One must know that war is common, justice is strife, and everything happens according to strife and necessity.
Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have the uncultured souls.
It is impossible to step into the same river twice.
The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle.
Men who are lovers of wisdom [i.e., philosophers] must be inquirers into many things.
Wisdom is one thing, to know how to make true judgment, how all things are steered through all things.
Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire.
Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it.
Listening not to me but to reason [logos], it is wise to agree that all is one.
A man’s character is his fate.
Coleridge observes that all men are born Aristotelians or Platonists. The latter feel that classes, orders, and genres are realiti es; the former, that they are generalizations. For the latter, language is nothing but an approximative set of symbols; for the former, it is the map of the universe. The Platonist knows that the universe is somehow a cosmos, an order; that order, for the Aristotelian, can be an error or a fiction of our partial knowledge. Across the latitudes and the epochs, the two immortal antagonists change their name and language: one is Parmenides, Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Francis Bradley; the other, Heraclitus, Aristotle, Locke, Hume, William James.
–Jorge Luis Borges
“Mensch werden ist eine kunst” – Herman Hesse
To become a human being is an art.
Art – the ultimate self-fulfillment connects with a profound, essential feeling associated with “home”. Home was something intangible that was linked to aesthetic intuition and nurturing materialism, but was unique to each individual. It was both a return and a moving forward at the same time, and it could be attained only through art, through the artful formation of the self.