Philosophy Quotes

The only secure knowledge is that I exist

Rene Descartes

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it

Marcus Tullius Cicero

An unexamined life is not worth living

Socrates

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all

Stephen Hawking

Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together

Alan Watts

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle

Albert Einstein

My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down

Louisa May Alcott

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

William Shakespeare

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

Voltaire

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

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

Henry Miller

There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies

William Shakespeare

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

If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.

Mark Twain

There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.

Marcus Tulius Cicero

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?

Paul Gauguin

To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.

William James

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

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

The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.

Karl Marx

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

Maxim Gorky

There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.

Albert Camus

My driving philosophy about making music is that you can reduce it all down to one note if that note is played with the right kind of sincerity.

Eric Clapton

I do not have much liking for the too famous existential philosophy, and, to tell the truth, I think its conclusions false.

Albert Camus

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