Inspirational Harry Frankfurt Quotes For Success In Life

Harry Gordon Frankfurt is an American philosopher. He is a professor emeritus of philosophy at Princeton University, where he taught from 1990 until 2002. Frankfurt has also taught at Yale University, Rockefeller University, and Ohio State University. These Harry Frankfurt quotes will motivate you in life.

Best Harry Frankfurt Quotes

  1. “The bullshitter is neither on the side of the true or the side of the false. His eye is not on the facts at all. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  2. “Recognizing truth requires selflessness. You have to leave yourself out of it so you can find out the way things are in themselves, not the way they look to you or how you feel about them or how you would like them to be.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  3. “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  4. “Someone who lies and someone who tells the truth are playing on opposite sides, so to speak, in the same game. Each response to the facts as he understands them, although the response of the one is guided by the authority of the truth, while the response of the other defies that authority and refuses to meet its demands. The bullshitter ignores these demands altogether. He does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  5. “Bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.” ~ Harry Frankfurt

  6. “The fact about himself that the liar hides is that he is attempting to lead us away from a correct apprehension of reality; we are not to know that he wants us to believe something he supposes to be false. The fact about himself that the bullshitter hides, on the other hand, is that the truth-values of his statements are of no central interest to him . . . He does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly. He just picks them out, or makes them up, to suit his purpose.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  7. “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern or attracted much-sustained inquiry. In consequence, we have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  8. “It is only because a person has volitions of the second-order that he is capable both of enjoying and of lacking freedom of the will.” ~ Harry Frankfurt

  9. “There are significant relationships, of course, between wanting things and caring about them…The notion of caring is in large part constructed out of the notion of desire. Caring about something maybe, in the end, nothing more than a certain complex mode of wanting it. However, simply attributing desire to a person does not in itself convey that the person cares about the object he desires.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  10. “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. A person who lies is thereby responding to the truth, and he is to that extent respectful of it.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  11. “Bullshit is unavoidable whenever circumstance requires someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  12. “Bullshit is unavoidable when circumstances require someone to talk without knowing what he is talking about. Thus, the production of bullshit is stimulated whenever a person’s obligations or opportunities to speak about some topic exceed his knowledge of the facts that are relevant to that topic. This discrepancy is common in public life, where people are frequently impelled whether by their own propensities or by the demands of others – to speak extensively about matters of which they are to some degree ignorant.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  13. “I was raised in Brooklyn and in Baltimore. My father was a bookkeeper. When I was 36 years old, my mother told me I was adopted.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  14. “As a philosopher, I’m not obliged to explore every unknown wilderness.” ~ Harry Frankfurt
  15. “I used to teach at Yale, which was at one time a center of postmodernist literary theory. Derrida was there. Paul de Man was there.” ~ Harry Frankfurt

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