I am writing a research paper for AP European History on how a philosopher's opinion on human nature affected his/her philosophies. Are there any good quotes that I can integrate into either my introduction or conclusion?
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You should be able to work any of these into your piece:
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philospher. Ambrose Bierce (1842-c.1914) ~Epigrams~
To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute. Oliver Goldsmith (1728-74) ~The Citizen of the World~
Philosophers never balance between profit and honesty, because their decisions are general, and neither their passions nor imaginations are interested in the objects. David Hume (1711-76) ~A Treatise of Human Nature~
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it. Karl Marx (1818-83) ~Theses on Feuerbach~
In the philosopher there is nothing whatever impersonal; and, above all, his morality bears decided and decisive testimony to who he is - that is to say, to the order of rank in which the innermost drives of his nature stand in relation to one another. Freidrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900) ~Jenseits von Gut und Bose~
For there was never yet philosopher That could endure the toothache patiently. Wiliam Shakespeare (1564-1616) ~Much Ado About Nothing, V:1~
The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have your difference; to be in hell is to drift; to be in heaven is to steer. George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) ~Man and Superman~
A philosopher of imposing stature doesn't think in a vacuum. Even his most abstract ideas are, to some extent, by what is or what is not known in the time when he lives. A. N. Whitehead (1861-1947) ~Dialogues~
Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses; we read fine things but we never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author. John Keats (1795-1821) ~Excerpt; letter to J. H. Reynolds, May 3, 1818~
I know the ones by Marx and Shakespeare are a bit of a stretch in regards to what you're after, but I included them anyways.
Hope there's something in here that helps.
Ron ------------------------------ CHAOS, MAYHEM, PANIC IN THE STREETS! - My work here is done.
If you know that Arthur Schopenhauer is considered the greatest philosopher and thinker from Germany of the 19th century. The founder of a completely new "rebellion" about human nature, the founder of irrationalism as such. It is in his works that a new view and influence of the new philosophy on mankind can be traced. Here is a quote: A man exists when he chooses himself - Arthur Schopenhauer