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Philosophy Quotes

Philosophy originated from a Greek word that implies “love for wisdom”. Philosophy deals with life in general or existential issues, religious questions or things connected to knowledge, values and reasons. In ancient times wise men went up the hill to ponder about these questions and wrote books. These books contain priceless pearls of wisdom. Philosophical discourses make us realize how insignificant our individual problems really are when we compare with the greater universe. Quotes on philosophy that are listed below will make you understand a little more about this subject.

Richard M. Nixon

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.

Francis Bacon

Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

Richard Burton

Little islands are all large prisons: one cannot look at the sea without wishing for the wings of a swallow.

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Walt Whitman

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.

Lou Holtz

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

Marvin Olasky

Materialist philosophies that treat human beings as machines or animals possess the high ground in our culture - academia, the most powerful media and many of our courts.

Richard Burton

Indeed he knows not how to know who knows not also how to un-know.

Vladimir Nabokov

Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.

Calvin Coolidge

I have never been hurt by what I have not said.

Bertrand Russell

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.

Jorge Luis Borges

Life itself is a quotation.

Phyllis Diller

Aim high, and you won't shoot your foot off.


A shoe that is too large is apt to trip one, and when too small, to pinch the feet. So it is with those whose fortune does not suit them.

Rita Mae Brown

Every action is either strong or weak, and when every action is strong we are successful.

Quentin Tarantino

I don't believe in elitism. I don't think the audience is this dumb person lower than me. I am the audience.

Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

Thomas Hobbes

Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.


All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.

Horace Mann

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Denis Waitley

Chase your passion, not your pension.

Jules Renard

It is not how old you are, but how you are old.

Francis Bacon

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.

Henry Miller

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

Les Brown

Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

A new untruth is better than an old truth.

Pamela Anderson

There's no way I set out to be a certain kind of symbol - the way I dress is the way I am, the way I live my life.

Saint 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

George Washington Carver

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.

Vladimir Nabokov

Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man.

Horace Mann

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Carl Sandburg

A man may be born, but in order to be born he must first die, and in order to die he must first awake.

Eudora Welty

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.

Terri Guillemets

Angels have no philosophy but love.

Rabindranath Tagore

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.

Lou Holtz

I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary.

Anton Chekhov

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.

Laurence Sterne

Nothing is so perfectly amusing as a total change of ideas.

Francis Bacon

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

Elie Wiesel

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It's close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.

P. G. Wodehouse

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.

Dorothy Day

Our faith is stronger than death, our philosophy is firmer than flesh, and the spread of the Kingdom of God upon the earth is more sublime and more compelling.

Eleanor Roosevelt

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor.


Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.

Henry David Thoreau

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

George Bernard Shaw

A man of great common sense and good taste - meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.

Blaise Pascal

You always admire what you really don't understand.

Alexander Hamilton

Learn to think continentally.

Bill Maher

Religion, to me, is a bureaucracy between man and God that I don't need.

George Washington Carver

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Audre Lorde

The quality of light by which we scrutinize our lives has direct bearing upon the product which we live, and upon the changes which we hope to bring about through those lives.

Rita Mae Brown

I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate.

Helen Rowland

Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.


The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

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Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

Honoré de Balzac

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

He lives most life whoever breathes most air.

Denis Waitley

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

Anatole France

The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.

Oprah Winfrey

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.

George Foreman

The referee is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight besides the fighters.

Henry Miller

To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.

Alexander Hamilton

Man is a reasoning rather than a reasonable animal.

Johnny Depp

I'm an old-fashioned guy... I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.

Charlie Chaplin

Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles.

James Madison

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.

Golda Meir

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

Winston Churchill

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Charlie Chaplin

To help a friend in need is easy, but to give him your time is not always opportune.

Karl Marx

Religion is the opium of the masses.


By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

Isaac Asimov

Individual science fictionstories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all. 

George Bernard Shaw

A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

Benjamin Disraeli

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Even our misfortunes are a part of our belongings.


Courage is knowing what not to fear.

George Eliot

But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy.

Anais Nin

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all, there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.

Henry David Thoreau

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

Mark Twain

Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get.