|Favourite philosophers||Arthur Schopenhauer, John Locke, David Hume, Bertrand Rusell, Ralph Cudworth, Noam Chomsky, Galen Strawson, Raymond Tallis, Susan Haack, Bryan Magee, Lucy Allais|
"It's always night or we wouldn't need light."
- Thelonious Monk
“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it."
- Noam Chomsky
"Whereas notwithstanding it is most true that those corporeal qualities, which they think to be such real things existing in bodies without them, are for the most part fantastic and imaginary things, and have no more reality than the colours of the rainbow, and, as Plotinus expresseth it, 'have no reality at all in the objects without us, but only a seeming kind of entity in our fancies', and therefore are not absolutely any thing in themselves, but only relative to animals. So that they do in a manner mock us, when we conceive of them as things really existing without us, being nothing but our own shadows, and the vital passive energies of our own souls."
- Ralph Cudworth
"You may reasonably expect a man to walk a tightrope safely for ten minutes; it would be unreasonable to do so without accident for two hundred years."
- Bertrand Russell
"Is there any principle in all nature more mysterious than the union of soul with body; by which a supposed spiritual substance acquires such an influence over a material one, that the most refined thought is able to actuate the grossest matter? Were we empowered, by a secret wish, to remove mountains, or control the planets in their orbit; this extensive authority would not be more extraordinary, nor more beyond our comprehension."
- David Hume
"But, concerning what you think to be the truth of the thing, or the ultimate nature of honey, this is what I ardently desire to know, and what remains still hidden from me, despite the almost infinite number of books which have been published up to the present with the pretention of communicating to us, what they call, a demonstrative science."
- Pierre Gassendi
"...From all which it is evident, that the extent of our knowledge comes not only short of the reality of things, but even of the extent of our own ideas. Though our knowledge be limited to our ideas, and cannot exceed them either in extent or perfection; and though these be very narrow bounds... and far short of what we may justly imagine to be in some even created understandings, not tied down to the dull and narrow information that is to be received from some few, and not very acute, ways of perception, such as are our senses; yet it would be well with us if our knowledge were but as large as our ideas, and there were not many doubts and inquiries concerning the ideas we have, whereof we are not, nor I believe ever shall be in this world resolved."
- John Locke
"The tendency to gravity in the stone is precisely as inexplicable as is thinking in the human brain, and so on this score, we could also infer a spirit in the stone. Therefore to these disputants [between 'spiritualists' and 'materialists'] I would say: you think you know a dead matter, that is, one that is completely passive and devoid of properties, because you imagine you really understand everything that you are able to reduce to mechanical effect. But… you are unable to reduce them… If matter can fall to earth without you knowing why, so can it also think without you knowing why… If your dead and purely passive matter can as heaviness gravitate, or as electricity attract, repel, and emit spark, so too as brain pulp can it think."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"It is indeed a great gift from heaven to have plain common
sense. But this common sense must be shown in practice,
through judicious and reasonable thoughts and words, not
by appealing to it as an oracle when one has no rational
arguments to offer. Appeal to common sense when insight
and science have failed you, but don’t appeal to it before
then!—that ·rule of intellectual conduct· is one of the devious
inventions of recent times, and it enables a shallow ranter to
join battle with a solid thinker, and hold his own."
- Immanuel Kant
"All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."
- Pink Floyd