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heavy hitters

  • paul karl feyerabend (1924–1994)
    • “theory-neutral frameworks of observation do not exist”
    • “competing scientific theories are incommensurable”
    • “not only are facts and theories in constant disharmony, they are never as neatly separated as everyone makes them out to be”
  • david hume (1711–1776)
    • “be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man”
    • “it is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once”
    • “a wise man proportions his beliefs to the evidence”
  • willard van orman quine (1908–2000)
    • “to be is to be the value of a bound variable”
    • “it is one of the consolations of philosophy that the benefit of showing how to dispense with a concept does not hinge on dispensing with it”
    • “‘yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation’ yields falsehood when preceded by its quotation”
  • plato (424/423 bce–348/347 bce)
    • “the safest general characterization of the european philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to plato” (whitehead)
    • “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”
    • “death is not the worst that can happen to men”
    • “there are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain”
  • pierre elliot trudeau (1919–2000)
    • “i will use all my strength to bring about a just society to a nation living in a tough world”
    • “the past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. it is our future in which we will find our greatness.”
    • “the essential ingredient of politics is timing”
    • “let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. or better, let us consider them cancelled. coldly, let us be intelligent”

to soothe the savage breast…

  • bob dylan (1941–)
    • “you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”
    • “he not busy being born is busy dying”
    • “people don’t do what they believe in, they just do what’s most convenient, then they repent”
  • cecilia bartoli (1966–)
    • “what I want to do is give people moments of beauty, of happiness”
    • “i am a person of the 18th century”
  • tom waits (1949–)
    • “the large print giveth, and the small print taketh away”
    • “the earth is not my home, I'm just passing by”
    • “in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”
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