A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, greeks, aristeia, values, culture, illumination, determination, life, cognoscenti, and vices

The Greeks took for granted a warrior-ethic ("aristeia," the virtues, values, culture and competence of "aristoi") not just between man and nature, and one city and another, and in the competitive contests (agones) between one person or point of view and another, but most especially between the individual mind striving for illumination and the vast surrounding obscure chaos of all that we do not know or understand or, as yet, have the resources to master. Humans from the earliest days of their lives have already planted their feet on one of two paths, one leading toward self-illumination or a determination to live life knowingly, as cognoscenti or "knowers," and one leading toward the absolute minimum of effort at illumination, a default-mentality marked by the vices of ignoranti, the countless herds of the mostly oblivious and passive who are content merely to be, to drift and be driven, not to be morally or philosophically accountable for themselves.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, consciousness, determination, criticism, sentimentality, ego, insight, truth, subjectivity, objectivity, and life

Not the least of the problems in clarifying one's consciousness is developing the stoic determination to criticize one's own softness or sentimentality toward oneself. Ego, self-solicitous about its own tenderness, is the ultimate policeman over its own false consciousness, dementedly uprooting every healthy seedling of insight into the truth. As Kierkegaard remarked, most people are subjective toward themselves and objective toward all others, but the real trick and task of life is to learn to be just the very opposite.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by blair alexandra on strength and determination

"Keep smiling and do what makes you feel good.  Life is full of ups and downs and the measure of our character is how we handle the down times, not the ups"

blair alexandra

Source: My father

Contributed by: blair

A Quote by Javier on effort, determination, and courage

The past is always present

Javier Ortiz Cortez

Contributed by: Javier

A Quote by Zig Ziglar on mistakes, disappointments, past, future, and determination

Don't let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.

Zig Ziglar (1926 -)

Contributed by: MsCapriKell

A Quote by Vincent Van Gogh on determination

"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890)

Contributed by: Helena

A Quote by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky on determination, freedom, enlightenment, self-realization, world community, life, and love

"Prepare, and be forewarned in time.  If thou hast tried and failed, O dauntless fighter, yet lose not courage: fight on, and to the charge return again and yet again...
Remember, thou that fightest for man's liberation, each failure is success, and each sincere attempt wins its rewards in time."

Helena Blavatsky (1831 - 1891)

Source: The Voice of the Silence, The Seven Portals

Contributed by: J.Maeve

A Quote by unknown on love, life, and determination

All Gave Some
Some Gave all


Contributed by: Ashleigh

A Quote by Nathaniel Summers on hope, future, determination, and slow

Hope in the future keeps us going; determination
is slowly getting us there.

Nathaniel Summers

Contributed by: Nathaniel

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