482 Total Quotes

American Philosopher Quotes

The point is not to stay marginal, but to participate in whatever network of marginal zones is spawned from other disciplinary centers and which, together, constitute a multiple displacement of those authorities.
Judith Butler
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John Dewey
Luck, bad if not good, will always be with us. But it has a way of favoring the intelligent and showing its back to the stupid.
John Dewey
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Idealistic reformers are dangerous because their idealism has no roots in love, but is simply a hysterical and unbalanced rage for order amidst their own chaos.
William Thompson
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Allan Bloom
Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts.
Allan Bloom
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George Santayana
Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.
George Santayana
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The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
Daniel Dennett
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I'm happy writing full-time and I've been making a living off it so far. I haven't had any complaints with it at all. I'm happy.
Larry Brown
#American Philosopher

In the long run I certainly hope information is the cure for fanaticism, but I am afraid information is more the cause than the cure.
Daniel Dennett
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One of the embarrassing problems for the early nineteenth-century champions of the Christian faith was that not one of the first six Presidents of the United States was an orthodox Christian.
Mortimer Adler
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George Santayana
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
George Santayana
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John Dewey
Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.
John Dewey
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The problem is that no ethical system has ever achieved consensus. Ethical systems are completely unlike mathematics or science. This is a source of concern.
Daniel Dennett
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George Santayana
It is veneer, rouge, aestheticism, art museums, new theaters, etc. that make America impotent. The good things are football, kindness, and jazz bands.
George Santayana
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Allan Bloom
Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.
Allan Bloom
#American Philosopher

George Santayana
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
George Santayana
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George Santayana
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
George Santayana
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Alan Watts
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts
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Alan Watts
I owe my solitude to other people.
Alan Watts
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Alan Watts
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Alan Watts
#American Philosopher

Alan Watts
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Alan Watts
#American Philosopher

Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.
John Bradshaw
#American Philosopher

Alan Watts
Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
Alan Watts
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Alan Watts
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Alan Watts
#American Philosopher

Alan Watts
But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
Alan Watts
#American Philosopher

Alan Watts
Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
Alan Watts
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George Santayana
Chaos is a name for any order that produces confusion in our minds.
George Santayana
#American Philosopher

Allan Bloom
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency - the belief that the here and now is all there is.
Allan Bloom
#American Philosopher

Allan Bloom
Education is the movement from darkness to light.
Allan Bloom
#American Philosopher

Allan Bloom
Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.
Allan Bloom
#American Philosopher