“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
— Wilhelm Stekel
Rationality is costly. It prevents us from believing what we want to believe.
—Epistemology professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)
There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
—Dorothy Parker (via oneagainstnature)
This is not like the human rights debate, where you see someone suffering and say ’They have a human right to x!’ Kant would despise that.
—Ethics professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)
Some books are not to be read, but mined.
—Metaphysics professor (via philosophyprofessorquotes)
"Who, whether praise of him must walk the earth
For ever, and to noble deeds give birth,
Or he must fall, to sleep without his fame,
And leave a dead unprofitable name—
Finds comfort in himself and in his cause;
And, while the mortal mist is gathering, draws
His breath in confidence of Heaven’s applause:
This is the happy Warrior; this is he
That every man should wish to be.”
- William Wordsworth
from Character of the Happy Warrior
Spoken by St. Francis to the red-hot brand (that was to be used for a medical procedure aimed at correcting his eye problems): “Brother Fire, God made you beautiful and strong and useful; I pray you be courteous with me.”