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100 Quotes About Philosophy

Colleen, a lover of the written word, has a master's degree in English literature and enjoys finding unique and poignant quotes.

Head of a Thinker, by Wilhelm Lehmbruck 1918

Head of a Thinker, by Wilhelm Lehmbruck 1918

♠ And no philosophy, sadly, has all the answers. No matter how assured we may be about certain aspects of our belief, there are always painful inconsistencies, exceptions, and contradictions. Steve Allen

♠ No man can establish title to an idea; at the most he can only claim possession. The stream of thought that irrigates the mind of each of us is a confluent of the intellectual river that drains the whole of the living universe. Maurice Valency

♠ I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle

♠ It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their victims and hallucinations too seriously. H. L. Mencken

♠ The most important part of our lives, our sensations, emotions, desires and aspirations takes place in a universe of illusions which science can attenuate or destroy, but which it is powerless to enrich. Joseph Wood Krutch


♣ Most people grow old within a small circle of ideas, which they have not discovered for themselves. There are perhaps less wrong-minded people than thoughtless. Vauvenargues

♣ Every theory in philosophy, which is built on pure conjecture, is an elephant; and every theory that is supported partly by fact, and partly by conjecture, is like Nebuchadnezzar’s image, whose feet were partly of iron, and partly of clay. Thomas Reid

♣ We are less justified in saying that the thinking life of humanity is a miraculous perfectionism of animal and physical life than that it is an imperfection in the organization of spiritual life as rudimentary as the communal existence of protozoa in colonies. Marcel Proust

♣ When I was in school, I cheated on my metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me. Woody Allen


♥ Sanity, soundness, and sincerity, of which gleams and strains can still be found in the human brain under powerful microscopes, flourish only in a culture of clarification, which is now becoming harder and harder to detect with the naked eye. James Thurber

♥ When the speaker and he to whom he is speaks do not understand, that is metaphysics. Voltaire

♥ Rights is a fictional abstraction. No one has rights, neither machines nor flesh and blood. Persons… have opportunities, not rights, which they use or do not use. Lazarus Long

♥ There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact. Mark Twain

♥ Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the sure point at which it can remain at rest. Schopenhauer


♦ When you are young, you enjoy a sustained illusion that sooner or later something marvelous is going to happen, that you are going to transcend your parents’ limitations. Brian Aldiss

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