Category: wisdom

“Love, too, has to be learned.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science

“The purest heart is precisely the one most willing to comprehend his own guilt most deeply.”

Søren Kierkegaard, Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions

“The spirit only becomes free at the point where it ceases to be invoked as a support.”

Franz Kafka, The Zürau Aphorisms

“It is a mark of a trained mind never to expect more precision in the treatment of any subject than the nature of that subject permits.”

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

“Far from idleness being the root of all evil, it is rather the only true good.”

Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

“One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.”

Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

“It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.”

Alfred North Whitehead, Science and the Modern World

“People nowadays think that scientists exist to instruct them, poets, musicians, etc. to give them pleasure. The idea that these have something to teach them — that does not occur to them.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Culture and Value

“Man’s greatest wealth is to live on little with contented mind; for little is never lacking.”

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things

“No one who sees what is bad chooses it willingly; instead he is lured into seeing it as good compared to what is even worse, and thus he is trapped.”

Epicurus, Vatican Sayings