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There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope. - Bernard Williams Quotes
There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
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Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. - Bernard Williams Quotes
Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
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Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. - Bernard Williams Quotes
Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
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We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory. - Bernard Williams Quotes
We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.
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The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring. - Bernard Williams Quotes
The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.
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Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them. - Bernard Williams Quotes
Ideas are like wandering sons. They show up when you least expect them.
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The average man will bristle if you say his father was dishonest, but he will brag a little if he discovers that his great-grandfather was a Pirate.
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Books had instant replay long before televised sports. - Bernard Williams Quotes
Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
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If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance. - Bernard Williams Quotes
If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
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What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor. - Bernard Williams Quotes
What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
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I like the word 'indolence'. It makes my laziness seem classy. - Bernard Williams Quotes
I like the word 'indolence'. It makes my laziness seem classy.
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It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream. - Bernard Williams Quotes
It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.
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There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. - Bernard Williams Quotes
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
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If we try and fail, we have temporary disappointments. But if we do not try at all, we have permanent regrets.
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Life is supposed to be a series of peaks and valleys. The secret is to keep the valleys from becoming Grand Canyons.
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This is the end of the day, but soon there will be a new day. - Bernard Williams Quotes
This is the end of the day, but soon there will be a new day.
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Women have a favorite room, men a favorite chair.
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We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody's weakness.
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Laziness has many disguises. Soon "winter doldrums" will become "spring fever."
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We must escape our illusions of correctness to understand the actions and beliefs of others.
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Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.
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Unsolicited advice is the junk mail of life.
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Few things move as quietly as the future.
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I like the word "indolence." It makes my laziness seem classy.
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Tranquility is like quicksilver. The harder you grab for it, the less likely you will grasp it.
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Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
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No symphony orchestra ever played music like a two-year-old girl laughing with a puppy.
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A half-truth is usually less than half of that.
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Few things are as democratic as a snowstorm.
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You are mature when you know what is foolhardy and what is courage.
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A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn't.
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September tries its best to have us forget summer.
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An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.
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People who say, 'Let the chips fall where they may,' usually figure they will not be hit by a chip.
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Americans are optimists. They hope they'll be wealthy someday - and they're positive they can get one more brushful of paint out of an empty can.
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An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.
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People who express themselves in paradoxes are in a strong position; and the more outrageous the paradox, in general the stronger the position.
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Philosophy is altogether less pure now. It's been impurified by science and social science and history.
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I was interested in philosophy before I knew I was. That's to say, when I was at school, I used to argue with my friends about issues that turned out to be philosophical ones of some kind.
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Virtually the only subject in which one could ever get a scholarship to Oxford or Cambridge was classics. So I went to Oxford to study classics and, unlike Cambridge, it had a philosophy component, and I became completely transported by it.
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If there's one theme in all my work, it's about authenticity and self-expression. It's the idea that some things are, in some real sense, really you - or express what you and others aren't.
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The majority of philosophers are totally humorless. That's part of their trouble.
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I was attracted to opera when I was 15 or 16. A very rich man in England bankrupted himself to put on a lot of opera during the war, but he converted a lot of people, myself included, in the process.
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The people I really do dislike are the morally unimaginative kind of evolutionary reductionists who, in the name of science, think they can explain everything in terms of our early hominid ancestors or our genes, with their combination of high-handed tone and disregard for history. Such reductive speculation encourages a really empty scientism.
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People have been predicting the death of philosophy since the 17th century. When I was a student, people were saying, 'We're in the last days of philosophy.' Then we were told in the '60s it would be replaced by sociology, then by literary criticism.
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'Humanity' is a name not merely for a species but also for a quality.
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The truth is that we all have to do more things than we can rightly do, if we are to do anything at all.
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Tragedy is formed 'round ideas it does not expound, and to understand its history is, in some part, to understand those ideas and their place in the society that produced it.
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Disagreement does not necessarily have to be overcome. It may remain an important and constitutive feature of our relations to others and also be seen as something that is merely to be expected in the light of the best explanations we have of how such disagreement arises.
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Contemporary moral philosophy has found an original way of being boring, which is by not discussing moral issues at all.
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As Roland Barthes said, those who do not re-read condemn themselves to reading the same story everywhere: 'they recognize what they already think and know.'
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Positivism ... implies the double falsehood that no interpretation is needed, and that it is not needed because the story which the positivist writer tells, such as it is, is obvious. The story he or she tells is usually a bad one, and its being obvious only means that it is familiar.
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If the passion for truthfulness is merely controlled and stilled without being satisfied, it will kill the activities it is supposed to support. This may be one of the reasons why, at the present time, the study of the humanities runs a risk of sliding from professional seriousness, through professionalization, to a finally disenchanted careerism.
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