Sunday, December 19, 2010


I was enjoying a morning of reading some quotes from some of my most enjoyed philosophical minds, and some random ones - I thought I'd share!

Achieving life is not the equivalent of avoiding death. ~ Ayn Rand

We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.  ~Francois De La Rochefoucauld

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure.  ~Lee Segall

Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying.  ~Baba Ram Dass

The obscure we see eventually.  The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.  ~Edward R. Murrow

Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth.  ~Ludwig Börne

Childhood is the sleep of reason. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly.  ~Edward Albee

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.  ~Henry David Thoreau

You never know what is enough, until you know what is more than enough.  ~William Blake

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.  ~Henri Louis Bergson

One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky 

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.  ~Navajo Proverb

Every man has a right to risk his own life for the preservation of it. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

Whatever I take, I take too much or too little; I do not take the exact amount.  The exact amount is no use to me.  ~Antonio Porchia

The observer, when he seems to himself to be observing a stone, is really, if physics is to be believed, observing the effects of the stone upon himself.  ~Bertrand Russell 

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. ~Ayn Rand

Among creatures born into chaos, a majority will imagine an order, a minority will question the order, and the rest will be pronounced insane.  ~Robert Brault

What deep wounds ever closed without a scar?  ~George Gordon, Lord Byron

t takes all the running you can do just to keep in the same place.  ~Lewis Carroll

You can't reason someone out of a position they didn't reason themselves into.  ~Author Unknown

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there." ~ Robert M. Pirsig

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost. ~ Jean-Paul Sartre

"Is it hard?'
Not if you have the right attitudes. Its having the right attitudes thats hard."  ~ Robert M. Pirsig

"In the high country of the mind one has to become adjusted to the thinner air of uncertainty..." ~ Robert M. Pirsig

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. ~Ayn Rand

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