Philosophy Quotes

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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

We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - - what I am is beyond my control - - For the philosophy of responsibility.
Barbara Charline Jordan
Ayn rand - my philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man...
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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

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
Anonymous - philosophy is a game with objectives and no...
Baron de la brede et de montesquieu - the incomparable stupidity of life teaches us to...
I have gained this by philosophy that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
Aristotle
True philosophy invents nothing it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin
Friendship is not necessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
Clive Staples Lewis
Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently.
Anon.
We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.
Henry David Thoreau
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
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
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery.
Henry Mille
To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Life is a gift of the immortal Gods, but living well is the gift of philosophy.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Kahlil Gibran
Europe will never be like America. Europe is a product of history. America is a product of philosophy.
Margaret Thatche
Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments.
Isaac Asimov
The agenda of the roadblock is the philosophy of the stop sign.
George W. Bush, Speech (2005)
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare, "Hamlet", Act 1 scene 5
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
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 Llama
You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
A great philosophy is not one that passes final judgments and establishes ultimate truth. It is one that causes uneasiness and starts commotion.
Charles Peguy
Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the real world since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.
Giacomo Leopardi
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
Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
Thomas Hobbes
Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.
Francis Bacon
Do all the work you can; that is the whole philosophy of the good way of life.
Eugene Delacroix
Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.
Oscar Wilde
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 to the real world as masturbation is to sex.
Karl Marx
History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.
James A. Garfield
Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
Sydney Harris
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare