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I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.
- Feuerbach, Ludwig
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Best Quotes about Philosophers and philosophy

1.
The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole, in the building: posterity discovers it in the bricks with which he built and which are then often used again for better building: in the fact, that is to say, that building can be destroyed and nonetheless possess value as material.
Nietzsche, Friedrich

2.
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.
Schopenhauer, Arthur

3.
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
Frederick The Great, (Frederick II)

4.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
Chamfort, Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De

5.
There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.
Maistre, Joseph De

6.
What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
Berkeley, George

7.
Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.
Seneca

8.
Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig

9.
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

10.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
Diogenes of Sinope

11.
Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.
Kierkegaard, S°ren

12.
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
Stevens, Wallace

13.
The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. -- The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig

14.
The philosophic spirit of inquiry may be traced to brute curiosity, and that to the habit of examining all things in search of food.
Reade, W. Winwood

15.
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
Amiel, Henri Frederic

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

17.
If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
Johnson, Samuel

18.
One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.
Burroughs, John

19.
Plato was a bore.
Nietzsche, Friedrich

20.
Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
Whitehead, Alfred North

21.
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.
Goldsmith, Oliver

22.
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.
Tait, Katherine

23.
Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
Hegel, Georg

24.
The ultimate triumph of philosophy would be to cast light upon the mysterious ways in which Providence moves to achieve the designs it has for man.
Sade, Marquis De

25.
Philosophers call God the great unknown The great misknown is more like it!
Roux, Joseph

26.
The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
Chesterton, Gilbert K.

27.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
Cicero, Marcus T.

28.
To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
Celine, Louis-Ferdinand

29.
Actual philosophers... are commanders and law-givers: they say thus it shall be!, it is they who determine the Wherefore and Whither of mankind, and they possess for this task the preliminary work of all the philosophical laborers, of all those who have subdued the past -- they reach for the future with creative hand, and everything that is or has been becomes for them a means, an instrument, a hammer. Their knowing is creating, their creating is a law giving, their will to truth is -- will to power. Are their such philosophers today? Have there been such philosophers? Must there not be such philosophers?
Nietzsche, Friedrich

30.
Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle -- the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative.
Popper, Karl

31.
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
Lippmann, Walter

32.
Philosophy is an elegant thing, if anyone modestly meddles with it; but if they are conversant with it more than is becoming, it corrupts them.
Plato

33.
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
Miller, Henry

34.
There is today-in a time when old beliefs are withering-a kind of philosophical hunger, a need to know who we are and how we got here. It is an on-going search, often unconscious, for a cosmic perspective for humanity.
Sagan, Carl Edward

35.
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
Brookner, Anita

36.
We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
Lichtenberg, Georg C.

37.
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.
Erasmus, Desiderius

38.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full and scratch where it itches.
Longworth, Alice Roosevelt

39.
Apart from the known and the unknown, what else is there?
Pinter, Harold

40.
Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Whitehead, Alfred North

41.
And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
Donne, John

42.
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 do? 3. What may I hope?
Kant, Immanuel

43.
Bishop Berkeley destroyed this world in one volume octavo; and nothing remained, after his time, but mind; which experienced a similar fate from the hand of Mr. Hume in 1737.
Smith, Sydney

44.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
James, William

45.
In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.
Murdoch, Iris

46.
Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution.
Zend, Robert

47.
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.
Pascal, Blaise

48.
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
Cicero, Marcus T.

49.
If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
Lichtenberg, Georg C.

50.
A writer must always try to have a philosophy and he should also have a psychology and a philology and many other things. Without a philosophy and a psychology and all these various other things he is not really worthy of being called a writer. I agree with Kant and Schopenhauer and Plato and Spinoza and that is quite enough to be called a philosophy. But then of course a philosophy is not the same thing as a style.
Stein, Gertrude


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