Facts” replaced understanding; and knowledge, split into a thousand isolated fragments, no longer generated wisdom.
Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal.
But even democracy ruins itself by excess-of democracy. Its basic principle is the equal right of all to hold office and determine public policy. This is at first glance a delightful arrangement; it becomes disastrous because the people are not properly equipped by education to select the best rulers and the wisest courses (588). “As to the people they have no understanding, and only repeat what their rulers are pleased to tell them
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within
Our knowledge of any past event is always incomplete, probably inaccurate, beclouded by ambivalent evidence and biased historians, and perhaps distorted by our own patriotic or religious partisanship. “Most history is guessing, and the rest is prejudice.
In progressive societies the concentration[of wealth] may reach a point where the strength of number in the many poor rivals the strength of ability in the few rich; then the unstable equilibrium generates a critical situation, which history has diversely met by legislation redistributing wealth or by revolution distributing poverty.
For what is philosophy but an art – one more attempt to give “significant form” to the chaos of experience?
Nothing is impossible to gods and authors.
The past is not dead. Indeed, it is often not even past.
To be a philosopher,