Philosophy Quotes

How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do

Schopenhauer

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

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently

William Shakespeare

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be n hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.

George Bernard Shaw

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?

Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Marcus Tulius Cicero

Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.

Marcus Tulius Cicero

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

Philosophers are only men in armor after all.

Charles Dickens

The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.

Denis Diderot

Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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

William James

While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work, I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Georg C. Lichtenberg

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

Thomas B. Macaulay

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Francis Bacon

To a philosopher no circumstance, however trifling, is too minute.

Oliver Goldsmith

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere Philosophy.

Sir Thomas Browne

Philosophy should quicken life, not deaden it.

Susan Glaspell

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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