Philosophy Quotes

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
Margaret Thatche
True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
James a. garfield - history is philosophy teaching by example, and...
Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.
Karl Marx
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy... neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardne

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, Discourses
Anon. - philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy...
John adams - i must study politics and war that my sons may...
True philosophy invents nothing it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin
Philosophy is the highest music.
Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
Sydney Harris
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
Thomas Hobbes
Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
Margaret Thatche
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare
We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
Henry David Thoreau
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis
Having a personal philosophy is like having a pet marmoset, because it may be very attractive when you acquire it, but there may be situations when it will not come in handy at all.
Lemony Snicket, A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Grimm Grotto
There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
Albert Camus
Do all the work you can; that is the whole philosophy of the good way of life.
Eugene Delacroix
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... it has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Henry Ward Beeche
The most important principle of divine philosophy is the oneness of the world of humanity, the unity of mankind, the bond conjoining East and West, the tie of love which blends human hearts.
Abdul Baha, April 19, 1912, Earl Hall
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men... the master of superstition is the people and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order.
Francis Bacon
All philosophy lies in two words Sustain and Abstain.
History is philosophy teaching by examples.
Henry St. John Bolingbroke
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.
The incomparable stupidity of life teaches us to love our parents divine philosophy teaches us to forgive them.
Baron de la Brede et de Montesquieu
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
Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
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
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield
On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world - Art, or philosophy, or learning - Regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.
Freya Stark
We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - - what I am is beyond my control - - For the philosophy of responsibility.
Barbara Charline Jordan
My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
Ayn Rand
I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
The agenda of the roadblock is the philosophy of the stop sign.
George W. Bush, Speech (2005)
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Francis Bacon