// Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

The ultimate elements in a theory of the world must be of a nature impossible to define in terms recognizable to the mind.

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. The truly wise person is colorblind.

Space exists only in relation to our particularizing consciousness.

Philosophically, the notion of a beginning of the present order of Nature is repugnant to me... I should like to find a genuine loophole.

It would be unreasonable to limit our thought of nature to what can be comprised in sense-pictures.

Could one not imagine oneself in a state which compares to being awake, just as wakefulness compares to being asleep? Being awake would be like the dreams of that state, which in turn would show that the illusion (of the certainty) of rational knowledge is nothing but vain imagination.

— Al-Ghazali

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.

In science we study the linkage of pointer readings with pointer readings. The terms link together in endless cycle with the same inscrutable nature running through the whole.

I am afraid the knockabout comedy of modern atomic physics is not very tender towards our aesthetic ideals. The stately drama of stellar evolution turns out to be more like the hair-breadth escapades in the films. The music of the spheres has a painful suggestion of -- jazz.

All the familiar terms of physics -- length, duration of time, motion, force, mass, energy, and so on -- refer primarily to this relative knowledge of the world; and it remains to be seen whether any knowledge of them can be retained in a description of the world which is not relative to a particular observer.