Sunday, 1 September 2013


A man becomes a philosopher by reason of a certain perplexity, from which he seeks to free himself. - Arthur Schopenhauer

At best, a true philosopher can fulfil his mission very imperfectly, which is to pilot himself, or at most a few voluntary companions who may find themselves in the same boat. - George Santayana

He is but a poor philosopher who holds a view so narrow as to exclude forms not to his personal taste. - John Galsworthy

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches. - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

I think that the task of philosophy is not to provide answers, but to show how the way we perceive a problem can be itself part of a problem. - Slavoj Zizek

Man is a philosopher in spite of himself. - John Grier Hibben

My philosophy is to make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes. - Teresa Watkins 

Philosophy is concerned with that which is, in contrast with that which seems to be. Its aim is to reveal the reality which underlies appearance. - John Grier Hibben

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. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is reason with the eyes of the soul. - William Gilmore Simms

Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

The business of philosophy is to circumnavigate human nature. - Julius Charles Hare

The continual pursuit of meanings – wider, clearer, more negotiable, more articulate meanings – is philosophy. - Suzanne K. Langer

The object of studying philosophy is to know one’s own mind, not other people’s. - William Ralph Inge

The philosopher strives to find the liberating word, that is, the word that finally permits us to grasp what up to now has intangibly weighed down upon our consciousness. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. - Abraham Lincoln

What is rational is real and what is real is rational. On this conviction the plain man like the philosopher takes his stand, and from it philosophy starts in its study of the universe of the mind as well as the universe of nature. - Hegel

Wisdom is the perfect good of the human mind; philosophy is the love of wisdom and the endeavour to attain it. - Seneca

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

You can’t do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know. - Maxim Gorky

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