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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Psychologist
Nation: German
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The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man's being, unfolding itself in thought.

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Only then, approaching my fortieth birthday, I made philosophy my life's work.

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Everything depends therefore on encountering thought at its source. Such thought is the reality of man's being, which achieved consciousness and understanding of itself through it.

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Reason is like an open secret that can become known to anyone at any time; it is the quiet space into which everyone can enter through his own thought.

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Only as an individual can man become a philosopher.

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I began the study of medicine, impelled by a desire for knowledge of facts and of man. The resolution to do disciplined work tied me to both laboratory and clinic for a long time to come.

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The community of masses of human beings has produced an order of life in regulated channels which connects individuals in a technically functioning organisation, but not inwardly from the historicity of their souls.

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My own being can be judged by the depths I reach in making these historical origins my own.

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Even scientific knowledge, if there is anything to it, is not a random observation of random objects; for the critical objectivity of significant knowledge is attained as a practice only philosophically in inner action.

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The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life.

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As a universal history of philosophy, the history of philosophy must become one great unity.

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At the present moment, the security of coherent philosophy, which existed from Parmenides to Hegel, is lost.

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Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction to utility or applicability, that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul.

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Philosophy can only be approached with the most concrete comprehension.

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Philosophy is tested and characterised by the way in which it appropriates its history.

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To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish to me as to decide to become a poet.

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I discovered that the study of past philosophers is of little use unless our own reality enters into it. Our reality alone allows the thinker's questions to become comprehensible.

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If philosophy is practice, a demand to know the manner in which its history is to be studied is entailed: a theoretical attitude toward it becomes real only in the living appropriation of its contents from the texts.

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Philosophic meditation is an accomplishment by which I attain Being and my own self, not impartial thinking which studies a subject with indifference.

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The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is essential. Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy ultimately serves their better understanding.

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The study of law left me unsatisfied, because I did not know the aspects of life which it serves. I perceived only the intricate mental juggling with fictions that did not interest me.

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Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion.

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I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.

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Listen closely as those around you speak; great truths are revealed in jest.

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You know, people always talk about how Jesus came down to Earth as a human being. He became a human being, But no one ever takes into account what that means.

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I spent 11 years at 'The Daily Show,' and I learned everything there about how to write funny, how to write funny on topic.

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As a Jew reading about Jesus, I thought, 'He's a pretty good guy.' It's the same conclusion Monty Python drew in 'Life of Brian' - if people actually live what he did, it would be a pretty good world. But Jesus and Christianity have a tenuous relationship at best.

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If there's a God, and we have all this evidence that there's evolution, but He created the world only 6,000 years ago - what is the best and most logical explanation to reconcile those two things? I came up with - He came up with it, of course - that all things are fakeable.

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