// Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

You cannot teach a man anything. You can only help him discover it in himself.

— Galileo

The transcendental object which may be the ground of this appearance that we call matter is a mere something of which we should not understand what it is, even if someone were in a position to tell us.

(Critique of Pure Reason)

The truth wears longer than all the gods; for it is only in the truth's service, and for love of it, that people have overthrown the gods and at last God himself. "The truth" outlasts the downfall of the world of gods, for it is the immortal soul of this transitory world of gods; it is Deity itself.

We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody ever tell you different.

The propositions of logic describe the scaffolding of the world, or rather they represent it. They have no 'subject-matter'.

He who gets to the bottom of his mind comes to know his own nature; knowing his own nature, he also knows God. Preserving one's mind in its integrity and nourishing one's nature is the way to serve God.

— Meng Tzu

Optimism and pessimism, as cosmic philosophies, show the same naive humanism; the great world, so far as we know it from the philosophy of nature, is neither good nor bad, and is not concerned to make us happy or unhappy.

If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.

— Carl Sagan

How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?

(The Restaurant at the End of the Universe)

Light and colours, heat and cold, extension and figures- in a word the things we see and feel- what are they but so many sensations, notions, ideas, or impressions on the sense? And is it possible to separate, even in thought, any of these from perception?