Philosophers And Philosophy Quotes

71 Philosophers And Philosophy quotes:

"Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits."
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"What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?"
"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."
"To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking."
"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?"
"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."
"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."
"Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought."
"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."
"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."
"Bad philosophers may have a certain influence; good philosophers, never."
"Philosophers are only men in armor after all."
"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."
"For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently."
"There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies."
"If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons."
"First it is ridiculed,Second it is violently opposed,-finally it is accepted as self evident"
"The pursuit of what is true and the practice of what is good are the two most important objects of philosophy."
"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."
"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."

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