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"It is often more important to question our answers than to answer our questions.  The process of questioning and holding a question within ourselves becomes part of the light on the path to discovery, softening and opening us to new realizations.  When we trust ourselves enough to begin to question tradition and authority, we begin the process of direct discovery.  It has been said that the highest learning comes in four parts: One part is learned from teachers; another part from fellow students; a third part for self-study and practice; and the final part come mysteriously, silently, in the due course of time.  Inquiry and questioning can free us from the rigid, mechanical life of strict adherence to one belief, and can move us into the joy of continuous learning."
-  Ganga White, Yoga Beyond Belief, p.11


How many philosophers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Two.  One to screw in the light bulb, and one not to screw in the light bulb. 


"Even for studies, where expenditure is most honorable, it is justifiable only so long as it is kept within bounds. What is the use of having countless books and libraries, whose titles their owners can scarcely read through in a whole lifetime?  The learner is, not instructed, but burdened by the mass of them, and it is much better to surrender yourself to a few authors than to wander through many.'
-  Seneca,
Treatises: On Providence, on Tranquility of Mind, on Shortness of Life, on Happy Life


"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit."
-  Elbert Hubbard


"My desire and wish is that the things I start with should be so obvious that you wonder why I spend my time stating them.  This is what I aim at because the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."
-  Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism





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