Practical philosophy for the curious

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“He’s always chasing mirages. Our realistic philosophers hold that as being poor economy.

Simply because a mirage has no definite substance, they overlook the fact that it’s such a lovely object to chase.

They also lose sight of the fact that the mirage chaser is getting great joy out of life. He’s always interested in what he’s chasing, which is more than you can say of many men who struggle toward more practical goals. Interest in life is the very best form of wealth.”

— Excerpt from William Somerset Maugham in ‘The Razor’s Edge’ (1944)

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“To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust”

Excerpt From
Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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