philosophy

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A belief is not true because it is useful.

A belief is not true because it is useful.
-- Henri Frederic Amiel (Swiss philosopher) "Amiel's Journal 1849-1872 November 18, 1976

The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself

The struggle is always between the individual and his sacred right to express himself and...the power structure that seeks conformity, suppression and obedience. -- William O. Douglas (1898-1980) US Supreme Cour Justice - Quoted in Newsday

Inequality is the inevitable consequence of liberty.

Inequality is the inevitable consequence of liberty.
-- Salvador de Madariaga (Spanish writer) 'Anarchy or Hierarchy' (1937)

The individual is the true reality of life

The individual is the true reality of life. A cosmos in himself, he does not exist for the State, nor for that abstraction called "society" or the "nation," which is only a collection of individuals. -- Ibid

That which we acquire with the most difficulty we retain the longest

That which we acquire with the most difficulty we retain the longest; as those who have earned a fortune are usually more careful of it than those who have inherited one.
-- Charles Caleb Colton (c. 1780-1832)

For no man is voluntarily bad

For no man is voluntarily bad; but the bad becomes bad by reason of an ill disposition of the body and bad education, things which are hateful to every man and happen to him against his will. -- Plato, quoted by Victor Gollancz, _From Darkness to Light_

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain

Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.
We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.
-- Sigmund Freud

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing

Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. -- Will Durant (1885-1981)

The learning and knowledge that we have

The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
-- Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)

Man supposes that he directs his life

Man supposes that he directs his life and governs his actions, when his existence is irretrievably under the control of destiny. -- Goethe (1749-1832)
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