I will not write much. The quotations, with no comments. Learn from the Master, Kurt Goedel.
Merry hearts, great families, love, understanding and clear seeing of what is important in life– Misha.
There would be no danger of an atomic war if advances in history, the science of right and of state, philosophy, psychology, literature, art, etc. were as great as in physics. But instead of such progress, one is struck by significant regresses in many of the spiritual sciences.
What I call the theological worldview is the idea that the world and everything in it has meaning and reason, and in particular a good and indubitable meaning. It follows immediately that our worldly existence, since it has in itself at most a very dubious meaning, can only be means to the end of another existence. The idea that everything in the world has a meaning [reason] is an exact analogue of the principle that everything has a cause, on which rests all of science.
The notion of existence is one of the primitive concepts with which we must begin as given. It is the clearest concept we have.
Power is a quality which enables one to reach one’s goals. … Yet a preoccupation with power distracts us from paying attention to what is at the foundation of the world.
To arrive at the totality of integers involves a jump. Overviewing it presupposes an infinite intuition. What is given is a psychological analysis. The point is whether it produces objective conviction.
Every error is caused by emotions and education (implicit and explicit); intellect by itself (not disturbed by anything outside) could not err.
My philosophical viewpoint
- The world is rational.
- Human reason can, in principle, be developed more highly (through certain techniques).
- There are systematic methods for the solution of all problems.
- There are other worlds and rational beings of a different and higher kind.
- The world in which we live is not the only one in which we shall live or have lived.
- There is incomparably more knowable a priori that is currently known.
- The development of human thought since the Renaissance is thoroughly one-dimensional.
- Reason in mankind will be developed in every direction.
- Formal rights comprise a real science.
- Materialism is false.
- The higher beings are connected to the others by analogy, not by composition.
- Concepts have an objective existence.
- There is a scientific (exact) philosophy and theology, which deals with concepts of the highest abstractness; and this is also most highly fruitful for science.
- Religions are, for the most part, bad—but religion is not.
Our total reality and total existence are beautiful and meaningful . . . . We should judge reality by the little which we truly know of it. Since that part which conceptually we know fully turns out to be so beautiful, the real world of which we know so little should also be beautiful. Life may be miserable for seventy years and happy for a million years: the short period of misery may even be necessary for the whole.
To be overcritical and reluctant to use what is given hampers success. To reach the highest degree of clarity and general philosophy, empirical concepts are also important.
There is no contradiction between free will and knowing in advance precisely what one will do. If one knows oneself completely then this is the situation. One does not deliberately do the opposite of what one wants.
The illusion of the passage of time arises from the confusing of the given with the real. Passage of time arises because we think of occupying different realities. In fact, we occupy only different givens. There is only one reality.
Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow; Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead; Walk beside me, and just be my friend.
Wisdom is not communicable. The wisdom which a wise man tries to communicate always sounds foolish.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
For hope is but the dream of those that wake.
A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
We should question everything that can be questioned. Only then we will find things, that cannot be questioned.
I wish it would be possible to raise children in such a way, that any idea which is vague they wouldn’t be able to understand.
A genius does what they has to. A talent – only what they can
Now I have studied philosophy,
Medicine and the Law,
And, unfortunately, theology,
Wearily sweating, yet I stand now,
Poor fool, no wiser than I was before;
I am called Master, even Doctor,
And for these last ten years have drawn
My students, by the nose, up, down,
Crosswise and crooked. Now I see
That we can know nothing finally.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
The bitterest tears shed on deadbeds are for words left unspoken and for deeds left undone.
Wise men learn more from fools, than fools do from wise men.
The virtue of silence . . . To talk of trivial things is perforce to think of trivial things. What about talking of serious things? Unfortunately it means too often to take away their vitality, their power, their ability to propagate in the soul.
Do not pray for easier lives, pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work will be no miracle, but YOU will be a miracle.
A lie may fool someone else, but it tells you the truth – you’re weak.
If a man plants melons – he gathers melons. If he plants pea – he gathers pea.
The high minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think.
Sometimes your whole world has to crash down before you realize what you have, and what you don’t want.