Monday, July 13, 2009

Quotes: Philosophers and Philosophy (2)

Philosophy 151 Small-town philosophy: "What we need is to get back to the true word of God, and a good sound belief in hell, like we used to have it preached to us." Sinclair Lewis, Main Street. CF. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."

Philosophy 55 " …I've never discovered any body that knew what the deuce Man really was made for." Lewis, Babbitt. The ultimate question in philosophy.

Philosophy 74 Pasteur: "My philosophy is of the heart and not of the mind, and I give myself up, for instance, to those feelings about eternity that come naturally at the bedside of a cherished child drawing its last breath." DeKruif, Microbe Hunters. The feelings are too complex to be interpreted.

Philosophy 143 "There was something unclean about having a conversation like this [about the philosophy of war], while somewhere out on the front a man might be rigid with terror in his foxhole." Mailer, The Naked and the Dead. There's philosophy and then there's reality.

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