Miscellaneous Philosophy Quotes
Cicero: the good of the people is the chief law.
Durkheim, Emile: There is no society known where a more or less developed criminality is not found under different forms.
Fromm, Erich: There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feelings as ‘moral indignation,’ which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
Kant, Immanuel: Out of the crooked tree of humanity no straight thing can ever be made.
Kierkegaard, Soren: It is quite true what Philosophy says: that Life must be understood backwards. But that makes one forget the other saying: that is must be lived forwards. The more one ponders this the more it comes to mean that life in the temporal existence never becomes quite intelligible precisely because at no moment can I find complete quiet to take the backward looking position.
Lao-Tsze: He who knows others is learned. He who knows himself is wise.
Pascal, Blaise: I lay it down as a fact that if all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
by Niccolo Machiavelli
001. [From the Introduction] Politics has an should have its own rules and should not accept rules of any kind or from any source where the object is not to win or prevail over other. — Politics should not be limited by anything not political.
002. [Introduction] The essence of [Machiavellian] politics is that “you can get away with murder”: that no divine sanction, or degradation of soul, or twinge of conscience will come to punish you.
[Machiavelli] urges us to share in that evil and he virtuously condemns half-hearted immoralists.
003. [Introduction] The matter at issue is the character of the rules by which we reward human beings with fame or condemn them with infamy, the very status of immortality.