// banach's | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you.

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.

In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.

— Mark Twain

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

The unexamined life may not be worth living, but the over-examined life is nothing to write home about either.

Ordinary people fancy they see something rigid, complete and permanent; in truth, however, light and dark, bitter and sweet are attached to each other and interlocked at any given moment like wrestlers of whom sometimes the one, sometimes the other is on top.

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

The universe gives birth to communicating participators. Communicating participators give meaning to the universe … With such a concept goes the endless series of receding reflections one sees in a pair of facing mirrors.

It is not 'history' which uses men as a means of achieving—as if it were an individual person—its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.

— Karl Marx

For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. / The riddle does not exist. / If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.