Philosophy Quotes

Philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing

Ambrose Bierce

There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it

Cicero

Intuition does not in itself amount to knowledge, yet cannot be disregarded by philosophers and psychologists

Corliss Lamont

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit

Freda Adler

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education

George Bernard Shaw

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck

Immanuel Kant

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy

Thornton Wilder

If a man's good for nothing else, he can at least teach philosophy.

William James

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

William James

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates

Henry Thoreau

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities

Thomas Paine

Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons - that's philosophy

Aldous Huxley

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain

John Adams

Pragmatism asks its usual question. "Grant an idea or belief to be true," it says, "what concrete difference will its being true make in anyone's actual life? How will the truth be realized? What experiences will be different from those which would obtain if the belief were false? What, in short, is the truth's cash-value in experiential terms?

William James

Why is it that you physicists always require so much expensive equipment? Now the Department of Mathematics requires nothing but money for paper, pencils, and erasers...and the Department of Philosophy is better still. It doesn't even ask for erasers

Isaac Asimov

A hidden connection is stronger than an obvious one

Unknown

Get married, in any case. If you happen to get a good mate, you will be happy; if a bad one, you will become philosophical, which is a fine thing in itself

Socrates

Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools

Unknown

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.

Henry David Thoreau

Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.

Unknown

We should remember that there was once a discipline called natural philosophy. Unfortunately, this discipline seems not to exist today. It has been renamed science, but science of today is in danger of losing much of the natural philosophy aspect.

Hannes Olof Gsta Alfvn

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

Francis Bacon

The use of the divine gift of common sense would teach the opponents of the philosophy that what was shown to be fraud was not spiritualism and that a doctrine that thrives in the midst of the bitterest oppression and grows in the fire of persecution has some measure of truth in its keeping to give it vitality.

Benjamin Fish Austin

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

Aristotle

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