As high as mind stands above nature, so high does the state stand above physical life. Man must therefore venerate the state as a secular deity. The march of God in the world, that is what the State is.
Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.
Words are but symbols for the relations of things to one another and to us; nowhere do they touch upon absolute truth.
Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
New Testament Bible
What's a man's first duty? The answer's brief: To be himself.
It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, he is looking at the forgiveness of sins.
What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.
There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting.
We can learn to be whole by saying what we mean and doing what we say.
For the first time in my life, I took part in a real battle between men. The dead did not come to life again, the vanquished fled in disorder; every thrust of my lance helped save Carmona. That day, I would have died with a smile on my lips, certain of having contributed to a triumphant future for my city.
Simone De Beauvoir
Stop telling God what to do with his dice.
If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the other direction.
Life is the sum of all your choices.
It is not enough for me to ask question; I want to know how to answer the one question that seems to encompass everything I face: What am I here for?
Abraham J Heschel
It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational.
The tendency to claim God as an ally for our partisan value and ends is the source of all religious fanaticism.
The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority.
The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education
Paul Karl Feyerabend
The world and life are one.
The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities - perhaps the only one - in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.
At the end of Being and Nothingness...[,] Being in-itself and Being for-itself were of Being; and this totality of beings, in which they were effected, itself was linked up to itself, relating and appearing to itself, by means of the essential project of human-reality. What was named in this way, in an allegedly neutral and undetermined way, was nothing other than the metaphysical unity of man and God, the relation of man to God, the project of becoming God as the project constituting human-reality. Atheism changes nothing in this fundamental structure.
Christianity has functioned for the normative self-understanding of modernity as more than a mere precursor or a catalyst. Egalitarian universalism, from which sprang the ideas of freedom and social solidarity, of an antonomous conduct of life and emancipation, of the individual morality of conscience, human rights, and democracy, is the direct heir to the judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of continual critical appropriation and reinterpretation. To this day, there is no alternative to it. And in the light of the current challenges of a postnational constellation, we continue to draw on the substance of this heritage. Everything else is just idle postmodern talk.
A striking feature of moral and political argument in the modern world is the extent to which it is innovators, radicals, and revolutionaries who revive old doctrines, while their conservative and reactionary opponents are the inventors of new ones.
Alasdair Chalmers Macintyre
The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.