Philosophical Quotes

A man with one watch knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never quite sure. Lee Segall


Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. Lewis Carrol, Alice in Wonderland


Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. Andre Gide


Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. Aesop


Only that in you which is me can hear what I'm saying. Baba Ram Dass


I am a part of all that I have met. Alfred Lord Tennyson


There's more to the truth than just the facts. Author Unknown


The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer. Edward R. Murrow


Even a clock that does not work is right twice a day. Polish Proverb


Losing an illusion makes you wiser than finding a truth. Ludwig Börne


If a man who cannot count finds a four-leaf clover, is he lucky? Stanislaw J. Lec


We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it. Albert Szent-Györgyi


Sometimes it's necessary to go a long distance out of the way in order to come back a short distance correctly. Edward Albee


When the student is ready, the master appears. Buddhist Proverb


A gun gives you the body, not the bird. Henry David Thoreau


Before enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment - chop wood, carry water. Zen Buddhist Proverb


Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau


Wars and elections are both too big and too small to matter in the long run. The daily work - that goes on, it adds up. Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams


I tell you everything that is really nothing, and nothing of what is everything, do not be fooled by what I am saying. Please listen carefully and try to hear what I am not saying. Charles C. Finn


Oh, Heaven, it is mysterious, it is awful to consider that we not only carry a future Ghost within us; but are, in very deed, Ghosts! Thomas Carlyle


Knock on the sky and listen to the sound. Zen Saying


The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? Chuang Tzu


By daily dying I have come to be. Theodore Roethke


There are some remedies worse than the disease. Publilius Syrus


Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God. - Sir Francis Bacon


If an angel were ever to tell us anything of his philosophy I believe many propositions would sound like 2 times 2 equals 13. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


Music is a higher revelation than philosophy. - Ludwig Van Beethoven


Socrates was the first to call philosophy down from the heavens and to place it in cities, and even to introduce it into homes and compel it to inquire about life and standards and goods and evils. - Cicero [Marcus Tullius Cicero]


Friendship is not necessary, like philosophy, like art, It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. - C. S. Lewis


Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. - Sir Winston Churchill


We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. - Martin L. Gross


The writer has a grudge against society, which he documents with accounts of unsatisfying sex, unrealised ambition, unmitigated loneliness, and a sense of local and global distress. The square, overpopulation, the bourgeois, the bomb and the cocktail party are variously identified as sources of the grudge. There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born. - Renata Adler


True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is. - Victor Cousin


Like many students, I found the drudgery of real experiments and the slowness of progress a complete shock, and at my low points I contemplated other alternative careers including study of the philosophy or sociology of science.-Paul Nurse

Marriage is a team effort. Both of us share that philosophy.-Nick Lachey


I'm a layperson. I barely got out of high school. I have no business telling people what to do or my big philosophy on life. I'm certainly not going to write any sort of memoir.-Jamie Lee Curtis


There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.-Eugene Ionesco


Philosophy of science without history of science is empty; history of science without philosophy of science is blind.-Imre Lakatos


I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class.-Tim Robbins


My philosophy is, don't take no for an answer and be willing to sacrifice your entire project for freedom.-Tim Robbins


My philosophy of dating is to just fart right away.-Jenny McCarthy


Punk rock really came out of N.Y. as a philosophy before the groups were ever recorded. I had a kind-of intellectual interest in the idea of creating a new scene that could be a grassroots thing.-Greg Ginn


The proverbial philosophy of a people helps us to understand more about them than any other kind of literature.-Lafcadio Hearn


In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.-Dean Inge


In fact - statistically, as you know - people have done polls, research, and at least 80 percent or more or working media are liberal Democrats if they are involved with any party and certainly liberal in their philosophy.-Pat Boone


The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's.-Dean Inge


The questions of philosophy proper are human desires and fears and aspirations - human emotions - taking an intellectual form.-Chauncey Wright


Buddhism has become a socially recognized religious philosophy for Americans, whereas it used to be considered an exotic religion.-Thurston Moore


The band has a liberal philosophy - that's sort of a given.-Thurston Moore


Like the winds that we come we know not whence and blow whither soever they list, the forces of society are derived from an obscure and distant origin. They arise before the date of philosophy, from the instincts, not the speculations of men.-Adam Ferguson


I wanted a theory that would allow one to live outside the office with the same philosophy one uses inside it.-Kenneth L. Pike


If I were to adopt pure mechanism as a philosophy, there would be no way I could choose to be a scholar.-Kenneth L. Pike


There is no shorter path for joining a neutral existential anthropology, according to philosophy, with the existential decision before God, according to the Bible.-Paul Ricoeur


Men are not allowed to think freely about chemistry and biology: why should they be allowed to think freely about political philosophy?-Auguste Comte


Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.-George Gurdjieff


In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine, law, or philosophy.-Bela Lugosi


It's a kind of philosophy of my own life, to create the energy enough to keep on going.-Ernie Banks


The person that turns over the most rocks wins the game. And that's always been my philosophy.-Peter Lynch


Drama is action, sir, action and not confounded philosophy.-Luigi Pirandello


The food we ate was Indian, and both my mother and father were very deep into the ancient philosophy of India, so it could well have been an Indian household.-Amar Bose


The service of philosophy, of speculative culture, towards the human spirit, is to rouse, to startle it to a life of constant and eager observation.-Walter Pater


The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.-John Berger


The highest point of philosophy is to be both wise and simple; this is the angelic life.-John Chrysostom


Gandhi became my role model. I have always been interested in Eastern philosophy. Since early in my life I've been fascinated by India, and I have spent a great deal of time traveling in that country.-Bianca Jagger


The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is essential. Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy ultimately serves their better nderstanding.-Karl Jaspers


If philosophy is practice, a demand to know the manner in which its history is to be studied is entailed: a theoretical attitude toward it becomes real only in the living appropriation of its contents from the texts.-Karl Jaspers


The history of philosophy is not, like the history of the sciences, to be studied with the intellect alone. That which is receptive in us and that which impinges upon us from history is the reality of man's being, unfolding itself in thought.-Karl Jaspers


Philosophy is tested and characterised by the way in which it appropriates its history.-Karl Jaspers


Philosophy can only be approached with the most concrete comprehension.-Karl Jaspers


Philosophy as practice does not mean its restriction to utility or applicability, that is, to what serves morality or produces serenity of soul.-Karl Jaspers


As a universal history of philosophy, the history of philosophy must become one great unity.-Karl Jaspers


Only then, approaching my fortieth birthday, I made philosophy my life's work.-Karl Jaspers


At the present moment, the security of coherent philosophy, which existed from Parmenides to Hegel, is lost.-Karl Jaspers


Hard distinctions make bad philosophy.-John McCarthy


Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.-Albert Pike


In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.-Henry Ellis


We have no firm hold on any knowledge or philosophy that can lift us out of our difficulties.-Anne Sullivan Macy


While I am interested both in economics and in philosophy, the union of my interests in the two fields far exceeds their intersection.-Amartya Sen


And the political system is changing rapidly in this country, and we better realize that. The elephants or donkeys are not what younger people look to. They look at individual candidates' philosophy, and I think it's a different time and a different generation.-Richard M. Daley


I enjoy getting things done. My philosophy is the edge, the edge of something. There's where we have to go in local government, in not only the philosophy but the creativity in people around you. They have to go to the edge.-Richard M. Daley


No philosophy, no religion, has ever brought so glad a message to the world as this good news of Atheism.-Annie Besant


You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know.-Maxim Gorky


When I'm not writing, I read loads of fiction, but I've been writing quite constantly lately so I've been reading a lot of nonfiction - philosophy, religion, science, history, social or cultural studies.-Irvine Welsh


Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.-Jerzy Kosinski


Ayurveda is a sister philosophy to yoga. It is the science of life or longevity and it teaches about the power and the cycles of nature, as well as the elements.-Christy Turlington


The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection.-William Godwin


St. Paul would say to the philosophers that God created man so that he would seek the Divine, try to attain the Divine. That is why all pre-Christian philosophy is theological at its summit.-Hans Urs von Balthasar


Without the communist oppression, I am absolutely sure I would now be a local stupid professor of philosophy in Ljubljana.-Slavoj Zizek


History is Philosophy teaching by examples.-Thucydides


Contradiction was something I really like when it is embraced in that kind of philosophy.-Jim Jarmusch


In coming to that agreement, my party had a clear philosophy throughout. In Northern Ireland, we should have institutions that respected the differences of the people and that gave no victory to either side.-John Hume


The violence had broken out in both sides, but our philosophy as a party was very, very clear.-John Hume


Science may eventually explain the world of How. The ultimate world of Why may remain for contemplation, philosophy, religion.-Liberty Hyde Bailey


Indeed heresies are themselves instigated by philosophy.-Tertullian


The philosophy behind much advertising is based on the old observation that every man is really two men - the man he is and the man he wants to be.-William Feather


We must exchange the philosophy of excuse - what I am is beyond my control for the philosophy of responsibility.-Barbara Jordan


One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.-John Burroughs


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


When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man's name live for thousands of years.-Denis Diderot


Skepticism is the first step on the road to philosophy.-Denis Diderot


The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.-Denis Diderot


Ronald Reagan was a president of strength. His philosophy was a philosophy of strength - a strong military, a strong economy and strong families.-Mitt Romney


I majored in Chinese. I was never really good at Chinese but I really, really benefited from having been exposed to Asian philosophy early in my life.-Martha Beck


Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers.-John Churton Collins


Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things; and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is.-Daniel Boone


It's kind of not about the quality of the art, as much as this is what I love doing and I'd have a worse time doing anything else. That's kind of as far as I think in terms of philosophy.-Jonny Greenwood


Philosophy is the product of wonder.-Alfred North Whitehead


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


Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.-Alfred North Whitehead


The philosophy of protectionism is a philosophy of war.-Ludwig von Mises


I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.-Carol Leifer


It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy, e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false; and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question, which is the true one.-Morris Raphael Cohen

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