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Philosophy quotes and quotations

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
Bertrand Russell

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
Denis Diderot

The Beginning of Philosophy . . . is a Consciousness of your own Weakness and inability in necessary things.
Epictetus

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

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 ridicule philosophy is truly philosophical.
Blaise Pascal

Philosophy is the replacement of category-habits by category-disciplines.
Gilbert Ryle

Philosophy is nothing but Discretion.
John Selden

This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.
Bertrand Russell

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.
Charles M. Schulz

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.
Cicero

I went off to college planning to major in math or philosophy-- of course, both those ideas are really the same idea.
Frank Wilczek

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 a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.
Rene Descartes

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.
William James

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
William Shakespeare

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
Francis Bacon

Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angels--but alas! We see thee like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step,--dull slumbering on the earth.
Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

Beside, he was a shrewd philosopher, And had read ev'ry text and gloss over Whate'er the crabbed'st author hath, He understood b' implicit faith.
Samuel Butler (1)

Before philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded.
Thomas Carlyle

O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
Oliver Goldsmith

How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh, and crabbed, as full fools suppose, But musical as is Apollo's lute, And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets, Where no crude surfeit reigns.
John Milton

Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.
Richard Feynman

All philosophies, if you ride them, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
Samuel Butler

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
Thomas Hobbes

Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fund doing it?
Charles Connolly

Benevolence alone will not make a teacher, nor will learning alone do it. The gift of teaching is a peculiar talent, and implies a need and a craving in the teacher himself. - Memories and Milestones.
John Jay Chapman

It is easy to build a philosophy--it doesn't have to run.
Charles F. Kettering

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
Epictetus

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
Bertrand Russell

That stone, . . . Philosophers in vain so long have sought.
John Milton

I'll give thee armor to keep off that word; Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy, To comfort thee, though thou art banished.
William Shakespeare

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
George Bernard Shaw

Clearness marks the sincerity of philosophers.
Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

Why should not grave Philosophy be styled. Herself, a dreamer of a kindred stock, A dreamer, yet more spiritless and dull?
William Wordsworth

Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
Francis Bacon

I am sure it is one's duty as a teacher to try to show boys that no opinions, no tastes, no emotions are worth much unless they are one's own. I suffered acutely as a boy from the lack of being shown this. - The Upton Letters.
A. C. Benson

Philosophy: unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
Henry Brooks Adams

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
Henry Ward Beecher

The bosom-weight, your stubborn gift, That no philosophy can lift.
William Wordsworth

A timid question will always receive a confident answer.
Lord Darling

Facts often contradict with truths.
David H.k. Leung

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy. - What We Live By.
Ernest Dimnet

If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically.
Jean-paul Satre

... I believe the best test of a model is how well can the modeler answer the questions what do you know now that you did not know before? and how can you find out if it is true?
Jim Bower

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.
E. W. Dijkstra

A wise man will live as much within his wit as within his income.
Lord Chesterfield

Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.
Noel Coward

Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?
Seneca

Every clarification breeds new questions.
Arthur Bloch

Philosophy is a study that lets us be unhappy more intelligently.
Anonymous

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

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.
Decouvertes

No stream rises higher than its source. What ever man might build could never express or reflect more than he was.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Any fool can say he is wise but only someone wise can admit he is a fool.
Michael Reed

The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions.
Anthony Jay

Philosophy is the science which considers truth.
Aristotle

If you do not ask the right questions, you do not get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the A-B-C of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.
Edward Hodnett

The question to everyone's answer is usually asked from within.
Steve Miller