Quotations and Literature Forum

It is currently Tue Jul 29, 2014 1:55 pm

All times are UTC - 7 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Philosophy Quotes
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 5:23 pm 
Offline
New member
New member

Joined: Mon Jun 10, 2002 4:41 pm
Posts: 1
Can somebody tell me who said any of the following?"Napoleon, the synthesis of brute and Superman." "Man simply is, man is nothing else than that which he makes of himself. That is the first principle." "All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds." "They detest war as a brutal thing." and ""I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately; I wanted to live deep and suck all the marrow of life." If anyone could help me out here it would be greatly appreciated. My friend and I are having a little contest and these are the only ones on the list she gave me that I am having trouble with! Thanks for any help! :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2002 6:00 pm 
Offline
QuoteMaster
QuoteMaster

Joined: Wed Apr 03, 2002 5:38 am
Posts: 269
Location: Carolina coast
The first ("Napoleon, synthesis of brute and Superman") is Nietszche. "All is for the best in this best of all possible worlds" is from Voltaire's satire Candide. It represents the philosophy the protagonists believe at the outset of the novel. "I went to the woods, etc." is from Henry David Thoreau's Walden, explaining why he lived two years outside in the woods around Walden Pond.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2002 12:25 pm 
Offline
QuoteMaster
QuoteMaster

Joined: Fri May 31, 2002 8:02 am
Posts: 410
"The best of all possible worlds" originates with Leibniz, not Voltaire. It's part of his philosophy of Optimism, which Voltaire mocks in Candide. The character Dr. Pangloss ("All-tongue") is a brutal take-off on Leibniz.

Mr. Fussbudget

_________________
Mr. Fussbudget

True wit is nature to advantage dressed,
What oft was thought, but ne'er so well expressed.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2002 6:53 am 
Offline
Site Admin
Site Admin

Joined: Wed Apr 03, 2002 12:45 am
Posts: 497
Location: Utah
That's also the origin of the (rare) word Panglossian (meaning: blindly optimistic) if I'm not mistaken.

http://www.dictionary.com/cgi-bin/dict. ... anglossian

_________________
Michael Moncur
Owner and maintainer, The Quotations Page


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 8 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
cron
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group