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Did Plato say “Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow”?

“Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.” is a phrase popularly attributed to Plato on the internet, but after extensive googling, I can't see any reference to any ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." - Nietzsche (Beyond Good and Evil: ...
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Is philosophy about organizing our ignorance?

I am interested in B. Russell's quote: Science is what we know; philosophy is what we don't know. What is he saying here in terms of a definition of philosophy? In his sense, is that correct to ...
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Where is the source of the Seneca quote “to be good, it is not enough to be better than the worst”?

Where Seneca says something like: To be good, it is not enough to be better than the worst. I am looking for the correct preferably online reference.
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Can I get more background on quote from Democritus?

The quote from philosopher Democritus is: [I would] rather discover one cause than gain the kingdom of Persia. or I would rather discover a single demonstration [in geometry] than become king ...
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Did Aristotle say "The more you know..."

One finds all over the web the words attributed to Aristotle "The more you know, the more you know you don't know." Can that be right? It sounds a bit adorable for Aristotle, and the citations are ...
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What is the original text of Lao Zi’s quote “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be”?

I can not find the original quote in Chinese. It may be so difficult because the original text is probably very far from "When I let go of what I am...". Does anyone know what the original Chinese ...
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What is Descartes arguing for in the text below?

Now it is indeed evident by the light of nature that there must be at least as much [reality] in the efficient and total cause as there is in the effect of that same cause. For whence, I ask, could an ...
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Did Nietzsche actually say or write, "Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed."

The quote, "Sometimes people don't want to hear the truth because they don't want their illusions destroyed" is, at least on the Internet, often attributed to Nietzsche, e.g., goodreads, Simple ...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

So I read this quote: "Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?" of Nietzsche and I have no idea of what he is talking about here. Can anybody ...
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What does this excerpt from Plato's Republic mean?

This excerpt is from Book II, concerning Plato's reasoning for censoring a certain story of Hesiod's: The doings of Cronus, and the sufferings which in turn his son inflicted upon him, even if they ...
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Is this a real quote from Kant?

Is this a real quote from Kant? “Someone’s intelligence can be measured by the quantity of uncertainties that he can bear” If so, what is the origin? In what context does he say it?
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Is it fallacious to argue that power must be evil?

According to popular wisdom "Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely". If one is considering ethics, and one argues that power must be evil because it can corrupt people, is this a fallacy ...
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Source of a Russell quote about purpose and meaninglessness

The following quote is attributed to Bertrand Russell: Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is meaningless. The reference for the quote is: Bertrand Russell, quoted in Rick ...
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Is this a real quote by Bergson

I read in a text that when Henri Bergson was confronted about his arguments against abstract rationalism by pointing out that "he used reason to argue against rationalism" he replied "Hence, the final ...
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Where does this Alan Watts audio clip come from?

I'm trying to locate the source of an Alan Watts quote/audio clip that has been used in numerous YouTube edits. It is referenced in some places as the 'Falling Into Love' lecture, but there is no such ...
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Quote of Russell on Mathematics

My memory seems to be failing me at the moment, but I seem to recall Russell saying something like the following on some occasion: The consistency of mathematics does not show that it is true but ...
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What's the origin of this quote from Plato? "To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed"

Apparently the following quote belongs to Plato: To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. However, unfortunately I couldn't find the context or origin (e.g. book, essay, ...
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Origin of "Great acts are made up of small deeds"

It is easy to find the author - Lao Tzu. But I lost hope trying to find the context, e.g. the book of the quote's origin. Hoping Stack Exchange philosophers can provide the answer.
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What is the basis for Kant's misquote "If the truth shall kill them, let them die" (murderer at the door)?

I recently discovered that the quote "If the truth shall kill them, let them die" is falsely attributed to Kant, and actually stems from Ayn Rand paraphrasing Kant [1] [2] Which work/passage could ...
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Book of quotations from philosophers, inpsirational sayings, or passages to reflect on?

I am looking for a comprehensive book of sayings by philosophers throughout history. I like to look at some short segments, anything from a single line to a half page passage, a quote that I can ...
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Is this quote from Aristotle?

I can't find the source for this quote which apparently belongs to Aristotle. Any ideas? Thanks! First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary ...
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Did Camus ever really write "Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee"?

I think it's so wonderfully and beautifully put, but can't find the source, and am curious as to whether or not it's a genuine quotation.
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Schopenhauer on the unworthiness of life

In which book and section does Schopenhauer say that "life is so short, questionable and evanescent that it is not worth the trouble of any major effort"? I often see this quote attributed to him, ...
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Quote about meaning of meaning

Trying to track down a quote about the emptiness of the notion of "meaning of life", or the "justness of an entire framework of justice". I think it was by Friedrich Hayek, and I ...
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What's the source of this saying on quantity vs. quality in friendship?

“To get to know your friends, you have to go through success and disgrace. In success, we check the quantity and, in disgrace, the quality.” That's been translated from Portuguese, where it seems ...
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The source of a Nietzsche quote

I remember Nietzsche wrote "it is OK to philosophize by just touching on subjects" instead of developing a systematic way. In which book was it? Or do I misremember the quote? Thanks in advance, Best ...
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Is there a cite for this attribution by Deleuze to Marx

Deleuze in his book Bergsonism compares a passage of Bergson to Marx saying “Humanity only sets itself problems that it is capable of solving.” But Deleuze gives no cite to Marx. I can see the drift ...
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Is this quote flawed when it comes to not understanding racism and also not admiring it? [closed]

Can anyone please help me with how to respond to someone who has told me that he doesn't understand racism and can't admire it either? Is it possible that someone doesn't get what racism is? Here is ...
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Is the following a quote from Nietzsche?

Hello everyone on PhilStackexchange, I am just requesting source for a line I heard from a friend who alleges that it is from Nietzsche. The line goes like 'he who leaves me is my true follower', and ...
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Source of Cicero quote on good/evil?

Inability to tell good from evil is the greatest worry of man's life. This quote is often attributed to Cicero. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to find much on Google beyond various "inspirational ...
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Who is author of "a human is an animal but unhappy because of mindfulness"?

A while ago I heard the phrase like this: A human is just an animal but unhappy because of mindfulness It may differ cuz I heard it in other language I remembered that it was said by Arthur ...
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Quote from Wittgenstein

In his book Il était sept fois la révolution, Étienne Klein gives the following quotation of Ludwig Wittgenstein: Tout livre, même s'il est écrit avec une honnêteté totale, peut toujours être ...
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What is the meaning of the quote from Anaxogoras? “even those who have occasion for a lamp supply it with oil.”

According to Plutarch, When Pericles heard that Anaxagoras was starving himself, Pericles approached Anaxagoras begging him to stop starving himself since if Anaxagoras were to die,Pericles will lose ...
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What is the meaning of this Khalil Gibran quote?

I am reading "The Prophet". I am not clear about the below quote. Life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, and all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, and all knowledge is vain ...
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Did Maurice Mearleau-Ponty really say this quote?

I found this quote in the book "At the Existentialist Cafe" by Sarah Bakewell, but I cannot find a confirmation of its authenticity anywhere else on the internet. Perhaps it's a unique translation? ...
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help understanding famous Nietzsche quote: "With greatness — that means cynically and with innocence."

Of what is great one must either be silent or speak with greatness. With greatness — that means cynically and with innocence. Is there any practical wisdom to this quote? What does it mean to ...
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Who said: "Everything is meaningless, but nothing is chance"?

In the German movie series Heimat 2 (episode 8), the philosophy student Alex says at one point: Everything is meaningless, but nothing is chance [my tentative transcription from German: Alles ist ...
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Nietzsche aphorism about happiness - interpretation

THE DANGER IN HAPPINESS.--"Everything now turns out best for me, I now love every fate:--who would like to be my fate?" From Beyond Good and Evil. I wondered if anyone could share some wisdom ...
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Is the couplet about mathematics and poetry about logocentricism and deconstructionism?

I find this couplet really interesting: Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things Poetry is the art of giving different names to the same thing The first one is made ...
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Are paradoxes a necessary element of everyone representation of the world?

Introduction I stumbled upon the quotation Intelligence is to spot paradoxes. Wisdom is to live by them. from Raheel Farooq according to goodreads.com. I am here not so much interested in the ...
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What is meant: "Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.”

Does someone have some reliable source what was meant by quote by Søren Kierkegaard in the title? Can you elaborate? Does it mean for example I shouldn't think how to solve some problem, rather say go ...
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What is the meaning of this A.J Ayer quote?

What is the meaning of this quote by A.J Ayer when one buys a pair of shoes, one is buying three things, the right shoe, the left shoe and the pair
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Source of Crassus quote on greed?

"Greed is but a word the jealous inflict upon the ambitious" This quote is often attributed to Marcus Licinius Crassus. Unfortunately, I'm struggling to find much on Google beyond various &...
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What is the meaning of this Chuang-Tzu quote?

What is the meaning of this quote ? Also, what can one take away from this ? …the wise man looks into space and does not regard the small as too little, nor the great as too big, for he ...
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Quote from Kant about science

I've just watched a video of a Philosophy Professor who said this in a conference: "paraphrasing Kant, the scientist does not work as an observer of reality. He rather works as an interrogator ...
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I and me are always too deep in conversation - Friedrich Nietzsche. What exactly does it mean?

So I have been reading a lot of Nietzsche because in my opinion he has a rather interesting view on certain things. One of the things I came across which I do not understand is his quote 'I and me ...
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Source for an Al-Kindi quotation

Can anyone provide me with a reliable source for the quote below which is attributed to Al-Kindi, preferably from his own work? It is fitting for us not to be ashamed to acknowledge truth and to ...
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Can't determine who is the author of this paradox

In some Japanese anime one of the characters presented the following paradox: “What do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat by just means? Do you stain your hands with evil to destroy ...
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Looking for a quote - "Philosophy began when ..." or something

I am looking for a quote. I don't recall by whom, but it goes something like this. Philosophy began when men had time to be lazy - anyone?