As I am half-way done with my final (done for tonight), I thought I would share with you all my favorite quotes from the second half of the semester:
“All that is comes from the mind”
“The solution to the problem of identity is, get lost.” –Norman O’Brown
“Look at the means a man employs; consider his motives. A man simply cannot conceal himself.” –Confucius
“I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business”–Henry David Thoreau
“Mass society, with its demand for work without responsibility, creates a gigantic army of rival siblings.” –Alexander Misterlich
“Never try to make anyone like yourself–you know, and God knows, that one of you is enough.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Dread is a desire for what one fears, a sympathetic antipathy.”–Søren Kierkegaard
“As a rule we disbelieve all facts and theories for which we have no use.”
“Just as a bicycle chain may be too tight, so may one’s carefulness and conscientiousness be so tense as to hinder the running of one’s mind.”–William James
“We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.”–William James
“God is real since he produces real effects.”–William James
“Choosing a philosophy is a test of character.”–William James
“One cannot criticize the vision of a mystic–one can but pass it by, or accept it as having some amount of evidential weight.”–William James
“The healthy-minded […] need to be born only once […] sick souls […] must be born twice–born in order to be happy. The result is two different conceptions of the universe of our experience.”–William James
“What the hell, reality is a nice place to visit but you wouldn’t want to live there.”–John Barth.
“I have chosen for myself the word immoralist as a mark of distinction and badge of honour.”–Friedrich Nietsche
“I think of myself as the scrawl which an unknown power scribbles across a sheet of paper, to try out a new pen.”–Friedrich Nietsche
“Did you ever say Yes to joy? O my friends, then you said yes to all woe as well. All things are chained and entwined together, all things are in love…”–Friedrich Nietsche
“That everyone can learn to read will ruin in the long run not only writing, but thinking too.”–Friedrich Nietsche*
“Another century of readers–and the mind itself will stink.”–Friedrich Nietsche*
“One does not kill by anger but by laughter. Come, let us kill the Spirit of Gravity.”–Friedrich Nietsche
“It is better to be envied than pitied.”–Herodotus
“There are no evil thoughts except one=the refusal to think.”–Ayn Rand
“Insofar as we believe in morality we pass sentence on existence.”–Friedrich Nietsche
“No victor believes in chance.”–Friedrich Nietsche
“Isn’t it curious that, although I know I have not long to live, I never find myself thinking about a “future life”. All my interest is still on this life and the writing I am still able to do.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein
“The Philosopher’s treatment of a question is like the treatment of an illness.”—Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Philosophers were hired by the comfortable classes to prove that everything is all right.” Oliver Wendell Holmes+
“Man is not the lord of beings. Man is the Shepherd of Being.”–Martin Heidegger
“The world of explanations and reasons is not the world of existence.”–Jean-Paul Sartre
“The magic word of modernity is society.”–George Will
“There are, indeed, things which cannot be put into words. They make themselves manifest. They are what is magical.” –L. Wittgenstein
“Can one live in reason’s kingdom […] and still be a creature of wonder, grief, and love?”–Martha C. Rossbaum
“Wisdom has never been a social norm; talking about wisdom, on the other hand, seems to be.”–Giuseppe Vergasinii
“The foolish live waiting for good things to happen. Since they know these things are uncertain they are consumed by fear and anxiety”–Seneca
“Receive each moment of accumulating time as though it came about by an incredible stroke of luck.”–Pierre Hadot
“The life of a fool is hard and worrisome. It is wholly devoured by the future.”–Cicero
“Soon we shall breathe our last. Meanwhile, while we live, while we are among human beings, let us cultivate humanity.”–Seneca
“The untrained mind shivers with excitement at everything it hears.”–Heraclitus
“While we’re waiting to live, life passes us by.”–Pierre Hadot
“If you come to doubt whether a specific person is a prophet or not, certainty can only be reached by acquaintance with his conduct, either by personal observation, or by hearsay as a matter of common knowledge.”–Abu Hamid Muhammed Al-Ghazali
“The lessons of wisdom are not new, just hard to take sometimes–and easy to forget when things are going well.”–Douglas J. Soccio
–A note about the last quote: Douglas J. Soccio is the author of our textbook. It made me laugh really hard when he threw his quote into a colored box in the margin…but it was good so I wrote it down.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this class, although I found the quizzes to be poorly constructed, the exams to be elementary in structure, and the way the class discussions developed was rather inane.
The content, and even the text, I found interesting, and I enjoyed my additions to the discussions (even if in the end I was pretty much boycotted by my peers, because I actually demanded a response more intelligent than “good post.”)
I have found the experience of taking an online course to be very convenient and right up my alley–I love being able to take my quizzes and exams whenever convenient to me, I liked having the time to think out my answers in class discussion (since we were not using a sort of forum instead of chat room), and the interface was simple enough to use. I would highly recommend Centralia College’s online program, if you have some basic classes you still need to take.
P.S. *I do not buy these two quotes, but I stuck them up anyway because they made me laugh. I just wanted to pinch his little cheeks and then give him a hug and tell him everything is going to be ok. I, in case you had any doubt, am a strong supporter of literacy (and libraries) for all!
P.P.S +I don’t really buy this, but, at times, I kind of do.