Philosophy Quotes

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know

Bertrand Russell

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

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness

Dalai Lama

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next

Henry Ward Beecher

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

John W. Gardner

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands


History is Philosophy teaching by examples.


Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned


What do you know and how do you know it

Ayn Rand

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy

Albert Camus

No sooner do we depart from sense and instinct to follow reason but we are insensibly drawn into uncouth paradoxes, difficulties, and inconsistencies, which multiply and grow upon us as we advance in speculation; till at length, having wandered through many intricate mazes, we find ourselves just where we were, or, which is worse, sit down in a forlorn scepticism

George Berkeley

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language

Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings

John Keats

Philosophy is nothing but common sense in a dress suit


If everybody contemplates the infinite instead of fixing the drains, many of us will die of cholera

John Rich

To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher

Friedrich Nietzsche

Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures

Nicolas Chamfort

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it

La Rochefoucauld

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker

Charles M. Schulz

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

Francis Bacon

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

Samuel Butler

Plato was a bore

Friedrich Nietzsche

The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries

Blaise Pascal

I have tried in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.

Oliver Edwards

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Updated On : March 11, 2014
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