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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Quotes About Philosophy

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
Leisure is the mother of Philosophy. ~Thomas Hobbes
Philosophy is just a hobby. You can’t open a philosophy factory. ~Dewey Selmon
The natural philosophers are mostly gone. We modern scientists are adding too many decimals. ~Martin H. Fischer
My definition of a philosopher is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. ~Louisa May Alcott
Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains. ~Alfred North Whitehead
All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher. ~Ambrose Bierce
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
Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution. ~Robert Zend
Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck. ~Immanuel Kant
Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations. ~Aldous Huxley
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures. ~Nicolas Chamfort
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
To teach how to live with uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy can do. ~Bertrand Russell
Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings. ~John Keats
What is the first business of philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows. ~Epictetus
Philosophy is a state of fermentation, a process without final outcome. ~Esa Saarinen
To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize. ~Blaise Pascal
We come late, if at all, to wine and philosophy: whiskey and action are easier. ~Mignon McLaughlin
Philosophy will clip an angel’s wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine -
Unweave a rainbow.
~John Keats
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it. ~La Rochefoucauld
Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. ~Ambrose Bierce

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