There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves.
Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
Without music life would be a mistake.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer.
G E Lessing
There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When books are burned in the end people will be burned too.
If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is. (I.1094a18)
Ingratitude is the essence of vileness.
In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.
Johannes Meister Eckhart
The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
The Republic Plato
When one shuts one eye, one does not hear everything.
This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.
The descent to Hades is the same from every place.
But psychoanalysis has taught that the dead—a dead parent, for example—can be more alive for us, more powerful, more scary, than the living. It is the question of ghosts.
That orgy of wishful thinking that has passed for logic in the present century.
F W Lawvere
It seems that I have spent my entire time trying to make life more rational and that it was all wasted effort.
Alfred Jules Ayer
We hate the very idea that our own ideas may be mistaken, so we cling dogmatically to our conjectures.
Sir Karl Popper
A child only educated at school is an uneducated child.
Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being