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A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty  - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and this alone, I am a deeply religious man.

Albert Einstein - The World as I See It


"...making part of one's life, part of the whole stream and not a mere stagnant puddle without any overflow into the future."


Bertrand Russell about retrospection


"The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it."

William James


Solomon ben Judah ibn Gabirol on Wisdom:

Nobody is wise unless he possesses three qualities: never to despise an inferior (in learning) while he searches after wisdom, not to envy one who is more wealthy, and not to accept payment for his wisdom.  


The sage [Diogenes] was asked, "Who are greater, the wise or the rich?" He replied, "The wise." It was then objected, "If so, how is it that there are more wise men at the doors of rich men than rich men at the doors of the wise?" He replied, "Because the wise appreciate the advantage of wealth, but the rich do not appreciate the advantage of wisdom."


The first step in the acquisition of wisdom is silence, the second listening, the third memory, the fourth practice, the fifth teaching others.


The finest quality in man is that he should be an inquirer


Poverty cannot disgrace the wise man, nor can lust enslave him.


There are four mental types among human beings: the man who knows and is aware that he knows&emdash;he is wise, so inquire of him; the man who knows but is unaware that he knows&emdash;remind him and help him that he forget not (his knowledge); the man who is ignorant and knows that he is ignorant&emdash;teach him; the man who is ignorant but pretends to know&emdash;he is a fool, so keep away from him.


Nobody can detect the error of his teacher until he knows varying opinions.


Man is only wise during the time that he searches for wisdom; when he imagines he has completely attained it, he is a fool.


Who is the wisest of men and the most trusting? He who accepts things as they come and go.



The mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for a decent cause.

Jerome David Salinger



Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things,

man will not himself find peace.

Albert Schweitzer



voorzover de Geest zich van Rede bedient, acht hij alleen dat

nuttig wat tot begrip leidt.

Spinoza, Ethica.



It is better to be roughly right than to be precisely wrong

John Maynard Keynes.



If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?

Albert Einstein.



Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.

Immanuel Kant.



People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use" &emdash;



Moral perfection is there by cultivating the good and looking for the opportunity to excercise the four human virtues: humaneness, dutifulness, ceremonial behavior and insight.

Who doesn't care for others is no human being, nor the one without shame or aversion, nor the one not modest and permissive. Worry is the seed of humaneness, shame and aversion the beginning of dutifulness, modesty and permissivenees the seed of ceremonial behavior, and feelings of approval and rejection the seed of insight.


Morele vervolmaking is er door het cultiveren van het goede en het zoeken van gelegenheid tot beoefening van de vier menselijke deugden: de menselijkheid, de plichtsbetrachting, ceremonieel gedrag en inzicht.

Wie zich niet bezorgd om de ander is geen mens, noch hij die zich niet schaamt of afkeer kent, noch hij die niet bescheiden en toegeeflijk is. Bezorgdheid is de kiem van de medemenselijkheid, schaamte en afkeer de kiem van plichtsbetrachting, bescheidenheid en toegeeflijkheid de kiem van ceremonieel gedrag en gevoelens van afkeuring en goedkeuring vormen de kiem van het inzicht.


'Wij zouden dan slechts handelen als de man van Song die zijn rijsplantjes wilde helpen groeien door ze omhoog te trekken; moraliteit moet groeien uit wat we reeds zijn.

Mencius in 'Fragments'. (Meng ke)



Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.


John Stuart Mill.

An opinon must be judged by means of three tests:the soucrce, the valifity and the applicability.The soiurce we judge by comparison with the deeds of ancient kings

the validity by comparison to clues caught by the eyes and ears.

the applicability to the practice benefitting the state and the people.


Een opvatiing moet met behulp van drie toetsen worden beoordeeld: De oorsprong, de geldigheid en de toepasbaarheid; De oorsprong beoordelen we door vergelijking met de daden van de koningen van de oudheid

de geldigheid door vergeklijking met aanwijzuingen via ogen en oren.

de toepasbaarheid aan de praktijk die staat en volk voorbdeel brengt.

Mozi (Mo Di)471-380 v. Chr

The same passions in man and woman nonetheless differ in tempo; hence man and woman do not cease misunderstanding one another.


Friedrich Nietzsche




To submit to philosophy is nothimng but freedom.


The most important achievement of philosophy is:
gratitude and the correct way to express it.



We know what we are, but know not what we may be.



"The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

Robert Byrne


"When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you."



"You don't get harmony when everybody sings the same note."

Doug Floyd


"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved."

Victor Hugo


"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

Anatole France


"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Edmund Burke


"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

George Bernard Shaw


"Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself."



"People only see what they are prepared to see." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


"Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead."



"It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well."

Rene Descartes


"Tis nobler to lose honor to save the lives of men than tis to gain honor by taking them."

David Borenstein


"It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country and mankind its citizens."



"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."



"Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times."



"The sayings of the unknown are the best"



"Everything has been figured out, except how to live."

Jean-Paul Sartre


"The brighter you are, the more you have to learn."

Don Herold


"Knowledge is power."

Francis Bacon


"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."

Maya Angelou


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."



"He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened."



"Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire; Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou life up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heavens, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven...Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee."

Deuteronomy 4:15-19, 23


"Every man should have a Lord"

Treaty of Verdun 843



" Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

~George Bernard Shaw"



" If someone with the right conduct tries to attain to something that lies outside of it, is his goal not the right conduct."




"Philosophic investigation is actually meant to make us understand that everything belongs to God:
' îsâvâsyam idam sarvam' ."

Marja Langkamp

 A religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the universe as revealed by modern science, might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge.                           

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot (1994)



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