„The sole philosophy open to those who doubt the possibility of truth is absolute silence -- even mental.“

Quelle: An Introduction to Philosophy

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Jacques Maritain1
französischer Philosoph 1882 - 1973

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„Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

Ainsi soit-il; ou, Les Jeux sont faits
So be it; or, The chips are down
Gallimard
1952
174
Original: (fr) Croyez ceux qui cherchent la vérité, doutez de ceux qui la trouvent; doutez de tout, mais ne doutez pas de vous-même.

Roger-Pol Droit Foto

„There is absolutely not a shadow of a doubt that the Greeks knew all about Indian philosophy.“

—  Roger-Pol Droit French philosopher 1949

The Forgetfulness of India. Quoted in Gautier, Francois Arise again, 6 India! Har-Anand Publication 2000 p.22 Quoted from Londhe, S. (2008). A tribute to Hinduism: Thoughts and wisdom spanning continents and time about India and her culture https://books.google.com/books/about/A_Tribute_to_Hinduism.html?id=G3AMAQAAMAAJ

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„Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man.“

—  Karl Jaspers German psychiatrist and philosopher 1883 - 1969

On My Philosopy (1941)
Kontext: My path was not the normal one of professors of philosophy. I did not intend to become a doctor of philosophy by studying philosophy (I am in fact a doctor of medicine) nor did I by any means, intend originally to qualify for a professorship by a dissertation on philosophy. To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish to me as to decide to become a poet. Since my schooldays, however, I was guided by philosophical questions. Philosophy seemed to me the supreme, even the sole, concern of man. Yet a certain awe kept me from making it my profession.

Pearl S.  Buck Foto

„I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety.“

—  Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973

Quelle: My Several Worlds (1954), p. 52
Kontext: I became mentally bifocal, and so I learned early to understand that there is no such condition in human affairs as absolute truth. There is only truth as people see it, and truth, even in fact, may be kaleidoscopic in its variety. The damage such perception did to me I have felt ever since, although damage may be too dark a word, for it merely meant that I could never belong entirely to one side of any question. To be a Communist would be absurd to me, as absurd as to be entirely anything and equally impossible. I straddled the globe too young.

André Gide Foto

„Trust those who seek the truth but doubt those who say they have found it.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951

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Variante: Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it
Kontext: Believe those who seek the truth, doubt those who find it; doubt all, but do not doubt yourself.

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„Sole cure of wrong is silence.“

—  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Original: (el) Πάλαι τὸ σιγᾶν φάρμακον βλάβης ἔχω.
Quelle: Oresteia (458 BC), Agamemnon, line 548 (tr. E. D. A. Morshead)

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„Socrates is not just expounding noble ideas in a vacuum. He is in the middle of a war between those who think truth is absolute and those who think truth is relative. He is fighting that war with everything he has.“

—  Robert M. Pirsig, buch Zen und die Kunst ein Motorrad zu warten

Quelle: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974), Ch. 29
Kontext: Socrates is not just expounding noble ideas in a vacuum. He is in the middle of a war between those who think truth is absolute and those who think truth is relative. He is fighting that war with everything he has. The Sophists are the enemy.
Now Plato's hatred of the Sophists makes sense. He and Socrates are defending the Immortal Principle of the Cosmologists against what they consider to be the decadence of the Sophists. Truth. Knowledge. That which is independent of what anyone thinks about it. The ideal that Socrates died for. The ideal that Greece alone possesses for the first time in the history of the world. It is still a very fragile thing. It can disappear completely. Plato abhors and damns the Sophists without restraint, not because they are low and immoral people—there are obviously much lower and more immoral people in Greece he completely ignores. He damns them because they threaten mankind's first beginning grasp of the idea of truth. That's what it is all about.

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„False and doubtful positions, relied upon as unquestionable maxims, keep those who build on them in the dark from truth.“

—  John Locke, buch An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding

Book IV, Ch. 7
An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689)
Kontext: False and doubtful positions, relied upon as unquestionable maxims, keep those who build on them in the dark from truth. Such are usually the prejudices imbibed from education, party, reverence, fashion, interest, et cetera.

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„When a society has doubts about its future, it tends to produce spokesmen whose main appeal is to the emotions, who argue from intuitions, and whose claim to be truth-bearers rests solely on intense personal feeling.“

—  Kenneth Tynan English theatre critic and writer 1927 - 1980

Review of After the Fall, by Arthur Miller, at the ANTA Washington Square Theatre, New York; Blues for Mister Charlie, by James Baldwin at the ANTA Theatre, New York (1962), p. 143

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„The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

Though this has been quoted extensively as if it were a statement of Wittgenstein, it was apparently first published in A Brief History of Time (1988) by Stephen Hawking, p. 175, where it is presented in quotation marks and thus easily interpreted to be a quotation, but could conceivably be Hawking paraphrasing or giving his own particular summation of Wittgenstein's ideas, as there seem to be no published sources of such a statement prior to this one. The full remark by Hawking reads:
: Philosophers reduced the scope of their inquiries so much that Wittgenstein, the most famous philosopher of this century, said, “The sole remaining task for philosophy is the analysis of language.” What a comedown from the great tradition of philosophy from Aristotle to Kant!
Disputed

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„Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975

Cited as from an address in Addis Ababa (1963) in Simpson's Contemporary Quotations (1988) http://www.bartleby.com/63/73/1173.html edited by James B. Simpson ISBN 0395430852

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„The law is simply and solely made for the exploitation of those who do not understand it or of those who, for naked need, cannot obey it.“

—  Bertolt Brecht, Die Dreigroschenoper

Polly Peachum, in Act 3, scene 1, p. 74
Variant translation: The law was made for one thing alone, for the exploitation of those who don't understand it, or are prevented by naked misery from obeying it.
The Threepenny Opera (1928)

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„[T]he claim that suffering is bad for those who experience it and thus ought in general to be prevented when possible cannot be seriously doubted.“

—  Jeff McMahan (philosopher) American philosopher 1954

Jeff McMahan, " The Meat Eaters https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/19/the-meat-eaters/", The New York Times, 19 Sept. 2010

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