Saturday, December 18, 2004

You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Heraclitus, On the Universe

Existentialism is not atheist in the sense that it would exhaust itself in demonstrations of the non-existence of God. It declares, rather, that even if God existed that would make no difference from its point of view. Not that we believe God does exist, but we think that the real problem is not that of His existence; what man needs is to find himself again and to understand that nothing can save him from himself, not even a valid proof of the existence of God. In this sense existentialism is optimistic. It is a doctrine of action, and it is only by self-deception, by confining their own despair with ours that Christians can describe us as without hope.
Existentialism As Humanism Jean-Paul Sartre

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Most of the greatest evils that man has inflicted upon man
have come through people feeling quite certain about
something which, in fact, was false.
--Bertrand Russell

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

"I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not
knowing. I think it is much more interesting to live
not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong."
-- Richard Feynman

Monday, December 13, 2004

Physically and mentally, Nietzsche collapsed in 1879. He was certain death was near and even arranged his funeral with his sister's assistance.

Promise me that when I die only my friends shall stand about my coffin, and no inquisitive crowd. See that no priest or anyone else utter falsehoods at my graveside, when I can no longer protect myself; and let me descend into my tomb as an honest pagan.

Monday, December 06, 2004

"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself.
What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."

- Herman Hesse, German novelist

Sunday, December 05, 2004

"The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little."
-- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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