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In principle I am against principles. - Tristan Tzara

Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. - Karl Marx

God loves everyone in the world who doesn't love himself. Does God love God? - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I'm still an atheist, thank God. - Luis Buñuel

No light, but rather darkness visible. - Milton

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? - Bertolt Brecht

My reputation grows with every failure. - George Bernard Shaw

A sadist is someone who is kind to a masochist.

The hour which gives us life begins to take it away. - Seneca

Who shall stand guard to the guards themselves? - Juvenal

Living means dying. - Frederick Engels

All modern thought is permeated by the idea of thinking the unthinkable. - Michel Foucault

It is in changing that things find repose. - Heraclitus

When Po-chang was asked about seeking for the Buddha nature: "It's much like riding an ox in search of the ox."

He spent his last shilling on a purse.

The book above all others in the world that should be banned is a catalogue of forbidden books. - Lichtenberg

A solipsist is like the man who gave up turning round because whatever he saw was always in front of him. - Ernst Mach

A banker will lend you money only if you can prove you don't need it.

A child, when it begins to speak, learns what it is that it knows. - John Hall Wheelock

If the rich could hire the poor to die for them, the poor could make a wonderful living. - Yiddish proverb

You get the best view of Paris from the Eiffel Tower, because you can't see the Eiffel Tower from there.

No man who needs a monument ever ought to have one. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing on. - Heraclitus

You cannot step into the same river once. - Cratylus

The supreme triumph of reason is to cast doubt upon its own validity. - Miguel de Unamuno

The superfluous, a very necessary thing. - Voltaire

Only the ephemeral is of lasting value. - Eugene Ionesco

Prophecy is many times the principal cause of the events foretold. - Thomas Hobbes

Another victory like that and we are done for. - Pyrrhus

He who despises himself nevertheless esteems himself as a self-despiser. - Friedrich Nietzsche

In a philosophical argument, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most. - Epicurus

Boredom - the desire for desires. - Leo Tolstoy

The man who fears suffering is already suffering what he fears. - Michel de Montaigne

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. - Oscar Wilde

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. - John Stuart Mill

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow. - Oscar Wilde

I'm saying nothing and I'm saying it. - John Cage

Nothing is enough for the man for whom enough is too little. - Epicurus

There is nothing like worrying about the bowels opening to stop them opening. - Dr Clark Kennedy

Bad is never good until worse happens. - Danish proverb

Art lies in concealing art.

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth. - Pablo Picasso

To Wilde, a book on Italian literature showed a "want of knowledge that must be the result of years of study."

What then in the last resort are the truths of mankind? - They are the irrefutable errors of mankind. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Consciousness is that which it is not, and is not that which it is. - Jean-Paul Sartre

If I don't know I don't know, I think I know. If I don't know I know, I think I don't know. - R. D. Lang

If you think you're free, there's no escape possible. - Ram Dass

It was always thus; and even if 'twere not, 'twould inevitably have been always otherwise. - Dean Lattimer

Much that is inexpressible would be hardly worth expressing, if one could express if. - Lichtenberg

It is as if I were attempting to trace with the point of a pencil the shadow of the tracing paper. - Nathanael West

Include me out. - Sam Goldwyn

Abstainer - a weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure. - Ambrose Bierce

The little I know, I owe to my ignorance. - Sacha Guitry


Source: Vicious Circles And Infinity, by Patrick Hughes and George Brecht

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