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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

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.
Galbraith

Always presume that the enemy has dangerous designs and always be forehanded with the remedy. But do not let these calculations make you timid. [Philosophy of life for a monarch]
Frederick II

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
John Keats

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

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

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
W B Yeats

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

Only a philosophy of eternity, in the world today, could justify non-violence.
Albert Camus

I intend to give my best, to improve things and to create the football team in relation to my image and my football philosophy.
Jose Mourinho

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

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

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

Man is the interpreter of nature, science the right interpretation. (Philosophy of the Inductive Sciences, 1840)
William Whewell

Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Alfred North Whitehead

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy (Hamlet, Act 1 Scene 5)
William Shakespeare

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

My philosophy, like colour television, is all there in black and white.
Monty Python

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

Your philosophy determines whether you will go for the disciplines or continue the errors.
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

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

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

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

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

He could dismiss several schools of philosophy by shifting slightly in his chair or toting his whisky glass. [on Dave Allen]
Dylan Moran

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

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

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

Editing a philosophy dictionary is jolly hard work!
Edward Craig

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

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

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

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

There is no religion in which everyday life is not considered a prison; there is no philosophy or ideology that does not think that we live in alienation.
Eugene Ionesco

I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of established religion.
Benedict Spinoza

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

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

The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.
Simone Weil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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