William Hamilton

1788 - 1856

A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on self-knowledge, awareness, and skepticism

I do not hesitate to maintain, that what we are conscious of is constructed out of what we are not conscious of,-that our whole knowledge, in fact, is made up of the unknown and the incognisable.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Strangers to Ourselves: Discovering the Adaptive Unconscious

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on nirvana

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Nirvana is an experience of the Unconditioned which defies any description.  Any description of Nirvana is not a description of Nirvana, and that is the most that can be said about Nirvana.  There are no reference points in Nirvana on which to base a description.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Saints and Psychopaths, Pages: 72..73

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on psychotherapy, enlightenment, buddhism, and meditation

Many people have chosen psychotherapy over enlightenment.  Someone asked Anagarike Munindra, a great Buddhist meditation master in India, why it was easier for Asians to attain enlightenment.  His reply was that, "Westerners are doing psychotherapy."

  

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Saints and Psychopaths, Pages: 90

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on paradox and mind

Paradoxically, as the mind becomes simpler, it can perceive greater complexity.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Saints and Psychopaths, Pages: 123

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on earth and mind

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On earth there is nothing great but man; in man there is nothing great but mind.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Lectures on Metaphysics

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A Quote by Sir William Hamilton on truth

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Truth, like a torch, the more it's shook it shines.

William Hamilton (1788 - 1856)

Source: Discussions on Philosophy

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