Some More Favorite Quotes

A year ago today, I shared with you my favorite quotations and sayings. Here are more:

“One repays a teacher badly if one always remains nothing but a pupil.” Nietzsche

“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Nietzsche

“You were taught that sex is the most degrading, depraved, disgusting, disturbing, nasty, noxious, filthy, foul, venal, evil, sinful and just plain wrong thing in this plane of existence, and you should only share it with the person you love most?” Tales of Mu

“I am still my teenage self. If you think that we all step through a door marked Adult, or that we sign a Grown-Up Document, you’re quite wrong. We remain as we always were, and that, alas, is one of life’s many nasty tricks.” Morrissey

“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.” Pablo Picasso

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.” Rita Mae Brown

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” Schopenhauer

“Politics is the entertainment division of the military industrial complex.” Frank Zappa

“I have several pet peeves, with a few feral peeves living under the house, I’m sure.” Ray Whiting

“Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.” Lord Byron

“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen

“Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn’t the work he is supposed to be doing at that moment.” Robert Benchley

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault

“Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science in tact.” Carl Sagan

“I beg leave to assure my honored readers that most of the incidents are taken from real life, and that the oddest are the truest; for no person, no matter how vivid an imagination he may have, can invent anything half so droll as the freaks and fancies that originate in the lively brains of little people.” Louisa May Alcott

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good, and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own- not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me with ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions.” Marcus Aurelius

“I did not need her when I did not have her. But she has entered my life as a nail enters a block of wood, simultaneously creating a hole and filling it. Remove the nail, and the hole remains. Love completes unhappy people, but uncompletes happy people, because love means we can no longer be happy alone.” Brian Jay Stanley

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life…You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should be just friends’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.” Neil Gaiman

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

“Tell someone you love them today, because life is short. But shout it at them in German, because life is also terrifying and confusing.”

“It’s better to have loved and lost than to live with a psycho for the rest of your life.”

“Expectations are premeditated disappointments.”

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Machintelligence

    Great list. I’d like to add: “Against stupidity even the Gods strive in vain.” Schiller

  • Nox

    “Man is something that shall be overcome. What have you done to overcome him?”

  • TrickQuestion

    “Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree. There is
    the constant desire to find out where – where is the point where it all
    began. But much, much later than that the Discworld was formed.
    Drifting onwards through space…atop four elephants on the shell of a
    giant turtle, the great A’Tuin. It was some time after its creation when
    most people forgot that the very oldest stories of the beginning are
    sooner or later about blood. At least that’s one theory. The
    philosopher Didactylos suggested an alternative hypothesis: ‘things just
    happen, what the hell’.” Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

  • John Kruger

    So how does one say “I love you” in German?

    • BadKitty

      “ICH LIEBE DICH!”


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