Posts in Philosophy
Wish I'd said that - May 21, 2019

“The most basic form of human stupidity is forgetting what we are trying to accomplish.”

Friedrich Nietzsche ( {BTW I have found this in various forms including “common” rather than “basic” - it’s apparently from Human, All Too Human but I couldn’t track down the German original]

Wish I'd said that - May 13, 2019

“Laugh, and the world laughs with you;/ Weep, and you weep alone;/ For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,/ But has trouble enough of its own…. There is room in the halls of pleasure/ For a large and lordly train,/ But one by one we must all file on/ Through the narrow aisles of pain.”

Ella Wheeler Wilcox, “Solitude,” in William Bennett The Book of Virtues [beginning and end of the poem]

Wish I'd said that - May 5, 2019

“It is certainly one of the things that we can’t not know that no one may deliberately take innocent human life. The more particular doctrine of man as the created image of God seems unknown beyond the bible’s sphere of influence; it is not one of the things we can’t not know. Some intuition of the sacredness of human life is universal nonetheless…”

J. Budziszewski What We Can’t Not Know

Wish I'd said that - April 24, 2019

“Some apparent advantages followed for a season from a rule which had its origin in a violent and perfidious usurpation, and which was upheld by all the arts of moral corruption, political enervation, and military repression. The advantages lasted long enough to create in this country a steady and powerful opinion that Napoleon the Third's early crime was redeemed by the seeming prosperity which followed. Not often in history has the great truth that ‘morality is the nature of things’ received corroboration so prompt and timely.”

John Morley On Compromise