Friday, July 10, 2009

Quotes: Philosophers and Philosophy (1)

Philosophers 176 "I think it is Franklin who says that philosophers are sages in their maxims and fools in their conduct…." John Clare. 1825-37. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Philosophy 233 "Speculative reasonings, which cost so much pains to philosophers, are often formed by the world naturally and without reflection." Hume 1739. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. What philosophers spend so much time thinking about is well known by normal people who call it "common sense."

Philosophy 365 "What the first philosopher taught the last will have to repeat." Thoreau. 1840. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms. Philosophical thought moves in circles.

Philosophy 217 "Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others." Oscar Wilde. Portable Curmudgeon. The goal of philosophy is to accept without emotion others' misfortunes.

Philosophy 272 "Philosophy is a yearning after heavenly wisdom". Plato. Greek. Dictionary of Foreign Terms. And what is "heavenly wisdom"? The infallible truth?

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