Favorite Quotes

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Ambrose Bierce:
- “Egotist: [definition] A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.”
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Ambrose Bierce:
- “MAD: [definition] Affected with a high degree of intellectual independence; not conforming to standards of thought, speech and action derived by the conformants from study of themselves; at odds with the majority; in short, unusual.”
- “All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.”
- “Education: [definition] That which discloses the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.”
- “Egotist: [definition] A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.”
- “Pray: [definition] To ask the laws of the universe to be annulled on behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.”
- “Philosophy: [definition] A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.”
- “Vanity: [definition] The tribute of a fool to the worth of the nearest ass.”
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Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:
- “The universe as we know it is a joint product of the observer and the observed.”
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Winston Churchill:
- “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
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Confucius:
- “A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.”
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Daniel Dennett:
- “The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the over-examined life is nothing to write home about either.”
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Philip K. Dick:
- “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.”
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Albert Einstein:
- “A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.”
- “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”
- “Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.”
- “As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
- “The most beautiful thing we experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all art and science.”
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Galileo Galilei:
- Galilei on faith: “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
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Aldous Huxley:
- “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
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Thomas Jefferson:
- “I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and I do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.”
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Carl Jung:
- “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
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Dalai Lama:
- “Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.”
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John Stuart Mill:
- “Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.”
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Friedrich Nietzsche:
- ""To live alone, man must be either a beast or a god," says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: that he must be both; a philosopher!”
- “Faith: Not wanting to know what is true.”
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Pythagoras:
- "Be silent, unless your words are better than silence."
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Bertrand Russell:
- "All moral rules must be tested by examining whether they tend to realize ends that we desire. I say ends that we desire, not ends that we ought to desire. What we 'ought' to desire is merely what someone else wishes us to desire."
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Carl Sagan:
- "For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."
- "If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
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Jean-Paul Sartre:
- "Hell is other people."
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Mark Schnitzius:
- "If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color."
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Baruch Spinoza:
- "If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil."
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Derek Tingle:
- “Love that is forced is never true love.”
- “Comprehending your mind is beyond your mind's comprehension.”
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Neil deGrasse Tyson:
- “Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to a problem.”
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Frans de Waal:
- “To neglect the common ground with other primates, and to deny the evolutionary roots of human morality, would be like arriving at the top of a tower to declare that the rest of the building is irrelevant, that the precious concept of “tower” ought to be reserved for the summit.”
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George Wald:
- “A physicist is an atom's way of knowing about atoms.”
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Steven Weinberg:
- “Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
- “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”
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Paraphrasing George Wald:
"An astrophysicist is the Universe's way of knowing about the Universe."

I should add some of these to my mostly neglected list of quotes!

Also, some good ones I only found a little before finding this list:

“Can you understand? Someone, somewhere, can you understand me a little, love me a little? For all my despair, for all my ideals, for all that - I love life. But it is hard, and I have so much - so very much to learn.”
-Sylvia Plath

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."
-Albert Einstein.

Many thanks to both of you guys for commenting. I actually haven't updated this list in a while. Quotes that I recently found:

"Music is entirely independent of the phenomenal world, ignores it altogether, could to a certain degree exist if there was no world at all, which cannot be said about the other arts." - Schopenhauer

"Music is a copy of the will itself... That is why the effect of music is so much more powerful and penetrating than that of the other arts, for they speak only of shadows, but music speaks for the thing itself." - Schopenhauer

"Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it." -Robert Frost

"We are the children of chaos and the deep structure of change is decay.... Gone is purpose; all that is left is direction. This is the bleakness we have to accept as we peer deeply and dispassionately into the heart of the Universe." -- Peter Atkins

I find many good quotes on philosophyforums.com:
http://forums.philosophyforums.com/quotelist.php

Hey, if you were to post some of your drawings or visual art - I'd love to see 'em.

Thanks, perhaps someday I will. I first need to get a high-quality camera to take high resolution photos of my art. If only I could stop spending my hard-earned money on classical CDs :)