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what you're favorite quote?

Postby gib » Fri Feb 15, 2008 5:58 pm

Here's mine:

"Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. These passions, like great winds, have blown me hither and thither in a wayward course over a deep ocean of anguish, reaching to the very verge of despair. I have sought love first because it brings ecstasy, ecstasy so great that I would often have sacrificed all the rest of life for a few hours of this joy. Love relieves loneliness, and in the union of love I have seen, in a mystic miniature, the prefiguring vision of heaven. With equal passion, I have sought knowledge. I have wished to understand the hearts of men. I have wished to know why the stars shine. And I have tried to apprehend the Pythagorean power by which numbers hold sway above the flux. Love and knowledge, so far as they were possible, lead upward toward the heavens. But pity brought me back to Earth. Echoes of cries of pain reverberate in my heart. Children in famine, victims tortured by oppressors, helpless old people a hated burden to their sons, and a whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be."

-Bertrand Russell

If you have a quote that's only a couple lines or so, that's fine, but I'm looking for something lengthy (otherwise, I'd probably just read all your sigs).
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Daniel Y. » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:27 am

Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities — the political, the religious, the educational authorities — who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing — forming in our minds — their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself.

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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Aidan_Mclaren » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:39 am

"Nothing is tragic. Everything is unreal"
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Wonderer » Mon Feb 18, 2008 6:47 am

"We must become the change we want to see." -Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
Whatever makes you happy.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby realunoriginal » Mon Feb 18, 2008 9:10 am

The ones in my signature of course!
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Laurentius » Tue Feb 19, 2008 10:32 pm

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge :lol:
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby MagsJ » Wed Feb 20, 2008 4:26 am

Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... I have others.
Groucho Marx

I grew up on the Marx Brothers movies, and never missed one: for I loved Groucho's obnoxious wit that never got him into trouble - this is my favourite quote of his...
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby xzc » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:13 am

Not to wish to see too soon.--As long as one lives through an experience, one must surrender to the experience and shut one's eyes instead of becoming an observer immediately. For that would disturb the good digestion of the experience: instead of wisdom one would acquire indigestion. -F.Nietzsche
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby raju » Wed Feb 20, 2008 5:46 am

The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power. Not wealth or luxury or long life or happiness: only power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from all the oligarchies of the past, in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just round the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.- wikiquote-1984, 1984 by George Orwell

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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Maytacera » Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:50 pm

"I saw a human pyramid once. It was very...unnessary. It did not need to exist."
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Killian_1_4 » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:21 am

imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, 'This is an interesting world I find myself in, an interesting hole I find myself in, fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!' This is such a powerful idea that as the sun rises in the sky and the air heats up and as, gradually, the puddle gets smaller and smaller, it's still frantically hanging on to the notion that everything's going to be alright, because this world was meant to have him in it, was built to have him in it; so the moment he disappears catches him rather by surprise. I think this may be something we need to be on the watch out for. - Douglas Adams
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby gib » Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:42 pm

Maytacera wrote:"I saw a human pyramid once. It was very...unnessary. It did not need to exist."


That's the best quote so far... but who said/wrote it?
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Why can't you hear a psychiatrist using the bathroom? Because the P is silent.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby senoy » Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:17 pm

I have two, so forgive me.

"Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." Job 1:21

"I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity." -Kierkegaard
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby IrvingWashington » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:59 pm

"I am so stupid that I cannot understand philosophy; the antithesis of this is that philosophy is so clever that it cannot comprehend my stupidity. These antitheses are mediated in a higher unity; in our common stupidity." -Kierkegaard


That is an absolutely brilliant quote.
"The world is like a ride in an amusement park. And when you choose to go on it you think it's real because that's how powerful our minds are. And the ride goes up and down and round and round. It has thrills and chills and it's very brightly coloured and it's very loud and it's fun, for a while. Some people have been on the ride for a long time and they begin to question: "Is this real, or is this just a ride?" And other people have remembered, and they come back to us, they say, "Hey, don't worry, don't be afraid, ever, because this is just a ride." And we kill those people."
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Maytacera » Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:59 pm

gib wrote:
Maytacera wrote:"I saw a human pyramid once. It was very...unnessary. It did not need to exist."


That's the best quote so far... but who said/wrote it?


Mitch Hedburg.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Impious » Sun Feb 24, 2008 2:50 am

'The challenge is to become homosexual.' - Foucault
Let the music get you angelic just to gain that bliss. :)
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby nano-bug » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:16 am

"There is no softer pillow than a clear conscience" French Proverb.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Great Again » Fri May 14, 2021 1:42 am

"Nature opens her eyes in man and notices that she is there." - Friedrich Wilhelm J. Schelling.

Heidegger calls this Schellingian bright spot the open place that has opened up in man in the midst of the nature-like closed being.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby obsrvr524 » Fri May 14, 2021 2:33 am

    "The purpose and goal of every living thing is and has always been to Maximize the Integral of Joy Over Time - MIJOT" - James S Saint

It works. :D
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Leyla » Fri May 14, 2021 7:08 am

Another quote from James that I've been thinking about a lot lately:
"Devil's Motto: Make it look good, safe, innocent, and wise ... until it is too late to choose otherwise."

Perhaps more relevant than ever.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby encode_decode » Fri May 14, 2021 7:39 am

For me, it is a little more complicated:

James S Saint wrote:Everything is a guess, but you have to put faith in something. Put faith in the right thing, and you know it. 8)

Taken from this thread: https://ilovephilosophy.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=193673&p=2689964#p2689964

He said this just over three years ago.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Ecmandu » Fri May 14, 2021 4:15 pm

obsrvr524 wrote:
    "The purpose and goal of every living thing is and has always been to Maximize the Integral of Joy Over Time - MIJOT" - James S Saint

It works. :D


Actually, it doesn’t work. People have opposing joys.

I’ll submit one of my quotes instead:

The goal of existence is that we all live our desired experiences at nobodies expense; which means to solve the pleasurable exclusive access problem once and for all.

I’ll go even further:

Karma is nothing but your reputation in the spirit world; there is no blasphemy, you just get a bad reputation.

I’ll go even further:

Sin is just consent violation. Some are worse than others.

I’ll give you another one. The worst thing you can do (lose reputation). Is to stomp on another beings heart while you’re having the best time of your life.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby promethean75 » Fri May 14, 2021 4:25 pm

"The goal of existence is that we all live our desired experiences at nobodies expense; which means to solve the pleasurable exclusive access problem once and for all."

That was good but when I started to read the rest I heard...
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Ecmandu » Fri May 14, 2021 4:28 pm

promethean75 wrote:"The goal of existence is that we all live our desired experiences at nobodies expense; which means to solve the pleasurable exclusive access problem once and for all."

That was good but when I started to read the rest I heard...



I edited my post and added one as well since you replied. People have different languages, I take it upon myself to communicate to all of them, not just you.
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Re: what you're favorite quote?

Postby Mr Reasonable » Fri May 14, 2021 5:33 pm

the streets will flow with the blood of the non-believers - beavis
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