Philosophy Quotes

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Just as eating cow meat doesn't turn you into a cow, studying philosophy doesn't make you wiser.
Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy.


The unexamined life isn't worth living.


Philosophizing is a process of making sense out of experience.
Philosophy's work is finding the shortest path between two points.
Philosophy is the love of wisdom: Christianity is the wisdom of love.

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Philosophy is life's dry-nurse, who can take care of us—but not suckle us.
A wise man weaves a philosophy out of each acceptance life forces upon him.
For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.


In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.
The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy, but they were listening in gibberish.


Spiritually, a man's thoughts must be the building in which he lives—otherwise it is wrong.


Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.
Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.


Generally speaking, the errors of religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

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Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
The essence of philosophy is the abandonment of all authority in favor of individual human reason.

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Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.


It is lacking in critical thinking to think that studying philosophy will improve your critical thinking.

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People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

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Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and saying it all again.


Philosophy is called upon to compensate for the frustrations of politics and, more generally, of life itself.
Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.


Just as philosophy is the study of other people's misconceptions, so history is the study of other people's mistakes.


Philosophy directs us first to seek the goods of the mind, and the rest will either be supplied, or are not much wanted.
The philosopher has no objections to a physicist's beliefs, so long as they are not advanced in the form of a philosophy.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.


Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

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must ultimately find
their true perfection
in knowing all
the follies of mankind
-- by introspection.


Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
"Philosopher" is Greek for "lover of wisdom." How many students have longed for some philosophers to be, with equal dedication, "haters of obscurity."
You philosophers are lucky men.  You write on paper and paper is patient.  Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.


Philosophy means thinking things out for oneself.  Ultimately, there can be only one true philosophy, since reason is one and we all live in the same world.
The great difficulty in philosophy is to come to every question with a mind fresh and unshackled by former theories, though strengthened by exercise and information.
A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all—he's walking on them.

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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.
Philosophy is a more intense sort of experience than common life is, just as pure and subtle music, heard in retirement, is something keener and more intense than the howling of storms or the rumble of cities.
The quarrels of theologians and philosophers have not been about religion, but about philosophy; and philosophers not unfrequently seem to entertain the same feeling toward theologians that sportsmen cherish toward poachers.