Chocolate Box Philosophy

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Submitted by Marcus on Wed, 2011-01-19 18:10

"The more you have thought, the more you have done, therefore the longer you have lived."
Immanuel Kant.

Imagine my surprise to find this quote on the inside of a chocolate wrapper.

Can anyone tell me the original source of this quote? I haven't found it on the internet. Perhaps my translation of the German differs from the accepted version?

The original is: "Je mehr du gedacht, je mehr du getan hast, desto länger hast du gelebt."

Peeking ahead there are other quotes in there, one from Aristotle next.

I will reveal one each day. Ideal gift for the intellectual?

The chocolates are called "Ildefonso" and are inspired by a Spanish church in Toledo.

"The history of Ildefonso is not just sweet, but also interesting. It began towards the end of the 18th century. In 1880 the master confectioner, Victor Schmidt, developed the fine recipe of the well-loved layered nougat cube. Whether or not it started off as seven layers of light and dark nougat with a thin layer of chocolate on top and underneath is not known. It was soon to be produced in this form, however, which is why a suitable name for this delicious nougat cube was considered."

http://www.manner.com/en/index...


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Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.

Marcus's picture

"Life can be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."
Soren Kierkegaard

Good advice. Not exactly sure of the source and context though.

Surely nothing that Ayn Rand would dispute.

"The good displeases us, when we are not worthy of it."

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"The good displeases us, when we are not worthy of it."
Friedrich Nietzsce.

Ah, you can't go past Nietzsche.

The master of the worthy philosophical quote.

The original is: "Das Gute missfällt uns, wenn wir ihm nicht gewachsen sind."

Again, does anyone know the source of it and again, I can't find it on the internet in English.

It may be down to my translation though. I may not be worthy.

"We are what we repeatedly do."

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"We are what we repeatedly do."
Aristotle.

When I saw this today, it didn't make sense. When I googled it today though, I saw they left away the context.

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

According to wikiquotes this is in fact, misattributed to Aristotle. Still sounds like something one might find in the Nicomachean Ethics.

Thanks...

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...the part in brackets was excluded from the quote.

"The more you have thought, the more you have done, therefore the longer you have lived (even in your own imagination)."

It follows:

"Such an attitude in life leads to contentment."

Doesn't sound very Kantian, does it?

The quote is from

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The quote is from Anthropologie in pragmatischer Hinsicht:

http://tinyurl.com/66nh4x8

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