Thursday, October 12, 2006

The End of the Matter

On philosophy and philosophers:

"When he who hears doesn't know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks doesn't know what he himself means-- that is philosophy." --Voltaire

"There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied on to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers." --William James

"I have tried too, in my time to be a philosopher but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking through." --Oliver Edwards

And then there is the Preacher:

"Vanity of vanities, sayeth the Preacher, vanity of vanities, all is vanity..." Eccl. 1:1

"Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us..." Eccl. 1:10

"He hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end..." Eccl. 3:11

Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroyeth much good..." 9:18

"Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring into judgment every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Eccl. 12:13

Amen and amen.

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