Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.
The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. The one that gives philosophy peace so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Nowadays it is the fashion to emphasize the horrors of the last war. I didn’t find it so horrible. There are just as horrible things happening all round us today if only we had eyes to see them.
Not every religion has to have St. Augustine’s attitude to sex. Why even in our culture marriages are celebrated in a church everyone present knows what is going to happen that night but that doesn’t prevent it being a religious ceremony.
Man has to awaken to wonder – and so perhaps do peoples. Science is a way of sending him to sleep again.
Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.
It seems to me that in every culture I come across a chapter headed ‘Wisdom.’ And then I know exactly what is going to follow: ‘Vanity of vanities all is vanity.’
It is so characteristic that just when the mechanics of reproduction are so vastly improved there are fewer and fewer people who know how the music should be played.