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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Philosophy:

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.
~ Ambrose Bierce, Epigrams.

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
~ Bertrand Russell.

To live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche.

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.
~ Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670.

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action. And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace.
~ Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, Book X: Pleasure and Happiness, translated by W.D. Ross.

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

Philosophy is nothing but common sense in a dress suit.
~ Author Unknown.

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution.
~ Robert Zend.

Leisure is the mother of Philosophy.
~ Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651.

Philosophy cannot raise the commonalty up to her level: so, if she is to become popular, she must sink to theirs.
~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827.

Philosophy is a state of fermentation, a process without final outcome.
~ Esa Saarinen.

Philosophy is just a hobby. You can't open a philosophy factory.
~ Dewey Selmon.

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck.
~ Immanuel Kant.

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.
~ Aldous Huxley, Themes and Variations, 1950.

Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines.
~ Bertrand Russell.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
~ Ambrose Bierce, The Enlarged Devil's Dictionary.

Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
~ Nicolas Chamfort, Maximes Et Penseés.

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
~ François de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1678.

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