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

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

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

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

History is philosophy teaching by example.
Dionysius

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

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

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

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

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

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

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
Epictetus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

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

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

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize
Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing a philosophy dictionary is jolly hard work!
Edward Craig

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

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

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

One thinks of French philosophy that it aspires to the condition of literature or the condition of art, and that English and American philosophy aspires to the condition of science. French philosophy, one thinks of as picking up an idea and running with it, posibility into a nearby brick wall or over a local cliff, or something like that.
Ted Honderich

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

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

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

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

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
Paul Tillich



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