// Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

It is not 'history' which uses men as a means of achieving—as if it were an individual person—its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends.

— Karl Marx

For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. / The riddle does not exist. / If a question can be put at all, then it can also be answered.

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

— Mark Twain

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

The strife of the opposites gives birth to all that comes-to-be; the definite qualities which look permanent to us express but the momentary ascendancy of one partner.

If you have built castles in the air your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.

'Are you in an aircraft about to crash?' they ask. 'Don't worry, there are other worlds in which the quantum fluctuations have gone along a different path which will prevent the crash. Those carbon copies of yourself which inhabit those worlds will live on.'

Ordinary harps play under any fingers, Aeolian harps only when struck by the storm.

Karl Marx

People start short at natural laws as at something unassailable, as did the ancients at God and Fate. / And they both are right and wrong. But the ancients were clearer, in so far as they recognized one clear terminus, whereas the modern system makes it appear as though everything were explained.