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

This is from the dialogue titled Sophist, the Fowler translation at perseus.tufts.edu gives it as: No one should be discouraged, Theaetetus, who can make constant progress, even though it be slow. ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It's also important to remember that Nietzche's father was an ultra religious Christian and he would have no doubt been well familiar with Jesus' words from https://biblehub.com/matthew/26-52.htm "...
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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"

Plato, Statesman, 264: Stranger Let us, then, not make our division as we did before, with a view to all, nor in a hurry, with the idea that we may thus reach political science quickly, for that has ...
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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”?

Bonitas non est pessimis esse meliorem. translated as "goodness does not mean merely being better than the lowest" in Epistles vol.2 LXXIX (Number 89, "On the rewards of scientific ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

It has to be read as poetic language. It's evocative, unsettling, and striking, rather than explicit. Fighting monsters making a hero monstrous is not an uncommon trope, for instance it can be found ...
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Is philosophy about organizing our ignorance?

"A man might say, with enough truth to justify a joke: 'Science is what we know, and philosophy is what we don’t know.'" -Bertrand Russell “Philosophy for Laymen” Universities Quarterly 1 (Nov 1946), ...
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Is this a real quote by Bergson

I have seen this quote in multiple books by the Turkish poet, Ahmet Necip Fazıl Kısakürek, who actually was a student of Henri Bergson. However, I am not aware if this quote appears in one of Bergson'...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

See Twilight of the Idols, or How One Philosophizes with a Hammer (Götzen-Dämmerung, oder Wie man mit dem Hammer philosophiert, August-September 1888) : The Probelm of Socrates : "The wisest men in ...
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Can I get more background on quote from Democritus?

See Democritus of Abdera (born about 460 BCE) and the complete English transaltion of Democritus' fragments. In a nutshell, we may read it as [see Fr.113] : love for wisdom is more important than ...
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Where exactly Kant says ‘philosophy is to learn how to think …’?

In his "Nachricht von der Einrichtung seiner Vorlesungen in dem Winterhalbenjahre von 1765-1766" (Notification of the establishment of his lectures in the winter semester of 1765-1766) he ...
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What does this quote of Nietzsche mean?

Nietzsche is talking about decadence, i.e., any approach to life, such as Christian morality, that leads to the decay rather than the flourishing of human beings. At the same time, he is commenting on ...
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Source of a Russell quote about purpose and meaninglessness

With further searching I found the answer in Hugh S. Moorhead's The Meaning of Life, page 164-165. The quote comes from a letter to Hugh Moorhead from Bertrand Russell on January 10, 1952. Moorhead ...
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Where does this Alan Watts audio clip come from?

It appears to originate in this lecture: https://www.alanwatts.org/searchable/1-4-4-divine-madness/ The audio of which can be purchased here: https://alan-watts-electronic-university.myshopify.com/...
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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”?

It is hard to find because it does not exist. This quote, along with "When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need", are made up by John Heider in his 1985 Tao of Leadership. Here is from ...
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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)?

This probably refers to the infamous "murderer at the door" passage from Kant's essay On a Supposed Right to Lie from Philanthropy (1797), written near the end of his life. The essay was a ...
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Origin of "Great acts are made up of small deeds"

Tao Te Ching, Chapter 63. See e.g. Wordsworth Edition with A.Waley translation,1997, page 66. From a different translation: Lao Tzu, Te-Tao Ching: A New Translation Based on the Recently Discovered Ma-...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

The key word in the first sentence is "fights." When one fight, one often justifies one's actions by what it does to one's opponents. People who consider killing to be wrong are often willing to ...
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Is the following a quote from Nietzsche?

Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Book for All and None (German: Also sprach Zarathustra: Ein Buch für Alle und Keinen) (1883-91), First part : "Alone I go now, my disciples! You ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

Think about your own demons and enemies. You do your best to push them to the side. But how far will you go? How long do you ponder a darker solution? Where is the line you will go to? The more ...
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Source of a Russell quote about difficulties in his work

See B.Russell's Autobiography (1975) page 142: I was trying hard to solve the contradictions [...]. Every morning I would sit down before a blank sheet of paper. [...] Often when evening came it was ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster" Think of Quint in Jaws. His experience on the USS Indianapolis so affected him that the rest of his life became a quest ...
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What does this excerpt from Plato's Republic mean?

In this part of Book II, Plato is describing the early education of the Guardians. In Waterfield's translation, this passage appears in Chapter 4, "Primary Education for the Guardians". Plato, ...
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What does this excerpt from Plato's Republic mean?

Plato would prefer to censor the story completely and eliminate it from circulation because it projects a morally incorrect image of the gods. However, he recognises that the story, so firmly ...
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Is this quote from Aristotle?

Though I'm pretty sure the quote is not from Aristotle, much of it is covered by what Aristotle says in Nicomachean Ethics. A person with the excellence of practical rationality is ...
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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."

This sounds like a loose paraphrase of the sense of Daybreak aph. 329 (see also the first half of aph. 542, and the parallel passage in Genealogy of Morals). The necessity of illusions is also the ...
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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.”

It is about friendship (Ancient Greek: φιλία): Anaxagoras of Clazomenae was friend and counsellor of the Athenian stateman Pericles. See V.Azoulay, Pericles of Athens, (French ed., 2010), page 90: ...
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Quote from Wittgenstein

I think that the source is one of Wittgenstein's letters to Ludwig von Ficker (prospective publisher of the Tractatus): maybe that of December 4 or October 1919. Unfortunately, I'm unable to check on ...
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Book of quotations from philosophers, inpsirational sayings, or passages to reflect on?

A. J. Ayer, a very famous twentieth century analytic philosopher, with the help of Jane O'Grady published a book entitled A Dictionary Of Philosophical Quotations which should provide you with exactly ...
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Trying to Understand Quote by Nietzsche

This is an interesting question and, personally, I have also pondered on what Nietzche meant by this quote. This is my interpretation: The more one allows oneself to dwell on depression and whatever ...

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