Philosophy Quotes

“In the process of burning out these confusions, we discover enlightenment. If the process were otherwise, the awakened state of mind would be a product dependent upon cause and effect and therefore liable to dissolution. Anything which is created must, sooner or later, die. If enlightenment were created in such a way, there would always be a possibility of ego reasserting itself, causing a return to the confused state. Enlightenment is permanent because we have not produced it; we have merely discovered it.” ― Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
“The pianokeys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind” ― Maria Cristina Mena, The Collected Stories of Maria Cristina Mena
“I have gained this by philosophy … I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.” ― Aristotle
“I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.” ― Baruch Spinoza
“Look. If I touch you with this hand, I can remember touching you, but I can’t prove I ever did. If reality is nothing more than what is in our mind…then what is the difference between this world and a dream?” ― Kaori Ozaki, Immortal Rain, Vol. 1
“The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish.” ― Terry Pratchett, Small Gods
“For where is the man that has incontestable evidence of the truth of all that he holds, or of the falsehood of all he condemns; or can say that he has examined to the bottom all his own, or other men’s opinions? The necessity of believing without knowledge, nay often upon very slight grounds, in this fleeting state of action and blindness we are in, should make us more busy and careful to inform ourselves than constrain others.” ― John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding
“Do you know what punishments I’ve endured for my crimes, my sins? None. I am proof of the absurdity of men’s most treasured abstractions. A just universe wouldn’t tolerate my existence.” ― Brent Weeks, The Way of Shadows
“Give love, take pride” ― Benny Bellamacina, Piddly poems for children vol:3
“Save your explanations, I got some questions for you first and you’d better answer them!’ [slurred Hellian.] ‘With what?’ [Banaschar] sneered. ‘Explanations?’ ‘No. Answers. There’s a difference-‘ ‘Really? How? What difference?’ ‘Explanations are what people use when they need to lie. Y’can always tell those,’cause those don’t explain nothing and then they look at you like they just cleared things up when really they did the opposite and they know it and you know it and they know you know and you know they know that you know and they know you and you know them and maybe you go out for a pitcher later but who picks up the tab? That’s what I want to know.’ ‘Right, and answers?’ ‘Answers is what I get when I ask questions. Answers is when you got no choice. I ask, you tell. I ask again, you tell some more. Then I break your fingers, ’cause I don’t like what you’re telling me, because those answers don’t explain nothing!” ― Steven Erikson, The Bonehunters