Karl Popper

1902 - 1994

A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on science, philosophy, and philosophy of science

Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Karl Popper

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on eternity, fighting, hell, intention, kindness, love, religion, and soul

We all remember how many religious wars were fought for a religion of love and gentleness; how many bodies were burned alive with the genuinely kind intention of saving souls from the eternal fire of hell.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on certainty, people, and stupidity

. . . it seems to me certain that more people are killed out of righteous stupidity than out of wickedness.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on belief, correction, danger, environment, facts, politics, and world

The belief in a political Utopia is especially dangerous. This is possibly connected with the fact that the search for a better world, like the investigation of our environment, is (if I am correct) one of the oldest and most important of all the instincts.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Search of a Better World

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on dreams, future, generations, men, sacrifice, suffering, and world

Do not allow your dreams of a beautiful world to lure you away from the claims of men who suffer here and now. Our fellow men have a claim to our help; no generation must be sacrificed for the sake of future generations.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on ideas, impossibility, intention, inventions, murder, religion, and theory

Why do I think that we, the intellectuals, are able to help? Simply because we, the intellectuals, have done the most terrible harm for thousands of years. Mass murder in the name of an idea, a doctrine, a theory, a religion - that is all "our" doing, "our" invention: the invention of the intellectuals. If only we would stop setting man against man - often with the best intentions - much would be gained. Nobody can say that it is impossible for us to stop doing this.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on logic, principles, and truth

Now this principle of induction cannot be a purely logical truth like a tautology or an analytic statement. . . .

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on birth, choice, existence, generations, history, language, life, past, relationships, society, and time

Before we as individuals are even conscious of our existence we have been profoundly influenced for a considerable time (since before birth) by our relationship to other individuals who have complicated histories, and are members of a society which has an infinitely more complicated and longer history than they do (and are members of it at a particular time and place in that history); and by the time we are able to make conscious choices we are already making use of categories in a language which has reached a particular degree of development through the lives of countless generations of human beings before us. . . . We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Bryan Magee, Popper (London: Fontana/Collins, 1973) p. 69.

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on confidence, day, failure, leadership, losing, problems, and soldiers

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: quoted by Colin Powell

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A Quote by Karl Raimund Popper on imagination, life, past, people, and reality

When we enter a new situation in life and are confronted by a new person, we bring with us the prejudices of the past and our previous experiences of people. These prejudices we project upon the new person. Indeed, getting to know a person is largely a matter of withdrawing projections; of dispelling the smoke screen of what we imagine he is like and replacing it with the reality of what he is actually like.

Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Source: Psychiatrist Anthony Storr as quoted by Magee, Popper (London: Fontana/Collins, 1973) p. 65.

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