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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All serious conversations gravitate towards philosophy.
Ernest Dimnet

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

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
John Keats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy is the product of wonder.
Alfred North Whitehead

Editing a philosophy dictionary is jolly hard work!
Edward Craig

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

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



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