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Preface
Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;
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Know yourself!

NameThe Oracle Delphi
Life600 BC
CountryGreece
CategoryWisdom
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Imprinted on marble, these words could be read on the Temple of Apollo in Delphi. Close by was the stone that the old Greeks believed marked the center - the navel - of the world, terrae umbilicus, as the Romans said. This piece of advice - "know yourself" - is at the center of Western wisdom. Today, the new biological knowledge permits us, better than ever, to do so. Animals do not know themselves. They simply exist, chasing food and sex. Among all the animals, only the chimpanzee can recognize himself in a mirror. But he is almost human; 98 out of 100 of his buildingblocks, his DNA-segments, are identical to ours. Know yourself! This is the wisest council mankind ever got. But do we follow it? Or do we, too, put it off for another chase after food, women or careers? Look, for instance, at businessmen, scientists, politicians, "IT-nerds" or at common people. They seem to reason like this: We must earn a little more money, make another deal, even another million dollars, before we look into the mirror and ask: "Why?" Aren't we tempted to make one more experiment, one more innovation, one more scientific advance, before we ask: "Why do I do it and what does it lead to?" Aren't we forced to make one more promise or one more appealing statement in order to gain one more vote and win one more election, before we have time to scrutinize the likely long-term
effects of our short-term gains? And, my dear youngster, aren't you pushed by publicity to buy one more unnecessary gadget, to visit one more night-cludb,fg to look at one more web-site, before you ask yourself what YOU, ideally, want to do with the only life that is yours?If you come home, tired and worn-out after a day's toil, everyone understands that it is much easier to press a TV-button and forget or dream, than to start thinking. Seriously, haven't we neglected to follow the wise advice from Delphi, so much so that we haven't even noticed that we exist under a misnomer? In our hubris, we have given ourselves the nice name of Homo sapiens sapiens, the doubly wise man. If we carefully scrutinize our human nature and our historical behavior, however, would it not be more correct to name us Homo sapiens praedator? Afterall, don't we often imagine ourselves to be like monotheistic gods - omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent? In our striving to realize this ideal, hasn't Man behaved like a most ferocious predator, conquering all of nature, all other animals, all the world - except knowledge of himself? What is your share in this vain attempt? To stimulate you to think about this is the intention of this little "philosophical park". When you have looked at the other quotations, may I suggest that you go home to your mirror, look carefully in it, contemplate the picture, and, as suggested in Delphi, learn to know yourself!
 

 
 


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