// 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.

Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.

Opportunities multiply as they are seized.

— Sun Tzu

The truth is always a compound of two half- truths, and you never reach it, because there is always something more to say.

Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless - like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. -Bruce Lee

You can pretend to be serious; you can't pretend to be witty.

If there were no eternal consciousness in a man, if at the bottom of everything, there were only a wild ferment, a power that, twisting in dark passions, produced everything great or inconsequential, if an unfathomable, insatiable, emptiness lay hidden beneath everything, what would life be but despair?

I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.

It's a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.