1) There is nothing so inconceivable as that matter should be conscious of itself. – Pascal


2) When philosophers have subdued their passions, what material substance has managed to achieve this? — Pascal


3) Conscious subjects and their mental lives are inescapable components of reality not describable by the physical sciences. — Thomas Nagel


4) You cannot think about thinking without thinking about thinking about something. — Seymour Papert


5) You do not reason a man out of something he was not reasoned into. – Jonathan Swift


6) In the mind of the beginner, there are many possibilities. In the mind of the expert there are few. — Shunryu Suzuki


7) The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope. -- Samuel Johnson


8) Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence; and what can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence. -- Christopher Hitchens


9) All history is the history of thought ; and when an historian says that a man is in a certain situation this is the same as saying that he thinks he is in this situation. The hard facts of the situation, which it is so important for him to face, are the hard facts of the way in which he conceives the situation. -- R.G. Collingwood


10) The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect. -- Paul Valery


11) "Humor talks in his own language, nay, his own dialect, whereas Passion and Pity speak the universal tongue." -- Alice Meynell



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