Philosophy Quotes

In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.

Thomas B. Macaulay

If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow.

John Keats

Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.

William James

I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.

William James

Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.

Charles Caleb Colton

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

Marcus Tulius Cicero

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher

Blaise Pascal

Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

Iris Murdoch

In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.

Iris Murdoch

Philosophy is doubt.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

Albert Camus
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