Philosophy Quotes

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

Margaret Thatcher

The purpose of a work of fiction is to appeal to the lingering after-effects in the reader's mind as differing from, say, the purpose of oratory or philosophy which respectively leave people in a fighting or thoughtful mood.


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


When the war closed we were challenged with a peace-time choice between the American system of rugged individualism and a European philosophy of diametrically opposed doctrines - doctrines of paternalism and state socialism.

Herbert Hoover

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.

Bertrand Russell

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.


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
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