Understanding is one of life’s greatest and most overlooked pleasures. Bertrand Russell said “Most people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do so.” But for those who enjoy thinking, it is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
We live in a day when education is valued for job preparation--rather than for seeking wisdom needed for life. Perhaps wisdom cannot be taught, but we do need to learn. This collection of quotations is from people ranging from world class scholars to people who will be shocked to know they are quoted in a book of philosophy.
The collection does not push specific beliefs, but assumes that honest thinking must start by questioning one’s own beliefs and assumptions. The quotations often contradict each other. Their value is not in giving answers, but in stimulating us to seek answers true to our own experience.
The author’s recent book Thoughts for Life: Reaching for Wisdom--God--Life (also printed by Xlibris) consists of aphorisms and apothegms anchored by essays and poems that attempt to combine intellectual integrity with a search for answers to those challenging questions that seek meaning in life.