Of Changing the World

"We can only change the world by changing man." -- Persian aphorism                           

Of Knowledge

"What is the proof that I know something?  Most certainly not my saying I know it!" -- Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951, Austrian-born    British philosopher)                         

Of the Human Body

"The human body is the best picture of the human soul." -- Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein (1889 – 1951, Austrian-born    British philosopher)                          

Of Nietzsche's Slave Morality

"Slave morality is the name given by Nietzsche to the system of thought (a) that controls and convinces the oppressed, suppressed (defeated, downtrodden) that they are in actuality better off and superior to those who are oppressing them;...

Of Love

"No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved." -- Mignon McLaughlin (1913 - 1983, American journalist and author)                               

Of Friendship and Money

"Friendship is like money, easier made than kept." -- Samuel Butler (1835 – 1902, "Samuel Butler II", Victorian-era    English novelist)                                 

Of Attachments

"One must not become attached to animals: they do not last long enough.  Or to men: they last too long." -- Anonymous                                                 

Of Joy and Friendship

"Shared joys make a friend, not shared sufferings." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                                 

Of Virtue

"Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art." -- Seneca the Younger (Lucius Annaeus Seneca, ca. 4 BC – AD 65,    Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist)                                             

Of Nature and Consequence

"In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences." -- Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899, Civil War veteran, American    political leader, and orator)                                                  

Of Error

"The beginning of error may be, and mostly is, from private persons, but the maintainer and continuer of error is the multitude." -- Sir James Hales (c. 1500–1554, English judge)                                                

Of Tyrants and Mobs

"The tyrant and the mob, the grandfather and the grandchild, are natural allies." -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860, German philosopher)                                    

Of Scoundrels

"Scoundrels are always sociable." -- Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860, German philosopher)                             The

Of Gifts and Rights

"People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours.  The inference is false: a gift confers no rights." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                              

Of Popularity

"Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will are no." -- George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax (1633 – 1695, English    statesman, writer, and politician) ...

The Cultivated Mind

"Between cultivated minds the first interview is the best." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882, American Transcendentalist    essayist, lecturer, and poet)                                       

Of Blundering and Lying

"If I blunder, everyone can notice it; not so, if I lie." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet and    dramatist)                                                       

Of Errors and Truths

"Great men's errors are to be venerated as more fruitful than little men's truths." -- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)                        

Of Hypocrisy and Pleasures

"No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures." -- Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784, "Dr. Johnson", English poet, essayist,    Off moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer)                                                

The Uncivilized and Uncultured Person

"The eyes and ears are bad witnesses for men if they have barbarous souls." -- Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE, pre-Socratic Greek philosopher)                      

The Stateless Society

"Stateless society is a term developed by political anthropologists which draws attention to the fact that 'the state' has not always been present in human societies.  Hunter-gatherer societies founded on the basis of kinship exhibited...

Of Society

"The English word 'society' can be stretched or narrowed to cover almost any form of association of persons possessing any degree of common interests, values, or goals.  'Society' in the 19th century meant the upper classes; one might now...

Of Beauty

"Beauty is a brief gasp between one cliché and another." --Ezra Pound (1885-1972, United States, expatriate poet)                 

Of Conscience

"Conscience is, in most men, an anticipation of the opinion of others." -- Henry Taylor (1800-1886, United Kingdom, poet and playwright)                                                   

From Political Economy to Economics

"According to economists whose theories currently prevail in America, economics has replaced political economy, and economics deals with scarcity, prices, and resource allocation.  In the definition of Paul Samuelson, 'economics -- or...