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  1. “I survived reality” – Graffiti in San Francisco, Sept 2016.
  2. “I have found that people go to the wilderness for many things but, the most important is perspective. They may think they go for the fishing or the scenery or companionship but, in reality it is something far deeper. They go to the wilderness for the good of their souls”. – Sigurd Olson
  3. The knowledge of the ancients was perfect. How so? At first, they did not yet know there were things. That is the most perfect knowledge; nothing can be added. Next, they knew that there were things, but they did not yet make distinctions between them. Next they made distinctions, but they did not yet pass judgements on them. But when the judgments were passed, the Whole was destroyed. With the destruction of the Whole, individual bias arose.  –  Chuang Tzu.
  4. Congratulations! You are prequalified for the darkness that consumes us all.  – unknown.
  5. “Mind emerges from matter and life at an empirical level, but at a transcendental level every form or structure is necessarily also a form or structure disclosed by consciousness. With this reversal one passes from the natural attitude of the scientist to the transcendental phenomenological attitude (which, according to phenomenology, is the properly philosophical attitude).”   ― Evan Thompson, Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology, and the Sciences of Mind
  6. Decolonize yourself! It’s free. – unknown.
  7. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
    Stephen R. Covey.
  8. Use no more speech now;
    Let the silence spread gold hair above us
    Fold on delicate fold;
    You had the ivory of my life to carve.
    Use no more speech.
    Lesbia – Richard Aldington
  9. Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 3:19 New International Version.)
  10. White people think they can learn everything right away, by reading it out of a book and asking questions at everyone. But it doesn’t work that way, you got to experience it and live it to learn it . . . Stop asking questions. You ask too many fucking questions. Because when you’re ready to know, it’ll be shown to you. Maybe by the end of this trip, you’ll know just a little, tiny bit . . . Yeah, but then maybe you won’t want to write a book anymore, because it’s impossible to write down those kinds of things . . . And people won’t understand anyway, because they didn’t experience it.
    Lewis Atcitty, a Navajo.
  11. First they came for the communists but I was not a communist so I kept quiet.
    Then they came for the socialists and the trade unionists but I was neither, so I did not speak out.
    Then they came for the Jews, but I was not a Jew, so I did not speak out.
    And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.
    (Martin Niemöller)
  12. “It is very tempting to take the side of the perpetrator. All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear and speak no evil. The victim, on the contrary, asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement and remembering.”   –Judy Herman
  13. There is no planet B.
  14. There exists no more difficult art than living. For other arts and sciences, numerous teachers are to be found everywhere. Even young people believe that they have acquired these in such a way, that they can teach them to others: throughout the whole of life, one must continue to learn to live and, what will amaze you even more, throughout life one must learn to die.      —  Seneca.
  15. “The laws of conscience, which we pretend to be derived from nature, proceed from custom.” —Montaigne
  16. Two monks were watching a flag flapping in the wind. One said to the other, “The flag is moving.” The other replied, “No, the wind is moving.” Huineng overheard this. He said, “Neither the flag, nor the wind moves; the mind is moving.” (Mumonkan, #29.)
  17. If you talk to God, you are praying;  If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.  Thomas S. Szasz,
  18. “But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
    “Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
    “How do you know I’m mad? ” said Alice.
    “You must be,” said the Cat, or you would not have come here.”     –  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
  19. The Camel’s nose is now in the tent.
  20. Fame is the mask that eats the face.
  21. I had several occasions to get in touch with my feelings….Anonymous
  22. “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” Kierkegaard.
  23. “Philosophy is written in this grand book – I mean universe – which stands continuously open to our gaze, but which cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth.” – Galileo (1623)
  24. When Ideas fail, words come in very handy. Goethe.
  25. “There are few better remedies for anxiety than thought.  In writing a problem down or airing it in conversation we let its essential aspects emerge.  And by knowing its character, we remove, if not the problem itself, then its secondary, aggravating characteristics: confusion, displacement, surprise.” –Alain De Botton, commenting on Epicurus
  26. My brothers and sisters, to prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries, let us call to mind our sins. A pause for silent reflection follows. Catholic Mass.
  27. Martin Heidegger: “Tell me how you read and I’ll tell you who you are.”     “Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.
  28. I know not with what weapons World War Ill will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein.
  29.  ”The deep dissatisfaction we find in every psychology—including the one we have founded thanks to psychoanalysis—derives from the fact that it is nothing more than a mask, and sometimes even an alibi, of the effort to focus on the problem of our own action—something that is the essence and very foundation of all ethical reflection.     –Jacques Lacan, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis (1992)
  30. “The sound of the Gion shōja bells echoes the impermanence of all things; the color of the sōla flowers reveals the truth that the prosperous must decline. The proud do not endure, they are like a dream on a spring night; the mighty fall at last, they are as dust before the wind.” Murasaki Shikibu: (early eleventh century) Heike monogatari (The Tale of the Heike Clan)
  31. “To religion would belong the task of consolation, not of demonstration.” Levinas
  32. “. . . lo, as you would quaffoff his fraudstuff and sink teeth through pyth of flowerwhite bodey behold of him as behemoth for he is noewhemoe. Finiche! Only a fadograph of a yestern scene.”  Joyce: Finnegans Wake, p. 7
  33. If he exalt himself, I humble him; if he humble himself, I exalt him; and I always contradict him, till he understands that he is an incomprehensible monster.  Blaise Pascal, Pensée #326,
  34. Ethics does not treat of the world. Ethics must be a condition of the world, like logic. Ethics and Aesthetics are one. Wittgenstein, 1916.
  35. “I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness,the astonishing light of your own being” Hafiz.
  36. “If the citizens themselves devote their life to matters of trade, the way will be opened to many vices. Since the foremost tendency of tradesmen is to make money greed is awakened in the hearts of the citizens through the pursuit of trade. The result is that everything in the city will become venal; good faith will be destroyed and the way opened to all kinds of trickery; each one will work only for his own profit, despising the public good; the cultivation of virtue will fail since honor, virtue’s reward, will be bestowed upon the rich. Thus, in such a city, civic life will necessarily be corrupted.” —ST. THOMAS AQUINAS On Kingship (II, 3)
  37. The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it. Henry David Thoreau
  38. “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.”  GILBERT K. CHESTERTON
  39. “From these things it is evident, that the city belongs among the things that exist by nature, and that man is by nature a political animal” (Aristotle, The Politics, 1253a1–3).
  40. The solution to pollution is dilution. – Really? (Quoted from Prof. Tobin, in the Teaching Company lecture series about Oceanography. Very good.)
  41. You are my Creator, but I am your Master. – Frankenstein.
  42. Karl Marx: “In a higher phase of communist society, after the enslaving subordination of the individual to the division of labor, and therewith also the antithesis between mental and physical labor, has vanished; after labor has become not only a means of life but life’s prime want; after the productive forces have also increased with the all-round development of the individual, and all the springs of cooperative wealth flow more abundantly—only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be crossed in its éntirety and society inscribe on its banner: From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” (Robert Tucker, Marx-Engels Reader, p. 531).
  43. “It seemed a ruse that fear of death should be the sole motivation for living and, yet, to quell this fear made the prospect of living itself seem all the more absurd; to extend this further, the notion of living one’s life for the purposes of pondering the absurdity of living was an even greater absurdity in and of itself, which thus, by reductio ad absurdum, rendered the fear of death a necessary function of life and any lack thereof, a trifling matter rooted in self-inflicted incoherence.” ― Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable.
  44. How can one learn the truth by thinking? As one learns to see a face better if one draws it. Wittgenstein: in Zettel 255
  45. There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror. W. Somerset Maugham
  46. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” Calvin Coolidge
  47. The future’s already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet. William Gibson
  48. It’s a business doing pleasure with you. Disneyland
  49. An intellectual is somebody who found out that there is something more interesting than sex. Aldous Huxley
  50. “Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different, will voluntarily go into a psychiatric hospital.” Nietzsche: Thus spoke Zarathustra, Introduction.
  51. Whatever has come into existence, must also pass away with necessity. Is it true to say, then, that there is nothing infinite in this world? Anaximander
  52. Sneezing: Why do we say bless you when someone sneezes, but we say nothing when someone coughs?
  53. ‘When the whites came to our country, we had the land and they had the Bible, now we have the Bible and they have the land.” Unknown source.
  54. Our image of happiness is indissolubly bound up with the image of redemption. Walter Benjamin
  55. When something can be read without effort, great effort has gone into its writing. Enrique Jardiel Poncela
  56. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. Gail Godwin
  57. I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time. Blaise Pascal
  58. People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive. Blaise Pascal, The Art of Persuasion
  59. Bureaucratic administration means fundamentally domination through knowledge. Max Weber
  60. The decisive reason for the advance of the bureaucratic organization has always been its purely technical superiority over any other form of organization. Max Weber
  61. Myth is already enlightenment; and enlightenment reverts to mythology Adorno/Horkheimer
  62. Seeing our understanding of nature as a mathematical construction has fundamentally different implications from seeing it as an empirical synthesis. in: A Different Universe. Robert B. Laughlin
  63. Not only is the Universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine. Arthur Eddington
  64. Mathematics is the attempt to say more and more with less and less.
  65. Do not keep saying to yourself, if you can possibly avoid it, ‘But how can it be like that?’ because you will get ‘down the drain,’ into a blind alley from which nobody has yet escaped. Nobody knows how it can be like that. Richard Feynman
  66. Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there. Richard Feynman: The Character of Physical Law (1965)
  67. Personality is a strategy for getting out of childhood alive. Frank Sulloway
  68. To be radical is to go to the root of the matter. For man, however, the root is man himself. Marx: Critique of Hegel’s Philosophy of Right.
  69. You are made in the image of what you desire. To unify your life unify your desires. To spiritualize your life, spiritualize your desires. To spiritualize your desires, desire to be without desire. Thomas Merton, Firewatch, p. 55
  70. “Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” —Albert Einstein — To Fred Wall, 1933.
  71. “Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me?” —Albert Einstein — Quoted in an interview with New York Times, March 12,1944.
  72. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” —Albert Einstein — To Carl Seelig – March 11,1952
  73. The most beautiful experience we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. . . ” Einstein, From “The World As I See It” (1930), reprinted in Ideas and Opinions, 11.
  74. “Human beings are the animals that have to live with the knowledge of their death, and culture is the world they create so they can live with that knowledge.” Assmann, J. (2005). Death and Salvation in Ancient Egypt.
  75. “Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently” Rosa Luxemburg
  76. ‘…To prevent someone who KNOWS from filling the empty space.’ Wilfred Bion
  77. We have to learn how to live without truth. Nietzsche.
  78. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. Revelation 3, 15-17
  79. Due to current economic conditions the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. (Anonymous.)
  80. ‘Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.’ -Calvin Coolidge
  81. Animals learn death first at the moment of death;…Man approaches death with the knowledge it is closer every hour, and this creates a feeling of uncertainty over his life, even for him who forgets in the business of life that annihilation is awaiting him. It is for this reason chiefly that we have philosophy and religion. (Arthur Schopenhauer: The World as Will and Idea)
  82. “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” Upton Sinclair.
  83. An English professor wrote the words, “Woman without her man is nothing” on the blackboard and directed his students to punctuate it correctly. The men wrote: “Woman, without her man, is nothing.” The women wrote: “Woman: Without her, man is nothing.” (Anonymous.)
  84. Our bodies are given life from the midst of nothingness. Existing where there is nothing is the meaning of the phrase, ‘Form is emptiness.’ That all things are provided for by nothingness is the meaning of the phrase, ‘Emptiness is form.” One should not think that these are two separate things. Hagakure
  85. You are a hero just like us: Therefore, sacrifice yourself to the sum of all zeros: society. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.
  86. ‘People who are not in love fail to understand how an intelligent man can suffer because of a very ordinary woman. This is like being surprised that anyone should be stricken with cholera because of a creature so insignificant as the comma bacillus.’ Marcel Proust
  87. ‘Meaning is not something you stumble across, like an answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life. You build it out of your own past, out of your affections and loyalties, out of your experience of humankind as it is passed to you, out of your own talent and understanding, out of the things you believe in, out of the people you love, out of the values for which you are willing to sacrifice something.’ Buzz McCoy: Living into Leadership. A Journey in Ethics.
  88. “Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” Oscar Wilde
  89. “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” Oscar Wilde
  90. “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde
  91. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
  92. Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. Paul Klee
  93. “I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.” …….Douglas Adams
  94. “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust
  95. Thinking for myself takes a lot of time. Unknown.
  96. MAN is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself the master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  97. The first man who, having fenced in a piece of land, said “This is mine,” and found people naive enough to believe him, that man was the true founder of civil society. From how many crimes, wars, and murders, from how many horrors and misfortunes might not any one have saved mankind, by pulling up the stakes, or filling up the ditch, and crying to his fellows: Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality
  98. In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible. Things like the continuance of British rule in India, the Russian purges and deportations, the dropping of the atom bombs on Japan, can indeed be defended, but only by arguments which are too brutal for most people to face. George Orwell.
  99. ‘There is no news flying around here, but one which is traveling from mouth to mouth. It seems somebody has mentioned your name. Your perfume has lingered in the air. Your perfume ……. your perfume…. From a Persian Poem
  100. The aesthetics of truth form alliances, profoundly elective affinities, that the intellect stripped of feeling inclines to reject…. Intellection must address the matter of its feeling. Phillip Rieff
  101. ‘The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.’ — Blaise Pascal, Pensees
  102. ‘The city allows you to become yourself by making a stranger of you.’ Diken, Bulent, and Laustsen, Carsten: The culture of exception, sociology facing the camp. Page 1
  103. In his thoughts, Herman spoke a eulogy for the mouse who had shared a portion of her life with him and who, because of him, had left this earth. ‘What do they know all these scholars, all these philosophers, all the leaders of the world—about such as you? They have convinced themselves that man, the worst trans¬gressor of all the species, is the crown of creation. All other crea¬tures were created merely to provide him with food, pelts, to be tormented, exterminated. In relation to them, all people are Nazis; for the animals it is an eternal Treblinka.’ Isaac Bashevis Singer, ‘The Letter Writer’
  104. Our ordinary approach to reality and truth is so poverty stricken that we don’t realize that the truth is not one truth, but all truth….There are all sorts of philosophical, psychological, religious, and emotional tactics that we use to motivate ourselves, which say that we can do something but nobody else can. Chögyam Trungpa
  105. ‘It is perfectly true, as philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards. And if one thinks about that proposition, it becomes more and more evident that life can never really be understood in time simply because at no particular moment can I find the necessary resting place from which to understand it—backwards.’ ~ Søren Kierkegaard
  106. In face of the metaphysical, even if you should have no other word for it than simply death, all political concerns dwindle into nothingness. Huizinga: ‘Conditions for a recovery of civilization.’
  107. Death and Destruction are never satisfied, and neither are the eyes of humans. Proverbs, 27:20
  108. Better to see the face than to hear the name. Zen Saying
  109. Wake up and smell the permafrost. Highway Graffiti in San Francisco
  110. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde
  111. I have said to you to speak the truth is a painful thing. To be forced to tell lies is much worse. Oscar Wilde
  112. Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be, what would I say, if I had a voice, who says this, saying it’s me? — Samuel Beckett
  113. We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. – Carl Sagan
  114. It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Sir Francis Darwin
  115. Life is like riding a bicycle, in order to keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)
  116. The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it is. J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904 – 1967)
  117. The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. – Neils H. D. Bohr (1885 – 1962)
  118. “In whatever manner God created the world, it would always have been regular and in a certain general order. God, however, has chosen the most perfect, that is to say, the one which is at the same time the simplest in hypothesis and the richest in phenomena.” Leibniz
  119. They can because they think they can. Virgil
  120. It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it, and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Aung San Suu Kyi
  121. It must have required many ages to discover that a pair of birds and a couple of days were both instances of the number 2: the degree of abstraction involved is far from easy. Bertrand Russell
  122. Is the man who deals with the absolute not necessarily claiming to be the thinking organ with the capacity to do so, and thus the absolute himself? Theodor Adorno
  123. If I knew myself, I would know you. Augustine
  124. Desire, a function central to all human experience, is the desire for nothing nameable. Jacques Lacan
  125. The most incomprehensible fact about nature is that it is comprehensible. Albert Einstein
  126. Everything is Number. Pythagoras.
  127. The fear of infinity is a form of myobia that destroys the possibility of seeing the actual infinite, even though in its highest form it has created and sustains us, and in its secondary transfinite forms occurs all around us and even inhabits our minds. Georg Cantor
  128. I speak with my body, and I don’t know it. Therefore, I always say more than I know about it. Jacques Lacan
  129. I am a miracle. Walt Whitman.
  130. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97 (Prime numbers, below 100.)
  131. The existential and ontological constitution of the totality of Dasein is grounded in temporality. Accordingly, a primordial mode of temporalizing of ecstatic temporality itself must make the ecstatic project of being in general possible. How is this mode of temporalizing of temporality to be interpreted? Is there a way leading from primordial time to the meaning of being? Does time itself reveal itself as the horizon of being? Martin Heidegger, Being and Time, p.437 (German edition)
  132. …man is defined as a human being and woman is defined as a female. Whenever she tries to behave as a human being she is accused of trying to emulate the male… Simone de Beauvoir.
  133. Things keep their secrets. Heraclitus
  134. In so far as the word “knowledge” has any meaning, the world is knowable; but it is interpretable otherwise, it has no meaning behind it, but countless meanings.—’Perspectivism.’ It is our needs that interpret the world; our drives and their For and Against.[emphasis added] Every drive is a kind of lust to rule; each one has its perspective that it would like to compel all the other drives to accept as a norm. Friedrich Nietzsche; The Will to Power, §481
  135. ‘The invention of the ship was also the invention of the shipwreck. Paul Virilio
  136. ‘The problem is that scientists are supposed to know, but they do not. Science is helpless and covers up this helplessness with a deceptive screen of expert assurance.’ Žižek, Slavoj. ‘Joe Public v the volcano.’ in: New Statesman. April 29, 2010. (English).
  137. ‘In its very invisibility, ideology is here, more than ever: We are there, with our boys, identifying with their fears and anguishes instead of questioning what they are doing at war in the first place.’ Žižek, Slavoj. ‘A soft focus on war: How Hollywood hides the horrors of war.’ in: In These Times. Vol. 34, No. 5, p. 30-32, May 2010. (English).
  138. ‘The point is thus to acknowledge ‘the presence, within the I itself, of a realm of irreducible otherness, of absolute contingency and incomprehensibility.’ Žižek, Slavoj. ‘Deleuze and the Lacanian Real.’ in: Lacan.com. 2007. (English).
  139. Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense. –Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
  140. Moonlight in front of my bed. I took it for frost on the ground. I lift my head, gaze at the mountain moon. Lower it, and think of home.  —– Li Bai
  141. You are alpsulummply wroght. James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake.
  142. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go. T.S. Eliot
  143. A man holding a cat by the tail is getting forty times the experience of a cat than a man watching him hold a cat. Mark Twain.
  144. In the Nichtian glossery which purveys aprioric roots for aposteriorious tongues this is nat language in any sinse of the world. James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake.
  145. The best way to do something is to do it. Joseph Eagle
  146. I told you every telling has a taling and that’s the he and the she of it. James Joyce, Finnegan’s Wake, 213, 11-12
  147. History, said Stephen, is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake. James Joyce, Ulysses.
  148. Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race. James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
  149. Come forth Lazarus! And he came fifth and lost the job. James Joyce, Ulysses.
  150. Vulcanic lake, the dead sea: no fish, weedless, sunk deep in the earth. A dead sea in a dead land, grey and old. Old now. It bore the oldest, the first race. The oldest people. Wandered far away over all the earth, captivity to captivity, multiplying, dying, being born everywhere. It lay there now. Now it could bear no more. Dead: an old woman’s: the grey sunken cunt of the world. James Joyce, Ulysses.
  151. A father, said Stephen, battling against hopelessness, is a necessary evil. James Joyce, Ulysses.
  152. Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth radiates under the sign of disaster triumphant. Adorno/Horkheimer: Dialectic of Enlightenment. 1947
  153. The great way is not difficult. Do not seek the truth; Just cease cherishing opinions. — Seng-Ts’an, 6th century Zen Ancestor.
  154. I am not only convinced that what I say is false, but also that what one might say against it is false. Despite this, one must begin to talk about it. In such a case the truth lies not in the middle, but rather all around, like a sack, which, with each new opinion one stuffs into it, changes its form, and becomes more and more firm. Robert Musil: Das hilflose Europa—oder Reise vom Hundertsten ins Tausendste (1922)
  155. “… no one, not even Benoit Mandelbrot himself […] had any real preconception of the set’s extraordinary richness. The Mandelbrot set was certainly no invention of any human mind. The set is just objectively there in the mathematics itself. If it has meaning to assign an actual existence to the Mandelbrot set, then that existence is not within our mind, for no one can fully comprehend the set’s endless variety and unlimited complication.” Roger Penrose (from The Road to Reality)
  156. O mortals, how long will you be heavy-hearted? Life has come down to you, and are you reluctant to ascend and live? But what room is there for you to ascend, you with your high-flown ways and lofty talk? Come down, that you may ascend, ascend even to God…” Augustine, Confessions.
  157. “He was not utterly unskilled in handling his own lack of training, and he refused to be rashly drawn into a controversy about those matters from which there would be no exit nor easy way of retreat. This was an additional ground for my pleasure. For the controlled modesty of a mind that admits limitations is more beautiful than the things I was anxious to know about.” Augustine, Confessions.
  158. “After saying all that, what have we said, my God, my life, my holy sweetness? What does anyone who speaks of you really say? Yet woe betide those who fail to speak, while the chatterboxes go on saying nothing.” Augustine, Confessions.
  159. ‘The peace of all things lies in the tranquility of order, and order is the disposition of equal and unequal things in such a way as to give to each its proper place” Augustine, City of God, XIX.13.
  160. No matter how a war starts, it always ends in mud. US General “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, during World War II
  161. Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world. Arthur Schopenhauer
  162. The future ain’t what it used to be. Yogi Berra
  163. Our sole responsibility is to produce something smarter than we are; any problems beyond that are not ours to solve….[T]here are no hard problems, only problems that are hard to a certain level of intelligence. Move the smallest bit upwards [in level of intelligence], and some problems will suddenly move from ‘impossible’ to ‘obvious.’ Move a substantial degree upwards, and all of them will become obvious. —ELIEZER S. YUDNOWSKY, STARING INTO THE SINGULARITY, 1996
  164. If my eye is to discern color, it must itself be free from all color. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love. Meister Eckhart, Sermon on True Hearing.
  165. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough. Meister Eckhart
  166. SORRY! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock. —- Banksy
  167. “There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge.”   — Banksy
  168. “Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for. ” — Banksy
  169. “I need someone to protect me from all the measures they take in order to protect me. ” — Banksy
  170. “If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie.” — Banksy
  171. “Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” — Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)
  172. “A wall is a very big weapon. It’s one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with.” — Banksy (Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall)
  173. “A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves.” — Banksy (Wall and Piece)
  174. “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages” — Banksy
  175. ‘When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized God doesn’t work that way, so I stole one and prayed for forgiveness.’ Emo Philips
  176. If I go on long enough calling that my life I’ll end up by believing it. It’s the principle of advertising. Samuel Beckett
  177. ‘People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. ‘  -Søren Kierkegaard
  178. ‘Thinking isn’t agreeing or disagreeing. That’s voting.’ -Robert Frost
  179. “Thinking is, indeed, essentially the negation of that which is immediately before us.”  Georg Hegel
  180. Philosophy is the art of forming, inventing, and fabricating concepts. Deleuze, in: What is Philosophy? p. 7
  181. Even change changes. Unknown.
  182. “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
  183. A guilty conscience is a hidden enemy. Native American Proverb
  184. “The self is a relation which relates itself to its own self, or it is that in the relation that the relation relates itself to its own self; the self is not the relation but that the relation relates itself to its own self.” Søren Kierkegaard
  185. Infinity overflows the thought that thinks it. — Emmanuel Levinas
  186. ‘How can it be ‘mutually beneficial’ to sell at world market prices the raw materials that cost the underdeveloped countries immeasurable sweat and suffering, and to buy at world market prices the machinery produced in today’s big automated factories?’ — Che Guevara, 1965
  187. We no longer live within a horizon (did we ever?). We no longer live in a place where the sun comes up and goes down, no matter how much some philosophers insist that we experience things that way. We’ve lost a sense of the significance of events that appear on horizons (did we ever have them?) — Timothy Morton: The Ecological Thought.
  188. When I say I trust you, I mean I’ve considered that you could betray me, which means I know you will, that we’ll have between us at last that understanding which is a safer thing  than trust, not a worse,  not a better thing …  Carl Phillips: Blizzard.
  189. Her favorite position is being besides herself, and her favorite sport is jumping to conclusions. Danny Kaye
  190. The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. Anatole France
  191. An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t. Anatole France
  192. You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. Anatole France
  193. We in fact address … those we do not know, true Others, true subjects. They are on the other side of the wall of language, there where in principle I never reach them. Fundamentally, it is them I’m aiming at every time I utter true speech,…I always aim at the true subject, and I have to be content with shadows. The subject is separated from the Others, the true ones, by the wall of language. Jacques Lacan, The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis.
  194. ‘My actions are my only true belongings’ Thich Nhat Hann
  195. The principle of mythologization lies in our needs to find someone or something responsible for everything that happens. (Bouveresse, 1995, p. 34)
  196. ‘The secret of all victory lies in the organization of the non-obvious.’ — Marcus Aurelius
  197. ‘The concept of culture I espouse. . . is essentially a semiotic one. Believing, with Max Weber, that man is an animal suspended in webs of significance he himself has spun, I take culture to be those webs, and the analysis of it to be therefore not an experimental science in search of law but an interpretative one in search of meaning. It is explication I am after. . . . Clifford Geertz, 1917
  198. “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Dom Hélder Câmara
  199. But man, proud man,
    Drest in a little brief authority,
    Most ignorant of what he’s most assured,
    His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
    Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
    As make the angels weep.

    — William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
  200. The central epistemological problems of philosophy do not arise primarily from within philosophy at all, but from the recurrence in every area of human thought and practice of rival interpretations, and rival types of interpretation, of events and actions. It is for this reason that every academic discipline is to some degree ineliminably philosophical. The literary critic, the historian and the physicist presuppose, even when they do not explicitly defend, solutions or partial solutions to the problems of representation and justification. Shakespeare and Proust, Macaulay and Charles Beard, Galileo and Bohr cannot be read and responded to adequately without epistemological inquiries and commitments. Moreover, the philosophical problems and solutions in each particular area have a bearing on those in other areas; often enough, indeed, they are the very same problems. Hence the need for a synoptic and systematic discipline concerned with the overall problems of justification and representation…Alasdair MacIntyre
  201. The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.  — John von Neumann
  202. I don’t know where my expertise is; my expertise is no disciplines. I would recommend to drop disciplinarity wherever one can. Disciplines are an outgrowth of academia. In academia you appoint somebody and then in order to give him a name he must be a historian, a physicist, a chemist, a biologist, a biophysicist; he has to have a name. Here is a human being: Joe Smith — he suddenly has a label around the neck: biophysicist. Now he has to live up to that label and push away everything that is not biophysics; otherwise people will doubt that he is a biophysicist. If he’s talking to somebody about astronomy, they will say “I don’t know, you are not talking about your area of competence, you’re talking about astronomy, and there is the department of astronomy, those are the people over there,” and things of that sort. Disciplines are an aftereffect of the institutional situation. [Von Foerster (1995) “Interview Heinz von Foerster” S. Franchi, G. Güzeldere, and E. Minch (eds) in: Constructions of the Mind Volume 4, issue 2. 26 June 1995]
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