(Offline until Saturday)
Here is a link to my introductory post.
|Favourite philosophers||Aristotle, Plato, Aquinas...|
"What the philosophers say about reality is often as deceptive as when you see a sign in a second-hand store that reads: Pressing Done Here. If you went in with your clothes to have them pressed you would be fooled; the sign is for sale."
-Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or
"Words differently arranged have a different meaning, and meanings differently arranged have different effects."
-Blaise Pascal, Pensées
"Jeannine Carlier: You are not the first philosopher to have worked with his hands: Cleanthes was a porter, I believe. But a metalworker--what a symbol!
Pierre Hadot: This allowed me to learn at least one important thing. Until then, in my literary, philosophical, or theological essays, I had adjusted not metal but ideas. In this case, one can always manage, in one way or another. Concepts are easily malleable. But with matter, things became more serious. No more give, no more approximating, no more or less artificial arrangements. This does not mean that no rigor is possible in the works of the spirit, but it is very rare, and it is very easy to delude both oneself and others."
-Pierre Hadot, The Present Alone is Our Happiness, p. 14
"Read more, write less."