Philosophy Quotes

Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations

Aldous Huxley

To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do

Bertrand Russell

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people

Mark Twain

Philosophy is the product of wonder.

Alfred North Whitehead

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.

Plato

To be nonviolent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of the poor animals is Satan's philosophy. In this age there is always enmity against poor animals, and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. The reaction of the poor animals is being forced on human society, and therefore there is always strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. It does not argue, it simply sings its own song.

Osho

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

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

Charlie Brown

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

The Occultists, however, know that the traditions of Esoteric Philosophy must be the right ones, simply because they are the most logical, and reconcile every difficulty.

H. P. Blavatsky

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

Charlie Brown

That is what the highest criticism really is, the record of one's own soul. It is more fascinating than history, as it is concerned simply with oneself. It is more delightful than philosophy, as its subject is concrete and not abstract, real and not vague. It is the only civilized form of autobiography.

Oscar Wilde

Champagne yes, philosophy no.

Kit Moresby

What yoga philosophy and all the great Buddhist teachings tells us is that solidity is a creation of the ordinary mind and that there never was anything permanent to begin with that we could hold on to. Life would be much easier and substantially less painful if we lived with the knowledge of impermanence as the only constant.

Donna Farhi

Painting is a science and should be pursued as an inquiry into the laws of nature. Why, then, may not a landscape be considered as a branch of natural philosophy, of which pictures are but experiments?

John Constable

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain

Epictetus

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.

John Adams

Nature is my friend. Life is my teacher of philosophy. History is my guide.

Pirapakaran

Whether the human mind can advance or not, is a question too little discussed, for nothing can be more dangerous than to found our social philosophy on any theory which is debatable but has not been debated.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Human knowledge is dark and uncertain; philosophy is dark, astrology is dark, and geometry is dark.

John Jewel

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

Philosophy, is the talk on a cereal box. Religion, is a smile on a dog.

Edie Brickell

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy. It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., abut space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics). It has taught us new methods of thinking (complimentarity), which are applicable far beyond physics.

Max Born
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