of their personality after their bad arguments, as if that might turn them into right arguments. Nietzsche
He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. Nietzsche
For the mediocre, happiness lies in being mediocre. Nietzsche
Your body hears everything your mind says. Naomi Judd
When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates
The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend. Aristotle
Falsehood has an infinity of combinations, but truth has only one mode of being. Rousseau
Without the freedom to offend, freedom of speech is meaningless. Salman Rushdie
I prefer nothing, unless it is true. Plato
Man has no other reason for philosophizing than that he may be happy.
Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato
You can be sincere and still be stupid. Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. Descartes
Critique implies a standard. C. S. Lewis
Patience is the companion of wisdom. Augustine
Man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make his happiness impossible. Augustine
Be as you wish to seem. Socrates
Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. Blaise Pascal
Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge. Alfred North Whitehead
One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. Bertrand Russell
When pain is to be borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than much courage. CSL
“Being persuaded that something is true is not the same as seeing the beauty and worth of the truth.”
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
Ask any question you like, just don't ask me for reasons.
True wisdom is the skill and practice of death. Socrates, before he drank the hemlock.
Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. Mark Twain
Desire is more sophistical than all. Kierkegaard
Indifference is a paralysis of the soul, a premature death. Chekhov
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSL
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