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Mathematics would certainly have not come into existence if one had known from the beginning that there was in nature no exactly straight line, no actual circle, no absolute magnitude.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, but musical as is Apollo's lute, and a perpetual feast of nectared sweets, where no crude surfeit reigns.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.

The pace of science forces the pace of technique. Theoretical physics forces atomic energy on us; the successful production of the fission bomb forces upon us the manufacture of the hydrogen bomb. We do not choose our problems, we do not choose our products; we are pushed, we are forced -- by what? By a system which has no purpose and goal transcending it, and which makes man its appendix.

Erich Fromm (1900-1980) Psychoanalyst and social philosopher.


In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

There is no greater impediment to progress in the sciences than the desire to see it take place too quickly.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

A little rebellion now and then... is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.