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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. -
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Related topics: Wisdom

God is the great mysterious motivator of what we call nature,
and it has often been said by philosophers,
that nature is the will of God.
And I prefer to say that nature
is the only body of God that we shall ever see.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

We are not to give credit to the many,
who say that none ought to be educated but the free;
but rather to the philosophers,
who say that the well-educated alone are free.
- Epictetus

I have studied many philosophers and many cats.
The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.
- Hippolyte Taine

 

Art is an invention of aesthetics, which in turn is
an invention of philosophers...
What we call art is a game.
- Octavio Paz

Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

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There never was and is not likely soon to be
a nation of philosophers,
nor am I certain it is desirable that there should be.
- Henry David Thoreau

Philosophers are people who do violence,
but have no army at their disposal, and so subjugate
the world by locking it into a system.
- Robert Musil

Intuition does not in itself amount to knowledge,
yet cannot be disregarded by philosophers and psychologists.
- Corliss Lamont

The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them.
A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly
appear in the palm of the hand.
- Elias Canetti

Einstein's results again turned the tables and now
very few philosophers or scientists still think that scientific knowledge is,
or can be, proven knowledge.
- Imre Lakatos

These critics organize and practice in my case a sort
of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should
know how to question and above all,
to moderate.
- Jacques Derrida

Seneca brings vividly before us a picture of the various
scholars assembled in a school of the philosophers.
- Frederic William Farrar

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

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

The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations -
Spinoza,
Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others -
were natives of Europe and America.
- David Ben-Gurion

It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to
deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world's philosophers and theologians searched for
answers to the same mysteries.
- Robert Vaughn

God created man in His own image, says the Bible;
philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Philosophers are very severe towards other philosophers
because they expect too much.
- George Santayana

You philosophers are lucky men.
You write on paper and paper is patient.
Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.
- Catherine the Great

Labor is the fabled magician's wand,
the philosophers stone,
and the cap of good fortune.
- James Weldon Johnson

When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers,
man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests
and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
- Diogenes

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting
that it can only be misery to live in folly,
illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.
- Desiderius Erasmus

Philosophers write for professors; thinkers for writers.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato
and some other philosophers,
that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
- Jack Kevorkian

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond
of offering criticism from on high instead of studying
and understanding things from within.
- Edmund Husserl

Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.
- Diogenes

Philosophers are adults who persist in asking childish questions.
- Isaiah Berlin

I discovered that the study of past philosophers is
of little use unless our own reality enters into it.
Our reality alone allows the thinker's questions to become comprehensible.
- Karl Jaspers

My opinions about human nature are shared by many psychologists,
linguists, and biologists, not to mention philosophers
and scholars going back centuries.
- Steven Pinker

Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.
- Gaston Bachelard

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

Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.
- Samuel Richardson

Women make us poets, children make us philosophers.
- Malcolm De Chazal

A process which led from the amoeba to man appeared
to the philosophers to be obviously a progress though
whether the amoeba would agree with this opinion is not known.
- Bertrand Russell

The basic drive behind real philosophy is curiosity about the world,
not interest in the writings of philosophers.
- Bryan Magee

If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers,
we should have learned women.
- Abigail Adams

Theories of love are found in the works of scientists,
philosophers, and theologians.
- Mortimer Adler

Truth is the object of philosophy, but not always of philosophers.
- John Churton Collins

No matter what Aristotle and the Philosophers say,
nothing is equal to tobacco; it's the passion of the well-bred,
and he who lives without tobacco lives a life not worth living.
- Moliere

For they, the philosophers, were considered teachers of right living,
which is far more excellent, since to speak well belongs only to a few,
but to live well belongs to all.
- Lactantius

Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers
than to go along with them.
- Wallace Stevens

There is reason to think the most celebrated philosophers
would have been bunglers at business;
but the reason is because they despised it.
- George Savile

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

We were promised a society of philosophers.
But the Blogosphere is looking more and more like a nation of ankle-biters.
- Steven Levy

The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th
century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.
- M. H. Abrams

Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

For centuries many of the world's distinguished philosophers
have assaulted Christianity as being irrational,
superstitious and absurd.
- Josh McDowell

The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question
whether or not a man can condemn himself.
- Stokely Carmichael

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind,
forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that
it begets more evil than it kills.'
- Immanuel Kant

As I say, there was this movement to try to bring philosophers
and mathematicians together into an organization where
they would talk to each other.
An organization wasn't effective unless you had a journal.
That's about all I know.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world,
have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars,
poor professional men, poor artisans and artists,
poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
- Albert Pike

It has generally been assumed that of two opposing systems of philosophy,
e.g., realism and idealism, one only can be true and one must be false;
and so philosophers have been hopelessly divided on the question,
which is the true one.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

It is, I think, particularly in periods of acknowledged
crisis that scientists have turned to philosophical
analysis as a device for unlocking the riddles of their field.
Scientists have not generally needed or wanted to be philosophers.
- Thomas Kuhn

It will sometimes strike a scientific man that the
philosophers have been less intent on finding out what the facts are,
than on inquiring what belief is most in harmony with their system.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

For example, the philosophers who were interested in
logic were probably rather logical for mathematicians.
But the ASL got us together, so we could talk to each
other and publish in the same journal.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers,
ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced
that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.
- Michael Pollan

It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor,
since it is a more significant process of mind than reason.
Reason can only sort out perceptions,
but the humor process is involved in changing them.
- Edward de Bono

In taking action we must remember that the things which
are happening to the Jews today are but a part of the
general disintegration anticipated by philosophers
and historians of different schools for almost half a century.
- Louis Finkelstein

The truth has never been of any real value to any human being -
it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue.
In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
- Graham Greene

Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency
of our understanding and of its limited extent is an
assertion founded only on the Bible:
for philosophers likewise assert the same,
and perfectly understand it,- without having regard
to any religion or opinion.
- Maimonides

The scientists often have more unfettered imaginations
than current philosophers do.
Relativity theory came as a complete surprise to philosophers,
and so did quantum mechanics, and so did other things.
- Robert Nozick

There will be no end to the troubles of states,
or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world,
or till those we now call kings and rulers really and
truly become philosophers,
and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.
- Plato

I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists,
in that, having read about empirical data,
they too can think of what hypotheses and theories
might account for that data.
So there's a continuity between philosophy and science in that way.
- Robert Nozick

A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid;
particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers;
in literature,
talents not much above the average are usually regarded
by their contemporaries as geniuses.
- Robert Musil

The philosophers of the Middle Ages demonstrated both
that the Earth did not exist and also that it was flat.
Today they are still arguing about whether the world exists,
but they no longer dispute about whether it is flat.
- Vilhjalmur Stefansson

We are motivated by a keen desire for praise,
and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory.
The very philosophers themselves, even in those books
which they write in contempt of glory,
inscribe their names.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Anyway, there is a lot of really interesting work going
on in the neuroscience and psychology of consciousness,
and I would love to see philosophers become more closely involved with this.
- David Chalmers


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