A Quote by Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz on laws, leadership, nature, order, philosophy, plants, possibility, questions, research, superiority, present, theory, thought, and world

Philosopher and mathematician Gottfried Leibniz speculated on the possibility of "intermediate species" over a century before the publication of Darwin's theory: "All advances by degrees in Nature, and nothing by leaps, and this law as applied to each, is part of my doctrine of Continuity. Although there may exist in some other world species intermediate between Man and the Apes, Nature has thought it best to remove them from us, in order to establish our superiority beyond question. I speak of intermediate species, and by no means limit myself to those leading to Man. I strongly approve of the research for analogies; plants, insects, and Comparative Anatomy will increase these analogies, especially when we are able to take advantage of the microscope more than at present."

Gottfried von Leibniz (1646 - 1716)

Source: Protogaea, 1749

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A Quote by George W. Goethals on action, duty, knowledge, life, philosophy, and world

Knowledge of our duties is the most essential part of the philosophy of life. If you escape duty you avoid action. The world demands results.

George W. Goethals

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A Quote by George Santayana on philosophy

It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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A Quote by George Matthew Adams on advertising, brevity, conversation, correction, earth, guidance, happiness, ideas, inspiration, life, philosophy, possessions, success, time, and women

Every one of us, unconsciously, works out a personal philosophy of life, by which we are guided, inspired, and corrected, as time goes on. It is this philosophy by which we measure out our days, and by which we advertise to all about us the man, or woman, that we are. . . . It takes but a brief time to scent the life philosophy of anyone. It is defined in the conversation, in the look of the eye, and in the general mien of the person. It has no hiding place. It's like the perfume of the flower - unseen, but known almost instantly. It is the possession of the successful, and the happy. And it can be greatly embellished by the absorption of ideas and experiences of the useful of this earth.

George Matthew Adams

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A Quote by George Henry Lewes on education, philosophy, and principles

The true function of philosophy is to educate us in the principles of reasoning and not to put an end to further reasoning by the introduction of fixed conclusions.

George Henry Lewes (1817 - 1878)

Source: The Biographical History of Philosophy.

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A Quote by George Eliot on experience, paradox, and philosophy

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.

George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Source: Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 69, 1876.

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A Quote by Friedrich Ratzel on beginning, conviction, earth, existence, heaven, history, laws, and philosophy

A philosophy of the history of the human race, worthy of its name, must begin with the heavens and descend to the earth, must be charged with the conviction that all existence is one-a single conception sustained from beginning to end upon one identical law.

Friedrich Ratzel

Source: The Outline of History by H. G. Wells, 1920

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A Quote by Frederic William Farrar on anger, christ, faith, life, love, peace, persecution, philosophy, prayer, and secrets

The following sentiments are illustrative of the philosophy of the Talmud: "Love peace and pursue it at any cost." ... "Remember it is better to be persecuted than to persecute." ... "Be not prone to anger." ... "He who giveth alms in secret is greater than Moses himself." ... "It is better to utter a short prayer with devotion than a long one without fervor." ... "He who having but one piece of bread in his basket, and says, What shall I eat tomorrow? is a man of little faith." (Farrar, The Life of Christ, p. 680.)

Frederic William Farrar (1831 - 1903)

Source: Farrar in The Life of Christ, p.680

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on business, garden, history, memory, men, mind, philosophy, power, science, and understanding

The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy (science); for it neither relies solely or chiefly on the powers of the mind, nor does it take the matter which it gathers from natural history and mechanical experiments and lay up in the memory whole, as it finds it, but lays it up in the understanding altered and digested. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Source: Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, Liberal Arts Press, Inc., NY, p 93.

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A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on belief, diligence, fashion, inaction, men, names, nature, observation, philosophy, reason, understanding, and words

But the idols of the Market Place are the most troublesome of all: idols which have crept into the understanding through their alliances with words and names. For men believe that their reason governs words. But words turn and twist the understanding. This it is that has rendered philosophy and the sciences inactive. Words are mostly cut to the common fashion and draw the distinctions which are most obvious to the common understanding. Whenever an understanding of greater acuteness or more diligent observation would alter those lines to suit the true distinctions of nature, words complain.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

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