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Quotes of the day: Philosophy

Published Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 5:34 PM EDT
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A bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world.
-Louis Pasteur

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

A little philosophy makes a man an Atheist: a great deal converts him to religion.
-David Hume

A new philosophy generally means in practice the praise of some old vice.
-G.K. Chesterton

A philosophy is characterized more by the formulation of its problems than by its solution of them.
-Suzanne K. Langer

About no subject is there less philosophizing than about philosophy.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

All philosophy lies in two words: sustain and abstain.

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

Any philosophy that can be put in a nutshell belongs there.
-Sydney J. Harris

Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.
-Albert Schweitzer

Aphorisms are the true form of the universal philosophy.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
-Paul Tillich

Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Doing something stupid once is just plain stupid. Doing something stupid twice is a philosophy.
-Dan O'Neill

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy.
-Margaret Thatcher

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.
-David Hume

Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.
-C.S. Lewis

History is Philosophy teaching by examples.

I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time. (In the comic strip Peanuts)
-Charles M. Schulz

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

I think a little philosophy should be added to life and art by way of seasoning, but to make it one's specialty seems to me as strange as eating nothing but horseradish.
-Boris Pasternak

I think the Greeks invented sports as an antidote to philosophy. In sports there are absolute rules. It's not, What about this? What about that? Either you're safe or you're out. It's ten yards or it's not. It's in the hoop or out of the hoop. It's certain.
-Jack Nicholson

In metaphysics, the notion that earth and all that's on it is a mental construct is the product of people who spend their lives inside rooms. It is an indoor philosophy.
-Edward Abbey

In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.
-Havelock Ellis

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.
-Thomas Hobbes

Libertarians secretly worried that ultimately someone will figure out the whole of their political philosophy boils down to 'get off my property.' News flash: This is not really a big secret to the rest of us.
-John Scalzi

Moral philosophy is nothing else but the science of what is good, and evil, in the conversation, and society of mankind. Good, and evil, are names that signify our appetites, and aversions; which in different tempers, customs, and doctrines of men, are different.
-Thomas Hobbes

My philosophy of life can be summed up in four words: It can't be helped.
-Will Cuppy

My studies in Speculative philosophy, metaphysics, and science are all summed up in the image of a mouse called man running in and out of every hole in the Cosmos hunting for the Absolute Cheese.
-Benjamin DeCasseres

No philosophy based on an incorrect view of the nature of man is likely to produce social good.
-Stanley Kubrick

Of course I believe that solipsism is the correct philosophy, but that's only one man's opinion.
-Melvin Fitting

Optimism is a philosophy based on the belief that basically life is good, that, in the long run, the good in life overbalances the evil.
-Norman Vincent Peale

People look for morals in fiction because there has always been a confusion between fiction and philosophy.
-John Cheever

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
-Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is empty if it isn't based on science. Science discovers, philosophy interprets.
-Albert Einstein

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned.

Philosophy is the microscope of thought. Everything desires to flee from it, but nothing escapes it.
-Victor Hugo

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
-Iris Murdoch

Philosophy! The lumber of the schools.
-Jonathan Swift

Religion ends and philosophy begins, just as alchemy ends and chemistry begins and astrology ends, and astronomy begins.
-Christopher Hitchens

Science is a philosophy of discovery. Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance. You cannot build a program of discovery on the assumption that nobody is smart enough to figure out the answer to a problem.
-Neil deGrasse Tyson

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
-Bertrand Russell

The chief error in philosophy is overstatement.
-Alfred North Whitehead

The difficulty in philosophy is to say no more than we know.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy, that is the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
-John Gardner

There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy.
-Albert Camus

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.
-Charles M. Schulz

To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.
-Thomas Paine

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
-William R. Inge

To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.

(Life of Pi)
-Yann Martel

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy.
-Martin L. Gross

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.
-Elie Wiesel

When lost in a forest go always down hill. When lost in a philosophy or doctrine go upward.
-Ambrose Bierce


(August 23 is also the birthday of Arnold J. Toynbee and Will Cuppy.)

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