Philosophy Quotes

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

A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing

Ambrose Bierce

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

Bertrand Russell

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

Aldous Huxley

Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution

Robert Zend

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

When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth

Albert Einstein

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed

Blaise Pascal

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one

Albert Einstein

Never judge a philosophy by its abuse

Saint Augustine

All men desire to know


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


Philosophy is the science which considers truth


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

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


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

According to the saying of an ancient philosopher, one should eat to live, and not live to eat


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

Francis Bacon

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity

Ludwig Wittgenstein

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people's minds

Frank Zappa

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


The natural philosophers are mostly gone. We modern scientists are adding too many decimals

Martin H. Fischer

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


So much of political philosophy throughout history has consisted of concocting reasons why people have a duty to be tame animals in politicians cages.

James Bovard

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