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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

Philosophy is doubt. - Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life. - Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there? - Harold Pinter

Reason, progress, unselfishness, a wide historical perspective, expansiveness, generosity, enlightened self-interest. I had heard it all my life, and it filled me with despair. - Katherine Tait

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

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

Philosophy is the product of wonder. - Alfred North Whitehead

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not. But take note that he proves all these unheard-of paradoxes without any fallacious or sophistical reasoning. - Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind. - George Berkeley

Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny. - Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then. - John Burroughs

Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life. - Dale Carnegie

To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe. - Louis-Ferdinand Celine

There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it. - Marcus T. Cicero

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 Caleb Colton

I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in. - Oliver Edwards

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

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

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve. - James A. Froude

The courage of the truth is the first condition of philosophic study. - Georg Hegel

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

All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to !. What may I hope? - Immanuel Kant

If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind. - Georg C. Lichtenberg

When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers. - Walter Lippmann


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