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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

Inspirational Aldous Huxley Quotes

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Aldous Huxley Quotes.

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian London; for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception, which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug; and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry and published short stories and poetry.

By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.

Aldous Huxley Quotes
Aldous Huxley Quotes

Aldous Huxley Quotes

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.”
― Aldous Huxley

“No social stability without individual stability.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I want to know what passion is. I want to feel something strongly.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
Aldous Huxley

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Every man’s memory is his private literature.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
― Aldous Huxley

“That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I am I, and I wish I weren’t.”
― Aldous Huxley

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”
― Aldous Huxley

“One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them.”
― Aldous Huxley

“If one’s different, one’s bound to be lonely.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.”
― Aldous Huxley

“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
― Aldous Huxley

“All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.”
― Aldous Huxley

“An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex.”
― Aldous Huxley

“For in spite of language, in spite of intelligence and intuition and sympathy, one can never really communicate anything to anybody.”
― Aldous Huxley

“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”
― Aldous Huxley

“I like being myself. Myself and nasty.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Most men and women will grow up to love their servitude and will never dream of revolution.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Ironically enough, the only people who can hold up indefinitely under the stress of modern war are psychotics. Individual insanity is immune to the consequences of collective insanity.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Man is so intelligent that he feels impelled to invent theories to account for what happens in the world. Unfortunately, he is not quite intelligent enough, in most cases, to find correct explanations. So that when he acts on his theories, he behaves very often like a lunatic.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn’t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.”
― Aldous Huxley

“We live together, we act on, and react to, one another; but always and in all circumstances we are by ourselves. The martyrs go hand in hand into the arena; they are crucified alone.”
― Aldous Huxley

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…”
― Aldous Huxley

“Every man with a little leisure and enough money for railway tickets, every man, indeed, who knows how to read, has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.”
― Aldous Huxley

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude.”
Aldous Huxley quotes

“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence—those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The real hopeless victims of mental illness are to be found among those who appear to be most normal. “Many of them are normal because they are so well adjusted to our mode of existence, because their human voice has been silenced so early in their lives, that they do not even struggle or suffer or develop symptoms as the neurotic does.”
― Aldous Huxley

“The surest way to work up a crusade in favor of some good cause is to promise people they will have a chance of maltreating someone. To be able to destroy with good conscience, to be able to behave badly and call your bad behavior ‘righteous indignation’ — this is the height of psychological luxury, the most delicious of moral treats.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Deprived of their newspapers or a novel, reading-addicts will fall back onto cookery books, on the literature which is wrapped around bottles of patent medicine, on those instructions for keeping the contents crisp which are printed on the outside of boxes of breakfast cereals. On anything.”
― Aldous Huxley

“Chronic remorse, as all the moralists are agreed, is a most undesirable sentiment. If you have behaved badly, repent, make what amends you can and address yourself to the task of behaving better next time. On no account brood over your wrongdoing. Rolling in the muck is not the best way of getting clean.”
― Aldous Huxley

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