Thinkers

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Jacques Barzun, a French-American intellectual.

Thinkers or an intellectual is a person who primarily uses intelligence in either a professional or an individual capacity. As a substantive or adjective, it refers to the work product of such persons, to the so-called "life of the mind" generally, or to an aspect of something where learning, erudition, and informed and critical thinking are the focus, as in "the intellectual level of the discourse on the matter was not high".


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  • “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates
  • “The life of man [is] solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” – Thomas Hobbes
  • “To be is to be perceived (Esse est percipi).” Or, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?” – Bishop George Berkeley
  • “The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.” ~ G.W.F. Hegel
  • “Who is also aware of the tremendous risk involved in faith – when he nevertheless makes the leap of faith – this [is] subjectivity … at its height.” – Søren Kierkegaard
  • “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide.” – Albert Camus


  • “One cannot step twice in the same river.” – Heraclitus

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