Philosophical quotes that inspire...

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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:50 pm

WilliamL wrote:"If we are not a little bit uncomfortable everyday,we are not growing. All the good stuff is outside our comfort zone"-Jack Canfield

This quote really inspired me.Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.Hard work is the key to success. A happy childhood isn’t always the best preparation for a successful and enjoyable adult life.


Let us not throw the baby out with the bathwater, Jack Canfield.
Some of that good stuff is still within our comfort zone.

But I realize what he meant.
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arminius » Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:43 pm

Peter Sloterdijk wrote:Die moderne Welt ... wird sich als eine Zeit erweisen, in der die Wünsche durch ihr Wahrwerden das Fürchten lehren.

My translation: "The modern world ... will turn out to be a time in which the wishes teach fear when they come true."
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Postby Arminius » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:59 pm

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote:Am Ende hängen wir doch ab, von Kreaturen, die wir machten.

My translation:
"At the end, nevertheless, we depend, on the creatures which we made."
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arminius » Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:15 am

Immanuel Kant wrote:Der Mensch ist ein Tier, was eine Erziehung nötig hat.

My translation: "The human is an animal that needs an education."
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arcturus Descending » Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:01 pm

We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

Marcus Aurelius

Aye!!!!
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:53 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

Marcus Aurelius

Aye!!!!



Arc : may PM something pressing re: Marcus Aurelius in the near future. It may be beyond the scope of posting here, and irrelevant objectively.
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:49 am

"We know more then we can tell"

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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby barbarianhorde » Sun Sep 09, 2018 3:28 pm

"I dont sing because Im happy, Im happy because I sing."

(William James)
It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:36 pm

Meno_ wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

Marcus Aurelius

Aye!!!!



Arc : may PM something pressing re: Marcus Aurelius in the near future. It may be beyond the scope of posting here, and irrelevant objectively.


I await it with bated breath, Meno.
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:12 pm

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

- Epicurus

:sad-teareye:
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby barbarianhorde » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:21 pm

The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.



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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby barbarianhorde » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:22 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

- Epicurus

:sad-teareye:


Yo Epi, but was it wrong to hope for it in the first place?? Maybe you wouldn't have had it if you dint desire it dude.
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Meno_ » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:24 pm

Arcturus Descending wrote:
Meno_ wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:We are too much accustomed to attribute to a single cause that which is the product of several, and the majority of our controversies come from that.

Marcus Aurelius

Aye!!!!



Arc : may PM something pressing re: Marcus Aurelius in the near future. It may be beyond the scope of posting here, and irrelevant objectively.


I await it with bated breath, Meno.



Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Arc, this is a general answer, for what I originally intended, on review, it is beyond scope: waiting for a more opportune moment
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Re: Philosophical quotes that inspire...

Postby Arcturus Descending » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:59 pm

barbarianhorde wrote:
Arcturus Descending wrote:Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

- Epicurus

:sad-teareye:


Yo Epi, but was it wrong to hope for it in the first place?? Maybe you wouldn't have had it if you dint desire it dude.


*You Epi* lol. You made a good point here I think. Perhaps Epicurus was speaking more about hedonism here ~ too much desiring, too much over-the-top hoping. When we focus too much on what we do not have, we lose focus and the truth of what we do already have.

I do not think that hoping for something is necessarily wrong unless we are wasting time and energy on something which we, on some level, know that we can never have but we choose to ignore the truth of it.

But I do intuit that there is such a thing as too much hope and not enough *going after*...

I think that Epi was basically talking about balance here...the epicurean as opposed to the hedonist...the fine balance of *enjoying* perhaps something *lesser* but good now as opposed to craving *it all* and not appreciating THIS moment.
“How can a bird that is born for joy
Sit in a cage and sing?”
― William Blake


“Little Fly
Thy summers play,
My thoughtless hand
Has brush'd away.

Am not I
A fly like thee?
Or art not thou
A man like me?

For I dance
And drink & sing:
Till some blind hand
Shall brush my wing.

If thought is life
And strength & breath:
And the want
Of thought is death;

Then am I
A happy fly,
If I live,
Or if I die”
― William Blake, Songs of Innocence and of Experience


“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”
― William Blake
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