Philosophy Quotes

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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