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Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
~ Alfred North Whitehead

 

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Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
~ Anita Brookner

 

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For there was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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How charming is divine philosophy! Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, but musical as is Apollo's lute, and a perpetual feast of nectared sweets, where no crude surfeit reigns.
~ John Milton

 

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How very paltry and limited the normal human intellect is, and how little lucidity there is in the human consciousness, may be judged from the fact that, despite the ephemeral brevity of human life, the uncertainty of our existence and the countless enigmas which press upon us from all sides, everyone does not continually and ceaselessly philosophize, but that only the rarest of exceptions do.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer

 

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I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full and scratch where it itches.
~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 

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I have always taken as the standard of the mode of teaching and writing, not the abstract, particular, professional philosopher, but universal man, that I have regarded man as the criterion of truth, and not this or that founder of a system, and have from the first placed the highest excellence of the philosopher in this, that he abstains, both as a man and as an author, from the ostentation of philosophy, i.e., that he is a philosopher only in reality, not formally, that he is a quiet philosopher, not a loud and still less a brawling one.
~ Ludwig Feuerbach

 

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I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don't know how, cheerfulness was always breaking in.
~ Oliver Edwards

 

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I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.
~ William James

 

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If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
~ Samuel Johnson

 

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If He Tom Sawyer had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.
~ Mark Twain

 

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If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
~ Frederick The Great (Frederick II)

 

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If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
~ Georg C. Lichtenberg

 

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If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.
~ Epictetus

 

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In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not. But take note that he proves all these unheard-of paradoxes without any fallacious or sophistical reasoning.
~ Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac

 

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In philosophy if you aren't moving at a snail's pace you aren't moving at all.
~ Iris Murdoch

 

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In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.
~ Thomas B. Macaulay

 

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In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show.
~ Timothy Leary

 

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

 

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Keep quiet and people will think you a philosopher.
~ Anonymous

 

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