Philosophy Quotes

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Cicero

I went off to college planning to major in math or philosophy-- of course, both those ideas are really the same idea.

Frank Wilczek

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

H. L. Mencken

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.

Rene Descartes

All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.

Samuel Butler

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.

Thomas Hobbes

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is

Victor Cousin

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.

William James

Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life.

Dale Carnegie

Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

Karl Marx

Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

Henry Brooks Adams

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.

Francis Bacon

Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny

Edward G. Bulwer

Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates -- but pages might be filled up, as vainly as before, with the sad usage of all sorts of sages, who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore! The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages.

Lord Byron

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

Albert Camus

There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.

Henry Louis Mencken

Philosophy is doubt.

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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

Iris Murdoch

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

Iris Murdoch

Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Blaise Pascal

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never

Bertrand Russell

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

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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