Quotable quotes


It has been a long while since we did this and today we shall quote my favourite philosopher.

Truth will have no Gods before it.—The belief in truth begins with the doubt of all truths in which one has previously believed.

Nietzsche in Ecce Homo

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

28 thoughts on “Quotable quotes

  1. Truth has no time for gods, gods need their ego stroked.

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  2. okuodo says:

    Doubt can’t be the starting point of our beliefs.the father of methodic doubt left us a Cartesian problem which will forever be cyclic.

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  3. Arkenaten says:

    What does God think of truth, I wonder? 😉

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  4. aguywithoutboxers says:

    When a person begins to explore truth, the fallacy of myths collapses. Good quote today, my Nairobi brother. I hope you are good.

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  5. john zande says:

    A compliment:

    “Facts are facts. They are enormously discourteous. They do not revere old books, they do not stand in awe before old beliefs. They do not bow before famous ancestors. They are simply the stuff out of which reality is made and the final judge of truth” (Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine)

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    • fabryhistory says:

      I like that one – it’s going on my fridge door!

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    • exrelayman says:

      Good one. Put this in my list of favorite quotes. Perhaps you meant complement rather than compliment?

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    • holly says:

      “If we have dignity, we do not run away from the truth. We do not turn the world into a reflection of our fantasies….We strive for knowledge. We weigh our beliefs on the scales of evidence.” also Rabbi Sherwin T Wine.

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      • john zande says:

        Brilliant quote, Holly. Is that from A Provocative People?

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I’ll see your Rabbi Wine and raise you a Buddha:

        Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
        Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
        Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
        Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
        Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
        But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
        — Buddha —

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        • holly says:

          Then allow me to add a thought for further discussion:

          “Mankind is not a circle with a single center but an ellipse with two focal points of which facts are one and ideas the other.” Victor Hugo

          “I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
          Robert Fulghum

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          • holly says:

            Two more for good measure… 😉
            “Many people will not tolerate a state of doubt, either because they will not endure the mental discomfort of it or because they regard it as evidence of inferiority.To be genuinely thoughtful, we must be willing to sustain and protract that state of doubt which is the stimulus to thorough inquiry, so as not to accept an idea or make a positive assertion of a belief, until justifying reasons have been found”~John Dewey.

            “While imagination is the source of inspiration in seeking new knowledge, it can also be dangerous if not subjected to discipline; a fertile imagination needs to be balanced by criticism and judgment. This is, of course, quite different from saying it should be repressed or crushed. The imagination merely enables us to wander into the darkness of the unknown where, by the dim light of the knowledge that we carry, we may glimpse something that seems of interest. But when we bring it out and examine it more closely it usually proves to be only trash whose glitter had caught our attention. Things not clearly seen often take on grotesque forms. Imagination is at once the source of all hope and inspiration but also of frustration. To forget this is to court despair.” Carl Sagan

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          • archaeopteryx1 says:

            Excellent, Holly – both.

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        • makagutu says:

          This quote of Buddha should be put on every door- school, church and house of legislation especially

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  6. archaeopteryx1 says:

    “Is man one of God’s blunders or is God one of man’s blunders?”
    — Friedrich Nietzsche —

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  7. Sonel says:

    Great quote Mak! 😀

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