The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing

I erased over 300 spam comments off my blog this morning, but one guy decided to get creative and include actual quotes, etc., so I copied them and put them here b/c they were just too fun! (BTW, the title is one of them)

To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions; both dispense with the necessity of reflection

Plato having defined man to be a two-legged, animal without feathers, Diogenes plucked a cock and brought it into the Academy, and said, ‘This is Plato’s man.’ On which account this addition was made to the definition: ‘With broad flat nails.’

Depend upon it, Sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully

Since each person, as an individual, is the not-being of the other, it is never possible to eliminate non-understanding completely.

The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul’s faculties in conformity with excellence or virtue…Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day; and similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy.

Man is by his constitution a religious animal; atheism is against not only our reason, but our instincts.

Physics investigates the essential nature of the world, and biology describes a local bump. Psychology, human psychology, describes a bump on the bump.

The characteristic of the hour is that the commonplace mind, knowing itself to be commonplace, has the assurance to proclaim the rights of the commonplace and to impose them wherever it will.

The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a human heart. One must imagine that Sisyphus is happy.

An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. ‘What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor.

The good of the people is the highest law.

Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.

‘No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.’

How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, ‘This is better than we thought! The universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant. God must be even greater than we dreamed.’

There can be no other truth to take off from than this: I think, therefore, I exist. There we have the absolute truth of consciousness becoming aware of itself.

I hope you found this as amusing as I did. I should write a book “From Descartes to Diogenes, Blog Spam in Texas” (I had to plug Texas somehow!)

Oh, and as for the one true comment I got: Yes, Mom, Bananna Pocky and Steamed Kelp. The other day it was steamed spinach w/ garlic and cayenne, and separate peice of cheese. I like veggies for dinner, what can I say? Or was it the pocky???

About Matt

In 2002 I started contributing to Open Source software, and life has just gotten better from there. Co-founder of WordPress, founder Automattic.
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One Response to The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing

  1. Matt says:

    Fixed up the spam problem, let me know if you get any more.

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