// Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we'd be too simple to understand it.

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.

What this primordial ground of the unity of the world may be in itself, we should not profess to have thereby decided, but only how we should use it, or rather its idea, in relation to the systematic employment of reason in respect of the things of the world.

(Critique of Pure Reason)

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.

Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations.

(Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 4.112)

A non-stationary 'time' cannot be 'grasped' and a stationary 'time' which can be grasped does not exist. How, then can one perceive time if it is not 'grasped'?

— Nagarjuna

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy - I mean that if you are happy you will be good.

Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?

— Chuang Tzu