“Astonishment is the root of philosophy.”
“As our circle of knowledge expands, so does the circumference of darkness surrounding it.”
“a new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
Doubt is not the opposite of faith; it is one element of faith.
– Paul Tillich
It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
– Arnold Toynbee
If that is the case, then I request of the universe: three men.
Maybe now I’ll get one?
I recognize that is not the significance of this quote, but how could I resist?
I got this quote from an older gentleman, and at one level, it seems like a cheap quote. But the beating heart of it is so good.
“A trouble shared is but half a care, a joy shared is a joy doubled.”
As I’ve navigated pain, this gentlemen, and his wife (both in pain), have loved me. So his words and ideas mean a lot! Even the cheap quotes, soaked in truth.
I actually read this in relation to user experience design. But, being philosophical, its truth transcends, and I really appreciated it.
“To understand the whole of a book it is necessary to grasp its individual words and sentences, but those words and sentences only have meaning within the larger context of the book, hence interpretation must be a matter of constant revision: revising one’s sense of the whole as one grasps the individual parts, and revising one’s sense of the parts as the meaning of the whole emerges.” -Paul Kidder – Professor of Philosophy in Gadamer for Architects