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We shall surely die…

…from the quills of the dead white poets William Ernest Henley 1849 -1903 We shall surely die: Must we needs grow old? Grow old and cold, And we know not why? O, the By-and-By, And the tale that’s told! We … Continue reading

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The Break

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Again we are coming to the time of the year when the heavy responsibility of saving the world for … for what? See you in August.

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QUOTE XXV

Thomas Carlyle (1795 – 1881 ) – “Battles, in these ages, are transacted by mechanism; with the slightest possible development of human individuality or spontaneity: men now die, and kill another, in an artificial manner. Battles ever since Homer’s time, … Continue reading

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G K Chesterton – Quote 24

QUOTE XXIV Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936 ) –   We must not hate humanity, or despise humanity, or refuse to help humanity; but we must not trust humanity; in the sense of trusting a trend in human nature … Continue reading

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Perspektiva

…from the quills of the dead white poets František Gellner (1881 -1914) Má milá rozmilá, neplakej! Život už není jinakej. Dnes buďme ještě veselí na naší bílé posteli! Zejtra, co zejtra! Kdožpak ví, Zejtra si lehneme do rakví.

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Live Well and Prosper (a New Year Resolution)

Milan Skarka The French diplomat Talleyrand (1754–1838) has been credited with the saying La vengeance est un mets que l’on doit manger froid. [Revenge is a dish that should be eaten cold.], albeit without supporting detail. Well, there are a … Continue reading

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When I Read the Book

…from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) When I read the book, the biography famous, And is this then (said I) what the author calls a man’s life? (As if any man really knew … Continue reading

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The Base of All Metaphysics

…from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)   And now gentlemen, A word I give to remain in your memories and minds, As base and finalè too for all metaphysics. (So to the students … Continue reading

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Adieu to a Soldier

…from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892)   Adieu to a Soldier, You of the rude campaigning, (which we shared,) The rapid march, the life of camp, The hot contention of opposing fronts, the … Continue reading

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Quote 23 de Tocqueville

  QUOTE XXIII Alexis de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859 ) –   What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to … Continue reading

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Nietzsche Quote XXI

 QUOTE XXI Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 – 1900 ) –   My conception of genius. Great men, like great ages, are explosives in which a tremendous force is stored up; their precondition is always, historically and physiologically, that for a long … Continue reading

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Quote XVIII – David Hume

  David HUME (1711 -1776 ) –   Nothing is more surprising to those, who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than to see the easiness with which the many are governed by the few; and to observe the … Continue reading

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Aquinas quote

  QUOTE XVII Thomas Aquinas (1225 -1274 ) – “The name of being wise is reserved to him alone whose consideration is about the end of the universe, which end is also the beginning of the universe.” Summa contra Gentiles, … Continue reading

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Symbolic

  from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger   If The New Scientist (05-10-13) is to be believed, we are not to became the planet of the apes, as Hollywood would like us to believe or apathetic morons, as most … Continue reading

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Odtamtud

Max Kašparů je spisovatel, premonstrátský diákon, psychiatr, esperantista a autor dvaceti esejistických knih přeložených i do polštiny, italštiny a francouzštiny:  Co se stalo s naší dobou?   Každý student lékařství je už od prvního ročníku studia veden svými profesory k … Continue reading

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Quote Mencken XVI

  QUOTE XVI   H.L.Mencken (1880 -1956 ) –  Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This … Continue reading

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Quote XV – Aquinas

QUOTE XV Thomas Aquinas (1225 -1274 ) – “Essence or nature includes only what defines the species of a thing: thus human nature includes only what defines man, or what makes man man. Now the species of a thing is … Continue reading

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Quote XIV Kant

Immanuel Kant (1724 -1804) – “The science of Natural Philosophy (Physics) contains in itself synthetical judgments a priori, as principles. I shall adduce two propositions. For instance, the proposition, “in all changes of the material world, the quantity of matter … Continue reading

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Quote XIII Spinoza

  Baruch Spinoza, later Benedict de Spinoza (1632 -1677) – “Anything that exists in Nature, which we judge to be evil or able to hinder us from existing and enjoying a rational life, we are allowed to remove from us … Continue reading

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Quote X Burke

  Edmund Burke (1729-1797) – “In a state of rude Nature there is no such thing as a people. A number of men in themselves have no collective capacity. The idea of a people is the idea of a corporation. … Continue reading

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