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"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."
"When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth."
"There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy."
"Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations."
"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher."
"Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing."
"All men desire to know."
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law."
"Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities."
"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned."
"What do you know and how do you know it?"
"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."
"Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines."
"To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do."
"Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed."
"To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize."
"I'm a philosophy major. That means I can think deep thoughts about being unemployed."
"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them."
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."
"You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it."
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Marcus Tullius Cicero
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