Daily Philosophy

“The pusillanimous man is one who, though deserving, deprives himself of the advantages that he deserves, and through not claiming his deserts conveys the impression of having some defect, and even of not knowing his own quality – because otherwise he would have tried to secure his deserts, being to his advantage. Such people are regarded not as foolish but rather as diffident; and having this sort of reputation seems to make them even worse; for people of every kind try to secure what they are entitled to, and these hold back from fine actions and pursuits and similarly from external goods, because they feel unworthy of them. Conceited people, on the other hand, are foolish, being ignorant of their own limitations, and that quite obviously; because they attempt honorable undertakings for which they are not qualified, and then are exposed as incompetent. Also, they are affected in their dress and manner and so on. And they want their successes to be noticed, and make them the subject of their talk, hoping in this way to win respect. Pusillanimity is more opposed to magnanimity than vanity because it is both a more common fault and a worse one. Magnanimity is concerned with honor on the grand scale, as we have said.” – Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“The price-form, however, is not only compatible with the possibility of a quantitative incongruity between the magnitude of value and price, i.e. between the magnitude of value and its own expression in money, but it may also harbor a qualitative contradiction, with the result that price ceases altogether to express value, despite the fact that money is nothing but the value-form of commodities. Things which in and for themselves are not commodities, things such as conscience, honor, etc., can be offered for sale by their holders, and thus acquire the form of commodities through their price. Hence a thing can, formally speaking, have a price without having a value. The expression of price is in this case imaginary, like certain quantities in mathematics. On the other hand, the imaginary price-form may also conceal a real value-relation or one derived from it, as for instance the price of uncultivated land, which is without value because no human labor is objectified in it.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware that he exists. Next best is a leader who is loved. Next, the one who is feared. The worst is one who is despised.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Capital therefore takes no account of the health and the length of life of the worker unless society forces it to do so.” – Karl Marx, Capital

“The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive – a definition that invalidates man’s consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“It has been objected that upon the abolition of private property all work will cease, and universal laziness will overtake us.” – Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto

“I recognize that government is an evil. It always means the employment of force against our fellowman, and – at the very best – his subjection, over a larger or smaller extent of the field of conduct, to the will of a majority of his fellow-citizens. But if this organized or regularized interference were utterly abolished, he would not escape from aggression. He would, in such a society as ours, be liable to far more violence and fraud, which would be a much worse evil than the intervention of government needs be. But when government pushes its interference beyond the point of maintaining the widest liberty equally for all citizens, it is itself the aggressor, and none the less so because its motives are good.” – Benjamin Tucker, Instead of a Book

“It would be the saddest sign of decay of a period if the impetus to a higher spiritual achievement lay only in the increased wage. If this criterion had been the sole determinant in the world up to now, humanity would never have received its greatest scientific and cultural treasures. For the greatest inventions, the greatest discoveries, the most revolutionary scientific work, the most magnificent monuments of human culture, have not been given to the world through the urge for money. On the contrary, their birth not seldom meant positive renunciation of the earthly happiness of riches.” – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

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