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Charles Dickens
Philosophers are only men in armor after all.
Charles Dickens
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Desiderius Erasmus
As an example of just how useless these philosophers are for any practice in life there is Socrates himself, the one and only wise man, according to the Delphic Oracle. Whenever he tried to do anything in public he had to break off amid general laughter. While he was philosophizing about clouds and ideas, measuring a flea's foot and marveling at a midge's humming, he learned nothing about the affairs of ordinary life.
Desiderius Erasmus
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Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
Georg Christoph
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Henry David Thoreau
What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?
Henry David Thoreau
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Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
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John Keats
Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow.
John Keats
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In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.
Thomas Macaulay
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Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
Diogenes Diogenes of Sinope
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Henry David Thoreau
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
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Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.
Author Unknown
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 Voltaire
When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy.
Voltaire
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William James
I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.
William James
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William James
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
William James
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While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work [Plato's Republic], I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?
Thomas Jefferson
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Samuel Johnson
If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
Samuel Johnson
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We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
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Karl Marx
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.
Karl Marx
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Why, ever since Adam, who has got to the meaning of this great allegory -- the world? Then we pygmies must be content to have out paper allegories but ill comprehended.
Herman Melville
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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,
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There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.
H.L. Mencken,
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How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, but musical as is Apollo's lute, and a perpetual feast of nectared sweets, where no crude surfeit reigns.
John Milton
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Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Actual philosophers... are commanders and law-givers: they say ''thus it shall be!'', it is they who determine the Wherefore and Whither of mankind, and they possess for this task the preliminary work of all the philosophical laborers, of all those who have subdued the past -- they reach for the future with creative hand, and everything that is or has been becomes for them a means, an instrument, a hammer. Their ''knowing'' is creating, their creating is a law giving, their will to truth is -- will to power. Are their such philosophers today? Have there been such philosophers? Must there not be such philosophers?
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Henry Brooks Adams
Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
Henry Brooks Adams
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Henri Frederic Amiel
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
Henri Frederic Amiel
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton,
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Marcus Tullius Cicero
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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