Philosopher Quotes

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Confucius
“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
Confucius

Ambrose Bierce
“All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Collected Writings Of Ambrose Bierce

Baruch Spinoza
“Those who wish to seek out the cause of miracles and to understand the things of nature as philosophers, and not to stare at them in astonishment like fools, are soon considered heretical and impious, and proclaimed as such by those whom the mob adores as the interpreters of nature and the gods. For these men know that, once ignorance is put aside, that wonderment would be taken away, which is the only means by which their authority is preserved.”
Baruch De Spinoza, Ethics

David Hume
“Be a philosopher; but, amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.”
David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

H.L. Mencken
“A philosopher is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat that isn't there. A theologian is the man who finds it.”
H.L. Mencken

Thomas Aquinas
“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.”
Thomas Aquinas

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”
Simonides

Will Durant
“And last are the few whose delight is in meditation and understanding; who yearn not for goods, nor for victory, but for knowledge; who leave both market and battlefield to lose themselves in the quiet clarity of secluded thought; whose will is a light rather than a fire, whose haven is not power but truth: these are the men of wisdom, who stand aside unused by the world.”
Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Thus the man who is responsive to artistic stimuli reacts to the reality of dreams as does the philosopher to the reality of existence; he observes closely, and he enjoys his observation: for it is out of these images that he interprets life, out of these processes that he trains himself for life.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ

Criss Jami
“We are often taught to look for the beauty in all things, so in finding it, the layman asks the philosopher while the philosopher asks the photographer.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Friedrich Nietzsche
“My conception of freedom. — The value of a thing sometimes does not lie in that which one attains by it, but in what one pays for it — what it costs us. Liberal institutions cease to be liberal as soon as they are attained: later on, there are no worse and no more thorough injurers of freedom than liberal institutions.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

Criss Jami
“To be a philosopher, just reverse everything you have ever been told...and have a sense of humor doing it.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Diogenes of Sinope
“A philosopher named Aristippus, who had quite willingly sucked up to Dionysus and won himself a spot at his court, saw Diogenes cooking lentils for a meal. "If you would only learn to compliment Dionysus, you wouldn't have to live on lentils."

Diogenes replied, "But if you would only learn to live on lentils, you wouldn't have to flatter Dionysus.”
Diogenes of Sinope

Criss Jami
“A writer is one who communicates ideas and emotions people want to communicate but aren't quite sure how, or even if, they should communicate them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Aldo Leopold
“That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.”
Aldo Leopold

Albert Einstein
“Philosophers play with the word, like a child with a doll. It does not mean that everything in life is relative.”
Albert Einstein

Erich Fromm
“The task of the moral philosopher-thinker is to support and strengthen the voice of human conscience, to recognize what is good or what is bad for people, whether they are good or bad for society in a period of evolution. May be a "voice crying in the wilderness", but only if that voice remains lively and uncompromising, it is possible to transform the desert into fertile land.”
Erich Fromm, Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Their [philosophers] thinking is, in fact, far less a discovery than a re-recognizing, a remembering, a return and a home-coming to a far-off, ancient common-household of the soul, out of which those ideas formerly grew: philosophizing is so far a kind of atavism of the highest order.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Amanda Hocking
“You're not very good at being contemplative," Milo said. "You always sound like some bad caricature of a philosopher, like those fortune cookies with 'Confucius say' or the Nietzsche guy from Mystery Men that's always saying 'when you walk on the ground, the ground walks on you.”
Amanda Hocking, Fate

Giacomo Casanova
“The philosopher is a person who refuses no pleasures which do not produce greater sorrows, and who knows how to create new ones.”
Casanova

Epictetus
“The condition and characteristic of an uninstructed person is this: he never expects from himself profit (advantage) nor harm, but from externals. The condition and characteristic of a philosopher is this: he expects all advantage and all harm from himself.”
Epictetus, Enchiridion and Selections from the Discourses

Jeremy Bentham
“Is it possible for a man to move the earth? Yes; but he must first find out another earth to stand upon.”
Jeremy Bentham

“O Heavenly Children, do not forget that God is here, there and everywhere. The birds are his eyes and the air is his ears. And as you sleep, your heart and soul rest naked before him. He can drink from the rivers of your thoughts, and even feel the wetness of your tears.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“To lovers there.

Most ladies the reason they are dumped and their relationship doesn't last is they made themselves to become a want than a need in a relationship.”
De philosopher DJ Kyos

“O Heavenly Children, God's messengers are as limitless as the fish in the sea. They come in all colors, regions, languages and creeds. But their message is one and the same, don't you see? He only wishes to unite all His children under one family tree.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Jacques Loeb
“Since Pawlow and his pupils have succeeded in causing the secretion of saliva in the dog by means of optic and acoustic signals, it no longer seems strange to us that what the philosopher terms an 'idea' is a process which can cause chemical changes in the body.”
Jacques Loeb, The Mechanistic Conception of Life

Epictetus
“In short, we do not abandon any discipline for despair of ever being the best in it.”
Epictetus, Of Human Freedom

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