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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Alfred North Whitehead

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

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

History is philosophy teaching by example.
Dionysius

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

History is philosophy from examples.
Dionysius Of Halicarnassus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editing a philosophy dictionary is jolly hard work!
Edward Craig

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

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

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize
Blaise Pascal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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