„Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.“

—  Gaston Bachelard, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988), A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books
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„An aphorism can never be the whole truth; it is either a half-truth or a truth-and-a-half.“

—  Karl Kraus Czech playwright and publicist 1874 - 1936
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„Every good mathematician is at least half a philosopher, and every good philosopher is at least half a mathematician.“

—  Gottlob Frege mathematician, logician, philosopher 1848 - 1925
Attributed to Frege in: A. A. B. Aspeitia (2000), Mathematics as grammar: 'Grammar' in Wittgenstein's philosophy of mathematics during the Middle Period, Indiana University, p. 25

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„The only way to avoid becoming a metaphysician is to say nothing.“

—  Edwin Arthur Burtt American philosopher 1892 - 1989
The Metaphysical Foundations of Modern Physical Science (1925), p. 224 Often misquoted or paraphrased as "The only way to avoid metaphysics is to say nothing." Cf. on the next page, "you cannot avoid metaphysics".

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„By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter“

—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
The Wealth of Nations (1776), Book I, Context: By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as a mastiff is from a greyhound Chapter II, p. 17.

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„The half is greater than the whole.“

—  Harry Emerson Fosdick American pastor 1878 - 1969
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„Of all the non-European philosophers, William James probably best deserves to be an Existentialist.“

—  William Barrett (philosopher), book Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958), Chapter One, The Advent of Existentialism, p. 16

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„Senator Kerry says he sees two Americas. And that makes the whole thing mutual — America sees two John Kerrys.“

—  Dick Cheney American politician and businessman 1941
2000s, 2004, Acceptance Speech http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0909-14.htm at the Republican National Convention. - Video and text available. (1 September 2004)

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„Probably half the questions we ask — half our great theological and metaphysical problems — are like that.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, A Grief Observed
A Grief Observed (1961), Context: Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable. How many hours are there in a mile? Is yellow square or round? Probably half the questions we ask — half our great theological and metaphysical problems — are like that.

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