Book List – Feed your Mind

“Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave”

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Metaphysics & Philosophy

Plato (427-347 B.C.): Old Greek Philosopher/Metaphysician, Student and Friend of Socrates

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. “

Aristotle (384-322 B.C): Old Greek Philosopher/Metaphysician, Student of Plato

“As in other departments of science, so in politics, the compound should always be resolved into the simple elements or least parts of the whole. We must therefore look at the elements of which the state is composed, in order that we may see in what the different kinds of rule differ from one another, and whether any scientific result can be attained about each one of them.”

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860): German Philosopher/Metaphysician

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

G.W. Leibniz (1646-1716):: German Philosopher/Metaphysician, Mathematician

“It is a good thing to proceed in order and to establish propositions (principles). This is the way to gain ground and to progress with certainty. … I hold that the mark of a genuine idea is that its possibility can be proved, either a priori by conceiving its cause or reason, or a posteriori when experience teaches us that it is a fact in nature.”

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) Prussian Enlightenment Philosopher

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-incurred immaturity. Immaturity
is the inability to use one’s own understanding without the guidance of another.
This immaturity is self-incurred if its cause is not lack of understanding, but
lack of resolution and courage to use it without the guidance of another. The
motto of enlightenment is therefore: Sapere aude! Have courage to use your own
understanding!”

Nicolo Machiavelli (1460-1527): Italian Philosopher/Metaphysician, Poet

“For the great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are.”

Epictetus (55-135 A.D.): Old Greek Philosopher/Metaphysician, Student of Zeno

“For what is the end proposed in reasoning? To establish true propositions, to remove the false, to withhold assent from those which are not plain.”

G.W.F. Hegel (1770-1831): German philosopher/metaphysician

“The state of man’s mind, or the elementary phase of mind which he so far possesses, conforms precisely to the state of the world as he so far views it.”

Voltaire (1794-1878 ): French Philosopher/Metaphysician, Writer

“The Jewish nation dares to display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, and revolts against all masters; always superstitious, always greedy for the well-being enjoyed by others, always barbarous – cringing in misfortune and insolent in prosperity”

Tactic & Strategy

Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1835): Prussian Soldier, Military Historian, Military Theorist

“The conqueror is always a lover of peace; he would prefer to take over our country unopposed.”

Sun Tzu (around the year zero): Chinese Military Historian, Military Theorist

“All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.”

History

Tacitus (55-150 a.d.): Roman Historian

“In truth neither from the Samnites, nor from the Carthaginians, nor from both Spains, nor from all the nations of Gaul, have we received more frequent checks and alarms; nor even from the Parthians: for, more vigorous and invincible is the liberty of the Germans than the monarchy of the Arsacides.”

John Beaty: American Historian

“The author of The Iron Curtain Over America has written, or collaborated on, a dozen books. His texts have been used in more than seven hundred colleges and universities, and his historical novel, Swords in the Dawn, published originally in New York, had London and Australian editions, and was adopted for state-wide use in the public schools of Texas. His education (M.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Columbia University; post-graduate study, University of Montpellier, France), his travel in Europe and Asia, and his five years with the Military Intelligence Service in World War II rounded out the background for the reading and research (1946-1951) which resulted in The Iron Curtain Over America.”

Anarchism and other alternative systems

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876): Russian Revolutionary, Anarchist Thinker opposing Marx

“The people, unfortunately, are still very ignorant, and are kept in ignorance by the systematic efforts of all the governments, who consider this ignorance, not without good reason, as one of the essential conditions of their own power.”

P.J. Proudhon (1809-1865): French Philosopher/Metaphysician, Economist, Anarchist Thinker opposing Marx

“I have made every effort to obtain exact information, comparing doctrines, replying to objections, continually constructing equations and reductions from arguments, and weighing thousands of syllogisms in the scales of the most rigorous logic. In this laborious work, I have collected many interesting facts which I shall share with my friends and the public as soon as I have leisure. But I must say that I recognized at once that we had never understood the meaning of these words, so common and yet so sacred: Justice, equity, liberty; that concerning each of these principles our ideas have been utterly obscure; and, in fact, that this ignorance was the sole cause, both of the poverty that devours us, and of all the calamities that have ever afflicted the human race.”

Misc

George Orwell (1903-1950): English Writer, Reporter

“As it is, the aeroplane is primarily a thing for dropping bombs and the radio primarily a thing for whipping up nationalism. Even before the war there was enormously less contact between the peoples of the earth than there had been thirty years earlier, and education was perverted, history re-written and freedom of thought suppressed to an extent undreamed of in earlier ages. And there is no sign whatever of these tendencies being reversed.”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963): English Writer

“A really efficient totalitarian state would be one in which the all-powerful executive of political bosses and their army of managers control a population of slaves who do not have to be coerced, because they love their servitude. To make them love it is the task assigned, in present-day totalitarian states, to ministries of propaganda, newspaper editors and schoolteachers.”

Hervey Cleckley: American Psychologist

“After many years of work in psychiatry as a member of the staff in a closed hospital devoted to the treatment of mental disorders, and after many other years in charge of the psychiatric service in a general hospital, I believe that these curious people referred to as sociopaths or psychopaths, in the vernacular of the ward and the staff room, offer a field of study in personality disorder more baffling and more fascinating than any other.”

“In researching Jewish history, the investigator discovers a wide variance of written material. Work by authors expressly critical of Jews (and they include a surprisingly number of Jewish commentators, mostly “apostates” of one kind or another) is invariably labeled by today’s political conventions to be “anti-Semitic” in nature. There is a large body of such material extending throughout history, written by critics wherever Jews were to be found.”

Hans F.K. Günther (1891-1968): German Scientist with focus on races

“We find, in general, the most confused notions as to how the European peoples are composed of various races. We often hear, for example, a ‘white race’ or a ‘Caucasian race’ spoken of, to which the Europeans are said to belong. But probably, were he asked, no one could tell us what its bodily characteristics are. It is, or should be, quite clear that a ‘race’ must be embodied in a group of human beings each of whom presents the same physical and mental picture. Physical and mental differences, however, are very great, not only within Europe (often called the home of the ‘white’ or ‘Caucasian’ race) and within each of the countries in it, but even within some small district in one of the latter. There is, therefore, no ‘German race,’ or ‘Russian race,’ or ‘Spanish race.’ The terms ‘nation’ and ‘race’ must be kept apart.”

Note

Keep in mind that the truly educated are as superior to the uneducated as the living are to the death. Or even more I would say since our current knowledge does not really allow us to judge about the relation between the state we call “living” and the state we call “death” while it is certain that the educated are indeed superior to the uneducated. Nam Et Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est; knowledge is power, and not just any power, it’s a power they can’t just simply take away from you.

Our brain is the greatest present nature/the god’s (depending on your believes) has/have given to us. As far as our current knowledge goes, we are second to none in points of intelligence. I like the Greek philosopher Epictetus a lot, he viewed himself even equal to the god’s when it came to intelligence. “For as to intelligence you are not inferior to the gods nor less; for the magnitude of intelligence is not measured by length nor yet by height, but by thoughts.”


15 Responses to “Book List – Feed your Mind”

  1. […] “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave” […]

  2. I don’t see it us my job to tell the people on every step what they have to do, or what they should do, it’s more about guiding them to the point were they start thinking for themselves.

    Most people need just a little guidance to find their own way, their own place in life. Guinding people from the darkness of ignorance to the light of truth and knowledge is what is the true job of a philosopher/metaphysiker after all.

    Plato and Epictetus are among the greatest guides to true understanding that ever walked the face of the earth.

  3. […] Book List – Feed your Mind […]

  4. thanks for the website–I have read all of the books yet, but thanks!

  5. Thanks,im looking for Bertrand Russell’s the impact of science on society,you got it?

  6. Greetings, I am a GENOM, thus I have to LEARN. I came across this site and this reading list and I found it kind of one-sided; not that it is wrong or not good – more I think it is uncomplete. I miss “Lun Yü” or anything from Konfuzuius. I can only advise to read and add him and his lectures of vast and grand knowledge coming from observation and research to this list.

  7. Very nice site. I have enjoyed reading what you have and I agree that knowledge and thinking with reason are essential for a people to be free. To understand the cost of freedom effort must be put into learning, reading and thinking. Nice job.

  8. i just blew a head gasket. not from the words ive read, but from the opportune time this webpage has crossed my path. lets all be thankful for any work that was done. plato, the webmaster, all of them deserve equal credit. i knew of the demoralization of the USA before coming to this page, and i could boil all the problems ANYONE was having around me, down to some issue of morality. some side not doing their fair share.

    but i hadnt really imagined how people have actually been brainwashed. i dont watch tv, not even the radio anymore. i will listen to an ipod, but the frequencies of tvs n radios invades my thoughts, i can feel it re-routing synapses lol.

    anyways, godbless, and anyone who understands these great words is truly blessed, for he holds his own mind =)

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