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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

History is philosophy teaching by example.
Dionysius

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

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

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

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

Astonishment is the root of philosophy.
Paul Tillich

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize
Blaise Pascal

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

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

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
John Keats

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

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

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

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

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

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

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

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

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

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

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

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



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