„The spiritual experience of the philosopher is the nourishing soil of philosophy; that without it there is no philosophy; and that, even so, spiritual experience does not, or must not, enter into the intelligible texture of philosophy. The pulp of the fruit must consist of nothing but the truth.“

— Jacques Maritain

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„We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.“

— Pierre Teilhard De Chardin French philosopher and Jesuit priest 1881 - 1955
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„Leisure is the mother of Philosophy“

— Thomas Hobbes English philosopher, born 1588 1588 - 1679
Context: Leisure is the mother of Philosophy; and Common-wealth, the mother of Peace, and Leisure: Where first were great and flourishing Cities, there was first the study of Philosophy. Context: For as there were Plants of Corn and Wine in small quantity Dispersed in the Fields and Woods, before men knew their vertue, or made use of them for their nourishment, or planted them apart in Fields, and also there have been divers true, generall, and profitable Speculations from the beginning; as being the naturall plants of humane Reason: But they were at first but few in number; men lived upon grosse Experience; there was no Method; that is to say, no Sowing, nor Planting of Knowledge by it self, apart from the Weeds, and common Plants of Errour and Conjecture: And the cause of it being the want of leasure from procuring the necessities of life, and defending themselves against their neighbours, it was impossible, till the erecting of great Common-wealths, it should be otherwise. Leisure is the mother of Philosophy; and Common-wealth, the mother of Peace, and Leisure: Where first were great and flourishing Cities, there was first the study of Philosophy. The Fourth Part, Chapter 46, p. 368.

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„I have gained this by philosophy … I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.“

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -322 a.C.

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„Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.“

— Ludwig Van Beethoven German Romantic composer 1770 - 1827
As reported by Bettina von Arnim in a letter to Goethe, 28 May 1810. Goethe's Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde: Seinem Denkmal, Volume 2, Dümmler, 1835, p. 193.

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„Philosophy makes progress not by becoming more rigorous but by becoming more imaginative.“

— Richard Rorty American philosopher 1931 - 2007
Introduction to Truth and Progress: Philosophical Papers, Volume 3 (1998).

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„The purpose of life... is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.“

— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
Foreword (January 1960)

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