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Inspirational Edmund Husserl Quotes

Edmund Husserl (8 April 1859 – 27 April 1938) was a German philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Edmund Husserl Quotes.

He established the school of phenomenology. In his early work, he elaborated critiques of historicism and of psychologism in logic based on analyses of intentionality.

In his mature work, he sought to develop a systematic foundational science based on the so-called phenomenological reduction.

Arguing that transcendental consciousness sets the limits of all possible knowledge, Husserl re-defined phenomenology as a transcendental-idealist philosophy.

Husserl’s thought profoundly influenced the landscape of twentieth-century philosophy, and he remains a notable figure in contemporary philosophy and beyond.

Husserl studied mathematics under Karl Weierstrass and Leo Königsberger, and philosophy under Franz Brentano and Carl Stumpf.

He taught philosophy as a Privatdozent at Halle from 1887, then as professor, first at Göttingen from 1901, then at Freiburg from 1916 until he retired in 1928, after which he remained highly productive. Following an illness, he died at Freiburg in 1938.

Edmund Husserl Quotes
Edmund Husserl Quotes

Edmund Husserl Quotes

“I had to philosophize. Otherwise, I could not live in this world.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Merely fact-minded sciences make merely fact-minded people.”
― Edmund Husserl

“I must achieve internal consistency.”
― Edmund Husserl

“I seek not to instruct but only to lead, to point out and describe what I see. I claim no other right than that of speaking according to my best lights, principally before myself but in the same manner also before others, as one who has lived in all its seriousness the fate of a philosophical existence.”
― Edmund Husserl

“To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Philosophy as science, as serious, rigorous, indeed apodictically rigorous science — the dream is over.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.”
― Edmund Husserl

“A new fundamental science, pure phenomenology, has developed within philosophy: This is a science of a thoroughly new type and endless scope. It is inferior in methodological rigor to none of the modern sciences. All philosophical disciplines are rooted in pure phenomenology, through whose development, and through it alone, they obtain their proper force.”
― Edmund Husserl

“The future alone will judge which was the true Germany in 1933, and who were the true Germans—those who subscribe to the more or less materialistic-mythical racial prejudices of the day, or those Germans pure in heart and mind, heirs to the great Germans of the past whose tradition they revere and perpetuate.”
Edmund Husserl quotes

“The actuality of all of material Nature is therefore kept out of action and that of all corporeality along with it, including the actuality of my body, the body of the recognizing subject.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.”
― Edmund Husserl

“First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher
must “once in his life” withdraw into himself and attempt,
within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences
that, up to then, he has been accepting. Philosophy wisdom
(sagesse) is the philosophizer’s quite personal affair. It must
arise as His wisdom, as his self-acquired knowledge tending
toward universality, a knowledge for which he can answer from
the beginning, and at each step, by virtue of his own absolute
insights.”
Edmund Husserl

“The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Something similar is still true of the courses followed by manifold intuitions which together make up the unity of one continuous consciousness of one and the same object.”
― Edmund Husserl

“To every object there corresponds an ideally closed system of truths that are true of it and, on the other hand, an ideal system of possible cognitive processes by virtue of which the object and the truths about it would be given to any cognitive subject.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.”
― Edmund Husserl

Inspirational Kitaro Nishida Quotes

Kitaro Nishida (May 19, 1870 – June 7, 1945) was a prominent Japanese philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Kitaro Nishida Quotes.

He was the founder of what has been called the Kyoto School of philosophy.

He graduated from the University of Tokyo during the Meiji period in 1894 with a degree in philosophy.

He was named professor of the Fourth Higher School in Ishikawa Prefecture in 1899 and later became professor of philosophy at Kyoto University.

Nishida retired in 1927. In 1940, he was awarded the Order of Culture . He participated in establishing the Chiba Institute of Technology from 1940. Nishida Kitarō died at the age of 75 of a renal infection.

His grave is at Reiun’in, a temple in the Myōshin-ji compound in Kyoto.

The Kyoto School is the name given to the Japanese philosophical movement centered at Kyoto University that assimilated western philosophy and religious ideas and used them to reformulate religious and moral insights unique to the East Asian cultural tradition.

However, it is also used to describe postwar scholars who have taught at the same university, been influenced by the foundational thinkers of Kyoto school philosophy, and who have developed distinctive theories of Japanese uniqueness.

To disambiguate the term, therefore, thinkers and writers covered by this second sense appear under The Kyoto University Research Centre for the Cultural Sciences.

Beginning roughly in 1913 with Nishida Kitaro, it survived the serious controversy it garnered after World War II to develop into a well-known and active movement.

However, it is not a “school” of philosophy in the traditional sense of the phrase, such as with the Frankfurt School or Plato’s Academy. Instead, the group of academics gathered around Kyoto University as a de facto meeting place. Its founder, Nishida, steadfastly encouraged independent thinking.

Kitaro Nishida Quotes
Kitaro Nishida Quotes

Kitaro Nishida Quotes

“Like any organic entity, a system of consciousness manifests itself through the orderly, differentiated development of a certain unifying reality.”
Kitaro Nishida

“Thinking has its own laws. It functions of its own accord and does not follow our will. To merge with the object of thought – that is, to direct one’s attention to it is voluntary, but I think perception is the same in this respect: we are able to see what we want to see by freely turning our attention to it.”
― Kitaro Nishida

“If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.”
― Kitaro Nishida

Inspirational Rudolf Carnap Quotes

Rudolf Carnap (May 18, 1891 – September 14, 1970) was a German-born philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Rudolf Carnap Quotes.

Carnap was active in Europe before 1935 and in the United States thereafter. He was a major member of the Vienna Circle and an advocate of logical positivism. He is considered “one of the giants among twentieth-century philosophers.”

Rudolf Carnap Quotes
Rudolf Carnap Quotes

Rudolf Carnap Quotes

“Logic is the last scientific ingredient of Philosophy; its extraction leaves behind only a confusion of non-scientific, pseudo problems.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“The self is the class (not the collection) of the experiences (or autopsychological states). The self does not belong to the expression of the basic experience, but is constructed only on a very high level.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Let us be cautious in making assertions and critical in examining them, but tolerant in permitting linguistic forms.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Logic is not concerned with human behavior in the same sense that physiology, psychology, and social sciences are concerned with it.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Science is a system of statements based on direct experience, and controlled by experimental verification. Verification in science is not, however, of single statements but of the entire system or a sub-system of such statements.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Philosophy is to be replaced by the logic of science — that is to say, by the logical analysis of the concepts and sentences of the sciences, for the logic of science is nothing other than the logical syntax of the language of science.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“The function of logical analysis is to analyse all knowledge, all assertions of science and of everyday life, in order to make clear the sense of each such assertion and the connections between them.
― Rudolf Carnap

“One of the principal tasks of the logical analysis of a given proposition is to find out the method of verification for that proposition.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“In science there are no ‘depths’; there is surface everywhere.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“According to this view, the sentences of metaphysics are pseudo-sentences which on logical analysis are proved to be either empty phrases or phrases which violate the rules of syntax.
― Rudolf Carnap

“Of the so-called philosophical problems, the only questions which have any meaning are those of the logic of science. To share this view is to substitute logical syntax for philosophy.”
Rudolf Carnap

“In order to determine whether or not one sentence is a consequence of another, no reference need be made to the meaning of the sentences. The mere statement of the truth-values is certainly too little; but the statement of the meaning is, on the other hand, too much. It is sufficient that the syntactical design of the sentences be given.”
Rudolf Carnap quotes

“For me personally, Wittgenstein was perhaps the philosopher who, besides Russell and Frege, had the greatest influence on my thinking.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“The most important insight I gained from wittgenstein’s work was the conception that the truth of logical statements is based only on their logical structure and on the meaning of the terms.”
― Rudolf Carnap

“Logical statements are true under all conceivable circumstances; thus their truth is independent of the contingent facts of the world. On the other hand, it follows that these statements do not say anything about the world and thus have no factual content.”
― Rudolf Carnap

Inspirational Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

Ludwig Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-British philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes.

His voluminous manuscripts were edited and published posthumously. Philosophical Investigations appeared as a book in 1953, and has since come to be recognized as one of the most important works of philosophy in the twentieth century. His teacher Bertrand Russell described Wittgenstein as “the most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes
Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

Ludwig Wittgenstein Quotes

“A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If people never did silly things nothing intelligent would ever get done.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“How small a thought it takes to fill a life.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“To imagine a language is to imagine a form of life.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Only describe, don’t explain.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The real question of life after death isn’t whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The world of the happy is quite different from that of the unhappy.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

“The face is the soul of the body.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

“At the core of all well-founded belief lies belief that is unfounded.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I act with complete certainty. But this certainty is my own.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again ‘I know that that’s a tree’, pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: ‘This fellow isn’t insane. We are only doing philosophy.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“We feel that even if all possible scientific questions be answered, the problems of life have still not been touched at all.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What can be shown, cannot be said.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I am my world.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If you and I are to live religious lives, it mustn’t be that we talk a lot about religion, but that our manner of life is different. It is my belief that only if you try to be helpful to other people will you in the end find your way to God.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The eternal life is given to those who live in the present.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

“Philosophers are often like little children, who first scribble random lines on a piece of paper with their pencils, and now ask an adult ‘What is that?”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“We are asleep. Our Life is a dream. But we wake up sometimes, just enough to know that we are dreaming.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Hell isn’t other people. Hell is yourself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“You can’t think decently if you’re not willing to hurt yourself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Don’t for heaven’s sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“What is troubling us is the tendency to believe that the mind is like a little man within.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards; as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“When you are philosophizing you have to descend into primeval chaos and feel at home there.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“When we can’t think for ourselves, we can always quote.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“If anyone is unwilling to descend into himself, because this is too painful, he will remain superficial in his writing. If I perform to myself, then it’s this that the style expresses. And then the style cannot be my own. If you are unwilling to know what you are, your writing is a form of deceit.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“This sort of thing has got to be stopped. Bad philosophers are like slum landlords. It’s my job to put them out of business.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein quotes

“The problems are solved, not by giving new information, but by arranging what we have known since long.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

“It is a dogma of the Roman Church that the existence of God can be proved by natural reason. Now this dogma would make it impossible for me to be a Roman Catholic. If I thought of God as another being like myself, outside myself, only infinitely more powerful, then I would regard it as my duty to defy him.”
― Ludwig Wittgenstein

Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes

Annelies Frank (12 June 1929 – February or March 1945) was a German-born diarist and writer. This post features some Inspirational Anne Frank Quotes.

One of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, she gained fame posthumously following the publication of her diary, The Diary of a Young Girl (originally Het Achterhuis; English: The Secret Annex), which documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is one of the world’s most widely known books and has been the basis for several plays and films.

Frank’s father, Otto, the only survivor of the family, returned to Amsterdam after the war to find that her diary had been saved by one of the helpers, Miep Gies, and his efforts led to its publication in 1947. It was translated from its original Dutch version and first published in English in 1952 as The Diary of a Young Girl, and has since been translated into over 60 languages.

Anne Frank Quotes
Anne Frank Quotes

Anne Frank Quotes

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
― Anne Frank

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
― Anne Frank

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.”
― Anne Frank

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
― Anne Frank

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
― Anne Frank

“I think a lot, but I don’t say much.”
― Anne Frank

“In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit.”
― Anne Frank

“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
― Anne Frank

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank

“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
― Anne Frank

“A quiet conscience makes one strong!”
― Anne Frank

“People can tell you to keep your mouth shut, but that doesn’t stop you from having your own opinion.”
― Anne Frank

“Where there’s hope, there’s life. It fills us with fresh courage and makes us strong again.”
― Anne Frank

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
― Anne Frank

“But feelings can’t be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem.”
Anne Frank quotes

“Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.”
― Anne Frank

“I’ve found that there is always some beauty left — in nature, sunshine, freedom, in yourself; these can all help you.”
― Anne Frank

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.”
― Anne Frank

“Look at how a single candle can both defy and define the darkness.”
Anne Frank

“Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness.”
― Anne Frank

“In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
― Anne Frank

“Because paper has more patience than people.”
― Anne Frank

“Sympathy, Love, Fortune… We all have these qualities but still tend to not use them!”
― Anne Frank

“The weak fall, but the strong will remain and never go under!”
― Anne Frank

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”
― Anne Frank

“I love you, with a love so great that it simply couldn’t keep growing inside my heart, but had to leap out and reveal itself in all its magnitude.”
― Anne Frank

“You can be lonely even when you are loved by many people, since you are still not anybody’s one and only.”
Anne Frank quotes

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank

“I know what I want, I have a goal, an opinion, I have a religion and love. Let me be myself and then I am satisfied. I know that I’m a woman, a woman with inward strength and plenty of courage.”
― Anne Frank

“Although I’m only fourteen, I know quite well what I want, I know who is right and who is wrong. I have my opinions, my own ideas and principles, and although it may sound pretty mad from an adolescent, I feel more of a person than a child, I feel quite independent of anyone.”
― Anne Frank

“Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
― Anne Frank

“Sometimes I believe that God wants to try me, both now and later on; I must become good through my own efforts, without examples and without good advice.”
― Anne Frank

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