Quotations The Best Quotes About Philosophers And Philosophy  

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We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do. Francis Bacon

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Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society. Anita Brookner

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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher. Ambrose Bierce

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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it. Albert Camus

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The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record. Henri-Frédéric Amiel

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Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom. Cicero

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Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems. Henry Adams

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Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder. Thomas Aquinas

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All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.

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If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers. Frederick II of Prussia

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To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe. Louis-Ferdinand Céline

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A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. Ambrose Bierce

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Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates -- but pages might be filled up, as vainly as before, with the sad usage of all sorts of sages, who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore! The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

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The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men. G. K. Chesterton

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A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice. G. K. Chesterton

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Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand. Elias Canetti

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One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then. John Burroughs

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There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that it has not been said by one philosopher or another. René Descartes

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There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. Cicero

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The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers. Denis Diderot

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And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it. John Donne

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Philosophers are only men in armor after all. Charles Dickens

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There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side. Oliver Goldsmith

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Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life. Dale Carnegie

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If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before. Epictetus

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Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The courage of the truth is the first condition of philosophic study. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment. Søren Kierkegaard

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Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery. Henry Miller

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Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love. Karl Marx

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To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking. William James

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Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion. Charles Caleb Colton

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Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself. H. L. Mencken

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Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve. James Anthony Froude

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The philosopher must station themselves in the middle. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open. Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.

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There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies. William Shakespeare

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Philosophy is nothing but discretion. John Selden

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Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors. Jim Rohn

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"Grab reality by the balls and squeeze." Janet Morris

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We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds. William James

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Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits. William James

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While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work -- Plato's Republic, I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this? Thomas Jefferson

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Gods and politics are the tools with which the godless and unprincipled manipulate the gullible." Janet Morris

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All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope? Immanuel Kant

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Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow. John Keats