Quotes: W

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force.

George Washington

I cannot tell a lie.

George Washington

(pk adds: I love that meta-lie (a lie about lying) in the same way I love the liar’s paradox, “This sentence is a lie.” They shimmer.)

The menu is not the meal.

Alan Watts

Something
(we don’t know what)
is doing something
(we don’t know what).

Alan Watts
(citing others on the electron)
(& pk (on the cosmos, citing Alan Watts))

The monstrous fraud of civilization glared stark before his eyes; he saw it as a vast lunatic growth, producing a deepening torrent of savagery below, and above ever more flimsy gentility and silly wastefulness.

H. G. Wells

He who is unaware of his ignorance will be only misled by his knowledge.

Richard Whately

The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.

Oscar Wilde

A gentleman is someone who never offends another … unintentionally

Oscar Wilde

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Oscar Wilde

Seek simplicity: and distrust it.

Alfred North Whitehead

Plurality ought not to be posited without necessity.

William of Occam

Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything.
(Where you don’t and can’t know, trust the simplest answer.)

Morals are the memory of success that no longer succeeds.

William Carlos Williams

It isn’t true unless it makes you laugh
but you don’t understand it until it makes you weep.

Robert Anton Wilson

Rent and interest: what we laughingly call civilization

Robert Anton Wilson

All new laws create new criminals.

Robert Anton Wilson

You cannot understand a man’s actions unless you understand his beliefs.

Robert Anton Wilson

If marriage were outlawed, only outlaws would have in-laws.

Robert Anton Wilson

The model is not the muddle.

Robert Anton Wilson
Note that Wilson’s point is not the same as Korzybski’s in the famous statement it’s modeled on.

Resistance to new information … has a strong neurological foundation in all animals, as indicated by studies of imprinting and conditioning. Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to “ignore” certain kinds of information — that which does not “fit” their imprinted / conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this “conservatism” or “stupidity”, but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan.

Robert Anton Wilson

I regard a ‘cult’ as a religion small enough to be easily victimized by the authorities and a religion as a cult big enough to force the authorities to treat it with respect. And that is the only difference I see.

Robert Anton Wilson

Die Welt ist alles, was der Fall ist.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world is all that is the case.

I am sitting with a philosopher in the garden; he says again and again “I know that that’s a tree,” pointing to a tree that is near us. Someone else arrives and hears this, and I tell him: “This fellow isn’t insane. We’re only doing philosophy.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.

Ronald Wright, Surviving Progress

Real things can happen only locally … the local is the global at work.

Denis Wood

The economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.

Tim Worth

I was forced at an early age to chose between hypocritical humility and honest arrogance.

Frank Lloyd Wright

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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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  1. Pingback: Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein | Seit über 10.000 Jahren Erfahrung in Versklavung

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