The Golden Nuggets of Philosophy


Sophia Stone, a philosopher at Lynn University and the creator of Wisdom’s Edge Foundation, which “promotes critical thinking through philosophical inquiry, ​guided by a democratic process in communities that do not have access to the university,” could use your assistance.

She is attempting to amass a collection of brief, significant, or profound philosophical lines or sayings for use in a philosophy outreach project. The quotes might be well-known, but needn’t be. They just need to be short and good: the “golden nuggets” of philosophy.

They may need to be extracted from their context a bit to be sufficiently brief. Professor Stone says:

It needs to be one line. The full quote for the “one liner” given below is from the Grube translation in Cooper (1997) at 38a3-7: “On the other hand, if I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living for men, you will believe me even less.”
Preferred version: “…the unexamined life is not worth living”.

More details about the nature of the project will be revealed later. For now, I can just say that it sounds like it is part of a fun way to get a little philosophy out to a lot of people.

Thanks for your help.


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