Philosophy Quotes

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but to so love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust

Henry David Thoreau

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

Karl Marx

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion

Baruch Spinoza

Wonder is the foundation of all philosophy, inquiry the progress, ignorance the end

Michel de Montaigne

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains

Alfred North Whitehead

When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics

Voltaire

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy

Martin L. Gross

Leisure is the mother of Philosophy

Thomas Hobbes

Philosophy is just a hobby. You can't open a philosophy factory

Dewey Selmon

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains

Alfred North Whitehead

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher

Ambrose Bierce

Upon the whole, I am inclined to think that the far greater part, if not all, of those difficulties which have hitherto amused philosophers, and blocked up the way to knowledge, are entirely owing to our selves. That we have first raised a dust, and then complain, we cannot see.

George Berkeley

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace

Aristotle

Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines

Bertrand Russell

If you've never met a student from the University of Chicago, I'll describe him to you. If you give him a glass of water, he says, "This is a glass of water. But is it a glass of water? And if it is a glass of water, why is it a glass of water?" And eventually he dies of thirst.

Shelley Berman

Philosophy is a state of fermentation, a process without final outcome

Esa Saarinen

We come late, if at all, to wine and philosophy: whiskey and action are easier

Mignon McLaughlin

Religion is a man using a divining rod. Philosophy is a man using a pick and shovel

Unknown

I also realized that the philosophers, far from ridding me of my vain doubts, only multiplied the doubts that tormented me and failed to remove any one of them. So I chose another guide and said, Let me follow the Inner Light; it will not lead me so far astray as others have done, or if it does it will be my own fault, and I shall not go so far wrong if I follow my own illusions as if I trusted to their deceits

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung

Zen Saying

Philosophy cannot raise the commonalty up to her level: so, if she is to become popular, she must sink to theirs

Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.

Bertrand Russell

This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.

Bertrand Russell

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