The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.
The price we have paid for expecting to be so much more than our ancestors is a perpetual anxiety that we are far from being all we might be.
Far from rejecting outright any hierarchy of success or failure, philosophy instead reconfigures the judging process, lending legitimacy to theidea that themainstream value system may unfairly consign some people to disgrace and others to respectability.
It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
In their different ways, art and philosophy help us, in Schopenhauer's words, to turn pain into knowledge.
Philosophy had supplied Socrates with convictions in which he had been able to have rational, as opposed to hysterical, confidence when faced with disapproval.