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Philosopher Quotes

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To the philosopher,
death is but the next great adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

Related topics: Wisdom

By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher
and that is a good thing for any man.
- Socrates

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

 

The man of science is a poor philosopher.
- Albert Einstein

He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher...
or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
- Douglas Adams

One can only become a philosopher, but not be one.
As one believes he is a philosopher,
he stops being one.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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Social progress can be measured
by the social position of the female sex.
- Karl Marx
(German philosopher and political economist
whose ideas are credited as the foundation of modern communism)

I see the beard and cloak, but I don't yet see a philosopher.
- Aulus Gellius

The philosopher has never killed any priests,
whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
- Denis Diderot

The heart hid still in the dark, hard as the Philosopher's Stone.
- Paul Celan

The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be,
seek simplicity and distrust it.
- Alfred North Whitehead

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

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.
- Ambrose Bierce

My instinct as a philosopher is that we are effectively
approaching a multicentric world,
which means we need to ask new, and for the traditional left,
unpleasant questions.
- Slavoj Zizek

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
- David Hume

I maintain that many an inventor, many a diplomat,
many a financier is a sounder philosopher than all
those who practice the dull craft of experimental psychology.
- Oswald Spengler

It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not
to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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 Sartre

When a philosopher says something that is true then it is trivial.
When he says something that is not trivial then it is false.
- Carl Friedrich Gauss

The picture which the philosopher draws of the world
is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

I'm not a minister, I'm not a philosopher,
I'm not a politician, I'm in another category.
- Sun Ra

Like the philosopher, the author views his task as
one of establishing a clear connection between life and history,
and of making the past bear fruit for the present and future.
- Lion Feuchtwanger

Before Booker T. Washington, we have small business
owners but we do not have a philosopher of black entrepreneurship,
and that's what Washington was.
- Ed Smith

The man of science, the artist, the philosopher are
attached to their nations as much as the day-laborer and the merchant.
- Julien Benda

Only as an individual can man become a philosopher.
- Karl Jaspers

The myth that John Locke was the philosopher behind the American Republic,
is easily refuted by examining how Locke's philosophy
steered Thomas Jefferson,
for example.
- Robert Trout

If you see a philosopher determining all things by means of right reason,
him you shall reverence: he is a heavenly being and not of this earth.
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

Versatility of education can be found in our best poetry,
but the depth of mankind should be found in the philosopher.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Don't call me a mindless philosopher,
you overweight glob of grease.
- Anthony Daniels

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man,
in fact) craves most is praise although the philosophers
generally call it recognition!
- William James

There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher,
as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms
he may think undeservedly severe.
- Charles Babbage

No philosopher understands his predecessors until he
has re-thought their thought in his own contemporary terms.
- Peter Frederick Strawson

A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions
is like a boxer who never goes into the ring.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

There is nothing so strange and so unbelievable that
it has not been said by one philosopher or another.
- Rene Descartes

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
- Blaise Pascal

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

Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher,
and philosophy begins in wonder.
- Plato

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

Why is it the philosopher who is expected to be easier
and not some scientist who is even more inaccessible?
- Jacques Derrida

It is good a philosopher should remind himself,
now and then, that he is a particle pontificating on infinity.
- Ariel Durant

Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard
and his desire for knowledge ceases.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

The philosopher ought never to try to avoid the duty of making up his mind.
- Mortimer Adler

The impulse of the journalist is to be novel,
yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment;
the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true,
regardless of the moment.
- Daniel Bell

I am not a philosopher.
- Hans Bethe

No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at
the same time a profound philosopher.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To decide to become a philosopher seemed as foolish
to me as to decide to become a poet.
- Karl Jaspers

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

The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect.
- Gilles Deleuze

A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher;
but he who goes from country to country,
guided by the blind impulse of curiosity,
is a vagabond.
- Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

The theologian considers sin mainly as an offence against God;
the moral philosopher as contrary to reasonableness.
- Thomas Aquinas

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

A philosopher once said, 'Half of good philosophy is good grammar.'
- A. P. Martinich

I am aware that a philosopher's ideas are not subject
to the judgment of ordinary persons,
because it is his endeavour to seek the truth in all things,
to the extent permitted to human reason by God.
- Nicolaus Copernicus

All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare
the ground for the future task of the philosopher,
which is to solve the problem of value,
to determine the true hierarchy of values.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

The fact is, every thinker, every philosopher,
the moment he is forced to abandon his one-sided intellectual
occupation by practical necessity,
immediately returns to the general point of view of mankind.
- Ernst Mach

I fear that, in the end, the famous debate among materialists,
idealists, and dualists amounts to a merely verbal
dispute that is more a matter for the linguist than
for the speculative philosopher.
- Moses Mendelssohn

The various modes of worship which prevailed in the
Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true;
by the philosopher as equally false;
and by the magistrate as equally useful.
- Edward Gibbon

If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity,
he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole,
but he would certainly not have been able to give a
definition that had any meaning at all.
- Bertrand Russell

Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel
because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing
what these people have said in any detail so let me
not comment on that too much.
- Roger Penrose

What difference is there, do you think,
between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at
the shadows and images of various objects,
provided they are content and don't know what they miss,
and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
- Desiderius Erasmus

To make the moral achievement implicit in science a
source of strength to civilization,
the scientist will have to have the cooperation also
of the philosopher and the religious teacher.
- Arthur Holly Compton

It is curious to reflect, for example,
upon the remarkable legend of the Philosopher's Stone,
one of the oldest and most universal beliefs,
the origin of which, however far back we penetrate
into the records of the past,
we do not probably trace its real source.
- Frederick Soddy

It has often struck me that the relation of two important
members of the social body to one another has never
been sufficiently considered,
or treated of, so far as I know, either by the philosopher or the poet.
- James Payn

For my future I have no concern, and as a true philosopher,
I never would have any, for I know not what it may be:
as a Christian,
on the other hand, faith must believe without discussion,
and the stronger it is, the more it keeps silent.
- Giacomo Casanova

A great philosopher has stated that the worst evil of poverty is,
that it makes folks ridiculous; by which,
I hope, he only means that, as in the above case,
it places them in incongruous positions.
- James Payn

Another important historical factor is the fact that
this already very simple religion was further simplified
and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China.
Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism;
and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.
- Hu Shih

A woman finds the natural lay of the land almost unconsciously;
and not feeling it incumbent on her to be guide and
philosopher to any successor,
she takes little pains to mark the route by which she is making her ascent.
- Alice Stone Blackwell


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