"Unless thought stands for something that falls beyond mere intelligence, if ‘thinking’ is not used with some strange implication that never was part of the meaning of the word, a lingering scruple still forbids us to believe that reality can ever be purely rational. It may come from a failure in my metaphysics, or from a weakness of the flesh which continues to blind me, but the notion that existence could be the same as understanding strikes as cold and ghost-like as the dreariest materialism. That the glory of this world in the end is appearance leaves the worid more glorious, if we feel it is a show of some fuller splendour ; but the sensuous curtain is a deception and a cheat, if it hides some colourless movement of atoms, some spectral woof of impalpable abstractions, or unearthly ballet of bloodless categories."
F. H. Bradley, Principles of Logic
"F. H. Jacobi says, that by the confounding of the two conceptions, reason and cause, an illusion is produced, which has given rise to various false speculations; and he points out the distinction between them after his own fashion. Here, however, as is usual with him, we find a good deal more of self-complacent phrase-jugglery than of serious philosophy.
How Herr von Schelling finally distinguishes reason from cause, may be seen in his “Aphorisms introductory to the Philosophy of Nature”, § 184, which open the first book of the first volume of Marcus and Schelling’s “Annals of Medecine.” Here we are taught that gravity is the reason and light the cause of all things. This I merely quote as a curiosity; for such random talk would not otherwise deserve a place among the opinions of serious and honest inquirers."
Schopenhauer, The Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason
The inner life of the synapse
"In the natural sciences it is assumed that, in principle, it is possible to make an organism (for instance a dog) out of lifeless matter (already a fertilized egg cell will do). We may assume that such a dog will have all the mental experiences of a dog-made dog. Evolutionists believe that the experiment of making a dog out of lifeless matter has already been done during evolution. Even nowadays dogs are believed to make new dogs out of food only."
J. van Rooijen, “Interactionism and Evolution: A Critique of Popper” (1987)
"Love and do what you will."
"Materia mendacium verax. Matter is a lie, and yet true."
Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2
"Now I have put all my hope in Schelling"
-Kierkegaard November, 1842"Schelling has disappointed my expectations"
-Kierkegaard February, 1843
"The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. ‘I am no such thing,’ it would say; ‘I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone’."
William James, Varieties of Religious Experience
"… dualism, it has been said, means chopping the world in two with a hatchet. It is indeed a murderous stroke, and leaves us with two dead and impotent halves in place of the living whole. Or worse, it gives us two sets of abstractions in place of one reality."
James Ward, Naturalism and Agnosticism
"Vain is the word of a philosopher by whom no suffering is cured."
"Things are everywhere and always just as they are in us now."
Leibniz to Lady Damaris Masham, 1704
"Neti neti (not this, not this.)"
"… the concept of ‘mere dead insentient matter’ is an appeal to invincible ignorance. At no time will this expression ever constitute knowledge. Long ago Leibniz saw this with wonderful clarity, but he hid the importance of his insight by interweaving it with some of the most extraordinary fantasies in intellectual history …"
Charles Hartshorne, Physics and Psychics: The Place of Mind in Nature