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Wesleyan University Philippines

Mabini St. Extension, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
College of Business and Accountancy
Eldie E. Padilla

Quotations from Famous Philosophers


Immanuel Kant
“Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.”
“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.”
“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”
“The death of dogma is the birth of morality.”
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.”
“One who makes himself a worm cannot complain afterwards if people step on him.”
“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”
“Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law.”
“I had therefore to remove knowledge, in order to make room for belief.”
“But only he who, himself enlightened is not afraid of shadows.”


Niccolo Machiavelli
“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”
“It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.”
“I'm not interested in preserving the status quo; I want to overthrow it.”
“There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.”
“The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.”
“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”
“It is double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.”
“Never was anything great achieved without danger.”
“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
“The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.”


Jeremy Bentham
“The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.”
“Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.”
“Stretching his hand up to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet.”
“Every law is an infraction of liberty.”
“Reputation is the road to power”
“Tyranny and anarchy are never far apart.”
“Happiness is a very pretty thing to feel, but very dry to talk about.”
“The quantity of pleasure being equal, push-pin is as good as poetry.”
“...the rarest of all human qualities is consistency.”
“It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong.”

4. John Stuart Mill
 “All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.”

” 5. poor.”  “It is questionable if all the mechanical inventions yet made have lightened the day's toil of any human being.” “I cannot teach anybody anything. but to learn.” “There is only one good. brutish. and. not by the desire to beat others.” “Never think of pain or danger or enemies a moment longer than is necessary to fight them.”       Ayn Rand “Learn to value yourself.” . the thing to do is not to get scared. than absolution.”  “Conservatives are not necessarily stupid.): To ask nothing.”  “Pleasure and freedom from pain.” “Freedom (n. it is true that most stupid people are conservative.”  “One person with a belief is equal to ninety-nine who have only interests. knowledge. no society.     Thomas Hobbes “Words are the counters of wise men. then the last remedy of all is war. are but words and of no strength to secure a man at all. but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. which provided for every man. cannot value anything or anyone.” “What is the heart but a spring. than to excuse. and short. continual fear and danger of violent death.” “The truth is not for all men but only for those who seek it. which means: fight for your happiness. It's the sudden stop at the end. so also the conscience may be erroneous. To expect nothing.” “For to accuse requires less eloquence.” “You can avoid reality. without the sword. but not the ugliest of things.” 7. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. by victory or death. ignorance. and which is worst of all. why do they always carry arms and why do they have keys to lock their doors?” “It's not the pace of life I mind.” “The man who does not value himself.”  “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires.” “Leisure is the mother of Philosophy. nasty. more resembles justice. and the nerves but so many strings. and condemnation.” “When the entire world is overcharged with inhabitants. rather than in attempting to satisfy them.” “If you don't know. and one evil. I can only make them think” “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” “The smallest minority on earth is the individual. but most stupid people are conservatives. as the judgment. and the money of fools.”  “The disease which inflicts bureaucracy and what they usually die from is routine.     Socrates “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” “No arts. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. and the joints but so many wheels.”  “The liberty of the individual must be thus far limited.” “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve. are the only things desirable as ends. he must not make himself a nuisance to other people. “Although it is not true that all conservatives are stupid people.”  “War is an ugly thing.” “If men are naturally in a state of war. no letters.” “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.           6. and the life of man solitary.” “A man's conscience and his judgment is the same thing. To depend on nothing. such is man's nature. giving motion to the whole body?” “Covenants.

”  “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”  “There is a kink in my damned brain that prevents me from thinking as other people think. everyone becomes a poet.”  “The heaviest penalty for declining to rule is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”  “Chance is First. incomplete. William James  “Action may not always bring happiness. you see.”  “Let us not pretend to doubt in philosophy what we do not doubt in our hearts. for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. not the filling of a vessel.”  “Act as if what you do makes a difference. continue firm and constant.“Be kind.”  “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. and this fact is the foundation of the practical side of logic.”  “Wise men speak because they have something to say.  “My language is the sum total of myself.”  “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”  “To know what we think. you’ll become a philosopher. but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”  “The secret of happiness. will make a solid foundation for great and weighty thought. but direct them to it by what amuses their minds. and weak minds discuss people. if you get a bad one.”      8. Matter is Second. but there is no happiness without action. and that to avoid looking into the support of any belief from a fear that it may turn out rotten is quite as immoral as it is disadvantageous. and have the leisure to give his results to the world.”  May some future student go over this ground again. to be masters of our own meaning. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover.”  “Let it be considered that what is more wholesome than any particular belief is integrity of belief. and the tendency to take habits is Third. you’ll become happy. if you get a good wife.” “Strong minds discuss ideas.” “Education is the kindling of a flame. and Evolution is Third. It does.” 10. ”  “The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook. flight to the imagination and life to everything. Plato  “Be kind. Law is Second.”  “The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human can alter his life by altering his attitude. for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness.” “Be slow to fall into friendship.” 9.”  Unless man has a natural bent in accordance with natures. average minds discuss events. until another heart whispers back. so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”  “A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. Mind is First.”  “Every heart sings a song. is not found in seeking more.”  Bad reasoning as well as good reasoning is possible.”  “Music gives a soul to the universe. he has no chance of understanding nature at all. fools because they have to say something.” .” “By all means marry. Charles Sanders Peirce  “Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.”  “Love is a serious mental disease. but when you are in. wings to the mind.

”  “To me faith means not worrying.”  “Love follows knowledge.”  “Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason. deserve your love and affection”  “If your compassion does not include yourself. of mystery. separate on the surface but connected in the deep. John Dewey  “Education is not preparation for life.”  “Wonder is the desire of knowledge. as much as anybody in the entire universe. no explanation is necessary. Thomas Aquinas  “Beware the man of a single book.”  “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep.”  “Time and memory are true artists. you will be punished by your anger. it is incomplete.”  “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” “The great use of a life is to spend for something that outlasts it.”  “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another. they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire.Siddharta Gautama  “Pain is certain.” “Be not afraid of life.”  “Peace comes from within. seldom deny.” 12.”  “Three things cannot hide for long: the Moon. no explanation is possible.” 11.”  “To one who has faith.”  “Rarely affirm.”  “Failure is instructive. suffering is optional.”  “You only lose what you cling to. we learn from reflecting on experience.”  “You will not be punished for your anger.”  “We only think when confronted with a problem.”  “Man lives in a world of surmise. a bath and a glass of wine” 13. Miriam Defensor-Santiago . you could never hurt another.”  “We do not learn from experience. Do not seek it without. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. education is life itself.” 14. of uncertainties.”  “The things that we love tell us what we are. the Sun and the Truth.”  “Every morning we are born again.     “The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Believe that life is worth living.” “We are like islands in the sea.”  “If you truly loved yourself.”  “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”  “The happy man in this life needs friends.. and your belief will help create the fact. St.”  “There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path. What we do today is what matters most. but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”  “You yourself.” “As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.”  “The self is not something ready-made. and always distinguish.. To one without faith.

I would rather be in another environment but not in the Supreme Court of idiots. I am no longer interested in the position if I was to be surrounded by idiots. Nereo Joaquin when he criticized her in a privilege speech for effecting the arrest of foreign pedophiles in his district.  “I am surrounded by idiots”—Santiago’s description of the members of Commission on Appointments which was accidentally overheard. lumiliit ang balls mo.”—Santiago’s reaction after being bypassed for the post of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court . I feel like throwing up to be living my middle years in a country of this nature. You have the obligation to show respect and courtesy to me. I am foaming in the mouth.”—Santiago telling alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Napoles to name names. Instead. I am suicidal.  “Tatalon ako sa eroplano pag naaresto si Erap. Eh. Now shut up. I am humiliated.” and “I lied. kung hahamunin ko na lang siya ng suntukan?”— Santiago challenging Joaquin to a fistfight. but my opponents are certifiable idiots. And I am not only that. degraded. I am nauseated. and her response afterwards after he was arrested. ayaw niyang makinig.  “I am not angry. I am irate. those in mid-level positions play bowling. I remind you that as the Commissioner of Immigration and Deportation.  “Kapag tumataas ang posisyon mo sa gobyerno.  “Pinaliwanag ko na. I represent the majesty of the Republic of the Philippines. then Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation. debased.  “In the spirit of Holy Week. I am homicidal.”—Santiago in her presidential campaign speech.  “I may not be a genius. calling former Rep. or I’ll knock your teeth off!”—Santiago telling an arrested foreigner to shut up when he interrupted her during a press conference. which is approaching. “Fungus Face!”—Santiago.”—Santiago’s conclusion after observing that low-level government employees play basketball.  “Sir. I challenge him to take an IQ test with me in UP!”—Another challenge to Joaquin.  “Tell the truth before the senators affected have you assassinated. I spit on the face of Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban and his cohorts in the Supreme Court. and high-ranking officials play golf. I amend my previous offer to fight.”—Santiago’s assertion that former President Joseph Estrada would never be arrested.