There is much to learn from the great philosophers of old—Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Voltaire, Balzac and Descartes—and if you listen carefully, there is also much to learn from our modern-day philosophers.  The words of popular music in this last century are a treasure trove of insightful lessons for life.

Check these out:

  1. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy – The Eagles
  2. Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose, nothing don’t mean nothin’ honey if it ain’t free – Janis Joplin and Kris Kristofferson
  3. I’d rather be a hammer than a nail – Simon and Garfunkel
  4. If we weren’t all crazy we would go insane – Jimmy Buffett
  5. What the world needs now is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of – Dionne Warwick
  6. You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away and know when to run – Kenny Rogers
  7. If I can see it, then I can do it; if I believe it, there’s nothing to it – R. Kelly
  8. And he’s bad, bad Leroy Brown, the badest man in the whole damn town – Jim Croce
  9. Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall, all you have to do is call and I’ll be there, you’ve got a friend – James Taylor
  10. Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay, oh, I believe in yesterday – The Beatles
  11. Your prison is walking through this world all alone – The Eagles
  12. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice – Rush
  13. Optimism is my best defense – Rod Stewart
  14. Thinking is the best way to travel – Moody Blues
  15. We are all just prisoners of our own device – The Eagles
  16. Thunder only happens when it’s raining, players only love you when they’re playing – Fleetwood Mac
  17. Does anyone really know what time it is, does anyone really care – Chicago
  18. As long as I know how to love, I know I’ll stay alive, I’ve got all my life to live, I’ve got all my love to give, and I’ll survive…I will survive – Gloria Gaynor
  19. You don’t tug on Superman’s cape; you don’t spit into the wind; you don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger; and you don’t mess around with Jim – Jim Croce

I hope that will carry you through the week.

(Thanks to my music and philosophy consultant, Judy Hart, for her contributions.)


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  1. Judy Hart

    I can’t believe I got honorable mention. Thanks, Art!

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