philosophy arises from awe,
a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths
and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
-- Thomas Aquinas
To assert that it is possible to establish peace between
men of different nations is simply to assert that
man, whatever his ethnical background, his race, religious
beliefs, or philosophy, is capable of reason. Two
forces within the individual contribute to the development
of his conscience and of his morality: reason and
is something of which none of us can give too much.
For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures
our neighbors build their philosophy of life.
-- A. J. Cronin
is my simple religion. There is no need for temples;
no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain,
our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
a new philosophy of cooperation (win-win) in which everybody
-- W. Edwards Deming
We must set an example now and move environmentalism
from being the philosophy of a passionate minority
... to a way of life that automatically integrates
ecology into governmental policy and normal living
is the pursuit of truth. My grandfather believed that
truth should be the cornerstone of everybody’s life
and that we must dedicate our lives to pursuing truth,
to finding out the truth in our lives. And so his
entire philosophy was the philosophy of life. It was
not just a philosophy for conflict resolution, but
something that we have to imbibe in our life and live
it all the time so that we can improve and become
better human beings."
from fear' could be said to sum up the whole philosophy
of human rights. -- Dag
"The vision I see is not only a movement of direct
democracy, of self- and co-determination and non-violence,
but a movement in which politics means the power to
love and the power to feel united on the spaceship
Earth... In a world struggling in violence and dishonesty,
the further development of non-violence - not only
as a philosophy but as a way of life, as a force on
the streets, in the market squares, outside the missile
bases, inside the chemical plants and inside the war
industry - becomes one of the most urgent priorities."
We are not afraid to entrust the American people
with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies,
and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid
to let its people judge the truth and falsehood
in an open market is a nation that is afraid of
philosophy of jazz represents tolerance, teamwork and inclusion.
That's what America is about. The music reflects that."
-- Thelonious Monk Jr.
philosophy that I have worked under most of my life
is that the serious study of natural history is an
activity which has far-reaching effects in every aspect
of a person’s life. It ultimately makes people protective
of the environment in a very committed way. It is
my opinion that the study of natural history should
be the primary avenue for creating environmentalists.
one decides to do in crisis depends on one's philosophy
of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by
an incident. If one hasn't any philosophy in crises,
others make the decision.
secure our environmental legacy for future generations,
we must find ways to reconcile humanity more satisfactorily
with the natural systems upon which all human life and
civilizations depend. We must recognize that the natural
systems of which we are part have an intrinsic worth
transcending narrow utilitarian values. They must be
preserved for their own sake. No philosopher or religious
thinker has been more sensitive to this intimate relationship
between humanity and nature than St. Francis of Assisi.
The powerful contemporary environmental tradition of
preservation, of reverence for wilderness and protection
for all living things - the ideal that sees, as John
Muir said, ‘in God’s wildness... the hope of the world’
- virtually began with St. Francis."
-- William K. Reilly, U.S. Environmental Protection
Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you
is the possibility of doubting, of making a mistake,...
of searching and experimenting,... of saying No to any
authority - literary, artistic, philosophical, religious,
social, and even political.
-- Ignazio Silone
be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts,
nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom
as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity,
independence, magnanimity and trust.”
The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy
is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions
to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous
As the new spirituality begins to become the pervasive
spirituality of the planet, we'll find that we have
abandoned our philosophy of contradictions in which
we say we're all one but continue to try to win.
does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain
knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy
you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.
believe in taking down the barriers, but we also believe
in the most energetic reconciliation among peoples
by getting them to know each other, talk each other's
languages, understand each other's fears and beliefs,
getting to know each other physically, philosophically,
and spiritually. It is much harder to kill your near
neighbor than the thousands of unknown and hostile
aliens at the other end of a nuclear missile. We have
to create a world in which there are no unknown, hostile
aliens at the other end of any missiles.
Williams (The Peace People)