// Quotes | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.

If a statement is made, it is to be confronted with the totality of existing statements. If it agrees with them, it is joined to them; if it does not agree, it is called 'untrue' and rejected; or the existing complex of statements of science is modified so that the new statement can be incorporated.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

— Socrates

If one thinks about it logically, it seems as though death should be something to be afraid of only if we will survive it, and perhaps undergo some terrible transformation. But that doesn't prevent many people from thinking that annihilation is one of the worst things that could happen to them.

I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

— Voltaire

"Everything straight lies," . . .. "All truth is crooked; time itself is a circle."

— Nietzsche

Metaphysical terms separate - scientific terms connect. United by a unified language, scientists form a kind of scholarly republic of labour, even if so many other things still separate people.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

— Socrates

Though I shall for convenience often speak of two standpoints, the subjective and the objective, and though the various places in which this opposition is found have much in common, the distinction between more subjective and more objective views is really a matter of degree, and it covers a wide spectrum.

Unlike Descartes, we own and use our beliefs of the moment, even in the midst of philosophizing, until by what is vaguely called scientific method we change them here and there for the better. Within our own total evolving doctrine, we can judge truth as earnestly and absolutely as can be; subject to correction, but that goes without saying.

(Word and Object)