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Quotations: Philosophy

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Aristotle

The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded.
Francis Bacon

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Francis Bacon

The relation of this God with this man; the relation of this man with this God--this is the only theme of the Bible and of philosophy.
Karl Barth

For academic men to be happy, the universe would have to take shape. All of philosophy has no other goal: it is a matter of giving a frock coat to what is, a mathematical frock coat. On the other hand, affirming that the universe resembles nothing and is only formless amounts to saying that the universe is something like a spider or spit.
Battaille

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Henry Ward Beecher

The province of philosophy is not so much to prevent calamities befalling as to demonstrate that they are blessings when they have taken place.
Ernest Bramah

Philosophy, while it soothes the reason, damps the ambition.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton

The philosopher is he to whom the highest has descended, and the lowest has mounted up; who is the equal and kindly brother of all.
Thomas Carlyle

Before philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded.
Thomas Carlyle

Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.
Richard Cecil

To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die.
Cicero

O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.
Cicero

Philosophy abounds more than philosophers, and learning more than learned men.
William Benton Clulow

Philosophy is a bully that talks very loud when the danger is at a distance; but the moment she is hard pressed by the enemy she is not to be found at her post, but leaves the brunt of the battle to be borne by her humbler but steadier comrade, Religion.
Charles Caleb Colton

Philosophy is a goddess, whose head indeed is in heaven, but whose feet are upon earth; she attempts more than she accomplishes, and promises more than she performs.
Charles Caleb Colton

What is philosophy? It is something that lightens up, that makes bright.
Victor Cousin

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin

To be a husbandman is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's.
Abraham Cowley

Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism.
Denis Diderot

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
Denis Diderot

I would not think that philosophy and reason themselves will be man's guide in the foreseeable future; however, they will remain the most beautiful sanctuary they have always been for the select few.
Albert Einstein

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.
Epictetus

Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.
Epicurus

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

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
John Kenneth Galbraith

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield

Without philosophy man cannot know what he makes; without religion he cannot know why.
Eric Gill

All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes.
Oliver Goldsmith

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
Oliver Goldsmith

The business of philosophy is to circumnavigate human nature.
Augustus William Hare

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
Thomas Hobbes

The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses.
Eric Hoffer

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
David Hume

Whence? whither? why? how?--these questions cover all philosophy.
Joseph Joubert

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Philosophy is the rational expression of genius.
Alphonse de Lamartine

A true philosopher is beyond the reach of fortune.
Walter Savage Landor

Religion is the eldest sister of philosophy: on whatever subjects they may differ, it is unbecoming in either to quarrel, and most so about their inheritance.
Walter Savage Landor

True philosophy is that which renders us to ourselves, and all others who surround us, better, and at the same time more content, more patient, more calm and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment.
Johann Kaspar Lavater

It not seldom happens that in the purposeless rovings and wanderings of the imagination we hunt down such game as can be put to use by our purposeful philosophy in its well-ordered household.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. And scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Archaeology is the search for fact... not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall.
George Lucas

Philosophy first constructs a scheme of happiness and then tries to fit the world to it.
Henry Louis Mencken

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

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

The Christian religion, rightly understood, is the deepest and choicest price of philosophy.
Thomas Moore

A pipe is a pocket philosopher,--a truer one than Socrates, for it never asks questions. Socrates must have been very tiresome, when one thinks of it.
Ouida

To scorn philosophy is truly to philosophize.
Blaise Pascal

To ridicule philosophy is truly philosophical.
Blaise Pascal

Philosophy is the art of living.
Plutarch

Make philosophy thy journey, theology thy journey's end: philosophy is a pleasant way, but dangerous to him that either tires or retires; in this journey it is safe neither to loiter nor to rest, till thou hast attained thy journey's end; he that sits down a philosopher rises up an atheist.
Francis Quarles

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
Bertrand Russell

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it.
Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is the replacement of category-habits by category-disciplines.
Gilbert Ryle

In Kyudo philosophy, you don't aim--you become one with the target. Then, in fact, there's nothing to aim at. I find it works well with women, too. Give it a try.
Martin Sage

Philosophers are as jealous as women; each wants a monopoly of praise.
George Santayana

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.
Charles M. Schulz

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.
Charles M. Schulz

Philosophy is nothing but Discretion.
John Selden

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
George Bernard Shaw

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Thatcher

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau

I went off to college planning to major in math or philosophy-- of course, both those ideas are really the same idea.
Frank Wilczek

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Oprah Winfrey

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

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