// Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?

— Chuang Tzu

Never mistake motion for action.

There is no cure for birth and death other than to enjoy the interval.

To know what questions may be reasonably asked is already a great and necessary proof of sagacity and insight. For if a question is absurd in itself and calls for an answer where none is required, it not only brings shame on the propounder of the question, but may betray an incautious listener into absurd answers, thus presenting, as the ancients said, the ludicrous spectacle of one man milking a he-goat and the other holding a sieve underneath.

Immanuel Kant

The understanding, like the eye, whilst it makes us see and perceive all other things, takes no notice of itself; and it requires art and pains to set it at a distance and make it its own object.

— John Locke

To lead the people, walk behind them.

— Lao Tzu

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

Science discovers natural laws of the universe; it does not create them. Why then, is belief in God as the Creator of the universe considered contrary to science?

— Nas Raja

It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

— Confucius