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I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.
Charles M Schulz

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is the replacement of category-habits by category-disciplines.
Gilbert Ryle

The propositions of philosophy are not factual, but linguistic in character - that is, they do not describe the behaviour of physical, or even mental, objects; they express definitions, or the formal consequences of definitions. [Ayer was a logical positivist]
A J Ayer

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.
Victor Cousin

A novel is never anything, but a philosophy put into images.
Jim Rohn

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Kahlil Gibran

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.
Henry L Mencken

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

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
Isaac Disraeli

My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out.
Ronald Reagan

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man
David Hume

You're asking me to give insight into my personality or my philosophy of acting. I just don't think that deeply about it. What it means when I do this or that - I don't know. That's coming outside of myself. I prefer to live my life from inside of me, rather than come outside.
Tobey Maguire

Always put the gun in the other man's hand [on his life philosophy]
Joseph Fiennes

History is philosophy from examples.
Dionysius Of Halicarnassus

Philosophy is such an impertinently litigious lady that a man has as good be engaged in law suits as have to do with her (letter to Edmund Halley)
Sir Isaac Newton

And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.
John Donne

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

Any lore that widens people's horizons and presents food for thought is the beginning of philosophy
Chief Reuben O Ogunyemi

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

Design is not for philosophy - it's for life
Issey Miyake

Editing a philosophy dictionary is jolly hard work!
Edward Craig

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
Paul Tillich

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

The sanctity of human life is the most dangerous sophistry ever propagated by philosophy and it is all too well rooted.
John Aspinall

When people come together, go to each other's country, and watch a conflict being played out on the field of sport, as opposed to the field of battle... then why can't that same spirit, that same philosophy, infect other aspects of relations? [Hoping India and Pakistan would develop their relationship off the pitch]
Colin Powell

Truth, like a torch, the more it's shook it shines. (Discussions on Philosophy)
Sir William Hamilton

Positivism: A philosophy that denies our knowledge of the Real and affirms our ignorance of the Apparent. Its longest exponent is Comte, its broadest Mill and its thickest Spencer.
Ambrose Bierce

What has philosophy got to do with measuring anything?
Galileo Galilei

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

Life is a mission. Every other definition of life is false, and leads all who accept it astray. Religion, science, philosophy, though still at variance upon many points, all agree in this, that every existence is an aim.
Giuseppe Mazzini

My philosophy: find what it is you want to say, walk in the room, say it, and get the hell out. (Second philosophy behind that one: when in doubt, roll in a grenade and come in firing.)
J Michael Straczynski

The boundary between philosophy and fiction is not as clear cut as you may think and the two definitely interact.
Ken Follet

To live each moment to the full, because the moment never comes again [on her life philosophy... deep!]
Shabnam Paryani

I am now convinced that theoretical physics is actually philosophy.
Max Born

Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Alfred North Whitehead

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy.
Sir Thomas Browne

Ultimately it was stifling because it sought to embrace in its philosophy every facet of existence [on Marxism]. That, of course, is its attraction to many
Tony Blair

Art requires philosophy, just as philosophy requires art. Otherwise, what would become of beauty?
Paul Gauguin

You do what you have to do in life, when you form a philosophy that you can't talk yourself out of.
Constantine Karamanlis

Psychiatry's chief contribution to philosophy is the discovery that the toilet is the seat of the soul.
Alexander Chase

Art for art's sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.
Frank Lloyd Wright

History is philosophy teaching by example.
Dionysius

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy. (Idea of Progress)
William Ralph Inge

Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.
W B Yeats

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
John Keats

An impossible lie is an impossible lie [well this particular piece of philosophy is hard to argue with!]
Bubba Watson

Boxing got me started on philosophy. You bash them, they bash you and you think, what's it all for?
Arthur Mallard

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

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.
Sir Thomas Aquinas



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