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Philosophers And Philosophy Quotes

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole, in the building: posterity discovers it in the bricks with which he built and which are then often used again for better building: in the fact, that is to say, that building can be destroyed and nonetheless possess value as material.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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 Voltaire
The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.
Voltaire
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Dale Carnegie
Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life.
Dale Carnegie
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Lord Byron
Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates -- but pages might be filled up, as vainly as before, with the sad usage of all sorts of sages, who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore! The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages.
Lord Byron
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Karl Marx
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
Karl Marx
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Mark Twain
If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
Mark Twain
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St. Aquinas
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
St. Aquinas
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Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
Friedrich Hegel
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Soren Kierkegaard
Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.
Soren Kierkegaard
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Philosophy may be dodged, eloquence cannot.
Edgar Quinet
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William Butler Yeats
Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.
William Butler Yeats
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William James
Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
William James
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The ultimate triumph of philosophy would be to cast light upon the mysterious ways in which Providence moves to achieve the designs it has for man.
Marquis De Sade
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Charles Colton,
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
Charles Colton,
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The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.
Simone Weil
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
James Froude
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There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.
Marie Maistre
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Plato
Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
Plato
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Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.
Proverb Proverbs
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Oliver Goldsmith
There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. Fontenelle says he would undertake to persuade the whole public of readers to believe that the sun was neither the cause of light or heat, if he could only get six philosophers on his side.
Oliver Goldsmith
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Mel Brooks
Look, I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.
Mel Brooks
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I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.
Ludwig Feuerbach
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 Epictetus
If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.
Epictetus
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Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Alfred Whitehead
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Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
Alfred Whitehead
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Arthur Schopenhauer
How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
Arthur Schopenhauer
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Bertrand Russell
Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never.
Bertrand Russell
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Blaise Pascal
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
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