Quote by Ludwig Feuerbach
I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.
In this quote, the author emphasizes the importance of approaching teaching and writing from a perspective of "universal man" rather than adhering strictly to the ideas put forth by specific philosophers or systems. The author values the ability to embody philosophy quietly and authentically, rather than engaging in ostentatious displays or arguments. The true excellence of a philosopher lies in their genuine understanding and application of philosophy, rather than in superficial demonstrations or loud debates.
You know from past experiences that whenever you have been driven to the wall, or thought you were, you have extricated yourself in a way which you never would have dreamed possible had you not been put to the test. The trouble is that in your everyday life you don't go deep enough to tap the divine mind within you.