Philosophy Quotes

Religion deals in certainties and philosophy deals more in un-answered questions.

Steve Hackett

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

David Hume

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself (for God did not need to create). It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.

C.S. Lewis

You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know.

Maxim Gorky

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 C. Lichtenberg

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

Soren Kierkegaard

IMMORAL, adj. Inexpedient. Whatever in the long run and with regard to the greater number of instances men find to be generally inexpedient comes to be considered wrong, wicked, immoral. If man\'s notions of right and wrong have any other basis than this of expediency; if they originated, or could have originated, in any other way; if actions have in themselves a moral character apart from, and nowise dependent on, their consequences --then all philosophy is a lie and reason a disorder of the mind.

Ambrose Bierce

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.

Socrates

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

Henry Miller

The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.

Simone Weil

The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.

Voltaire

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy

William Shakespeare

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

What is the first business of philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows

Epictetus

Philosophy is the stray camel of the faithful; take hold of it wherever ye come across it

Muhammad

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it

Francis Bacon

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

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things

Epictetus

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant

Edgar Allan Poe

Philosophy is the science which considers truth

Aristotle

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

Epicurus

Never judge a philosophy by its abuse

Saint Augustine

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
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