„The fear of God is not the beginning of wisdom. The fear of God is the death of wisdom. Skepticism and doubt lead to study and investigation, and investigation is the beginning of wisdom.“

Why I Am An Agnostic (1929)
Fonte: Why I Am An Agnostic and Other Essays

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„To understand yourself is the beginning of wisdom.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

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