Philosophy quotes

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates


Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don’t know. Bertrand Russell


Dubito ergo cogito; cogito ergo sum. (I doubt, therefore I think; I think therefore I am) Rene Descartes


It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honourably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honourably and justly without living pleasantly. Epicurus


Philosophy is the stray camel of the faithful; take hold of it wherever ye come across it. Muhammad


In this war of every man against every man; nothing can be unjust. The notions of right and wrong, justice and injustice have there no place. Where there is no common power, there is no law, where no law, no injustice. Force, and fraud, are in war the cardinal virtues. Thomas Hobbes


Man is condemned to be free. Jean Paul Sartre


There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy. William Shakespeare


Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. Karl Popper


Philosophy is the highest music. Plato


All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer


I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. Ludwig Wittgenstein


Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex. Karl Marx





4 Responses to Philosophy quotes

  1. Isabel Novi says:

    ARISTOTLE 384-322 BC

    Now, we may say that the most important subjects about which alll men deliberate and deliberative orators harangue, are five in number, to wit: ways and means, war and peace, the defence of the country, imports and exports, legislation.
    ” The Art of Rhetoric ” bk 1, 1359b 19-23

    The Good of man is the active exercise of his soul´s faculties in conformity with exercise or virtue…… Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime ; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day ; and similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy.

    ” Nicomachean Ethics ” bk 1, 1098 16-20

    Man is by nature a political animal.

    ” Politics” bk 1, 1253a 2-3

    He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.

    ” Politics ” bk 1 1253a 27-9

    Where some people are very wealthy and others have nothing, the result will be either extreme democracy or absolute oligarchy, or despotism will come from either of those excesses.

    ” Politics” bk 4, 1296a 1-3

    Wheras then a rattle is a suitable occupation for infant children, education serves as a rattle for young people when older.

    ” Politics ” bk 8, 1340b 29-31


  2. Isabel Novi says:

    DAVID HUME 1711-76

    Scottish philospher

    We soon learn that there is nothing mysterious or supernatural in the case, but that all proceeds from the usual propensity of mankind towards the marvellous, and that though this inclination may at intervals receive a check from sense and learning, it can never be throughly extirpated from human nature.

    ” An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding ” ( 1748 ) ” Of Miracles ” pt 2

    Avarice, the spur of industry, is so obstinate a passion, and works its way through so many real dangers and difficulties, that it is not likely to be scared by an imaginary danger, which is so small that it scarcely admits of calculation.

    ” Essays : Moral and Political” ( 1741-2 ) ” Of Civil Liberty ”

    Money ….. is none of the wheels of trade : it is the oil which renders the motion of the wheels more smooth and easy.

    ” Essays : Moral and Political “( 1741-2 ) “Of Money ”

    The heart of man is made to reconcile the most glaring contradictions.

    ” Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary ( ed. T. H. Green and T.H. Grose, 1875 ) ” Of the Parties of Great Britain ”

    In all matters of opinion and science…… the difference between men is oftener found to lie in generals than in particulars; and to be less in reality than in appearance. An explanation of the terms commonly ends the controversy, and the disputants are surprised to find that they had been quarrelling, while at bottom they agreed in their judgement.

    ” Essays, Moral, Political and Literacy ( ed. T.H. Green and T. H. Grose, 1875 ) ” Of the Standard of Taste ” ( 1757 )

  3. Isabel Novi says:

    JOHN STUART MILL 1806-73

    English Philosopher and Economist

    As often as a study is cultivated by narrow minds, they will draw from it narrow conclusions.

    ” Auguste Comte and Positivism ” ( 1865 ) pt. 1, p,82

    When society requires to be rebuilt, there is no use in attempting to rebuild it on the old plan.

    ” Dissertations and Discussions vol 1 ( 1859 ) ” ” Essay on Coleridge ”

    The sole end for which mankind are warrented, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection.

    ” On Liberty” ( 1859 ) ch. 1

    If all mankind minus one were of the opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.

    ” On Liberty ( 1859 ) ch. 2

    A party of order or stability, and a party of progress or reform, are both necessary elements of a healthy state of political life.

    ” On Liberty ” ( 1859 ) ch.2

    Everyone who desires power, desires it most over those who are nearest to him, with whom his life is passed, with whom he has most concerns in common, and in whom any independence of his authority is oftenest likely to interfere with his individual preferences.

    ” The Subjection of Women ” ( 1869 ) ch1

    The laws of most countries are far worse than the people who execute them and many of them are only able to remain laws by seldom or never carried into effect. If married life were all that it might be expected to be, looking to the laws alone, society, would be a hell upon earth.

    ” The subjection of Women ” ( 1869 ) ch 2

    The most important thing that women have to do is stir up the zeal of women themselves.

    Letter to Alexander Bain, 14 July 1869, in Hugh S. R. Elliot ( ed ) “Letters of John Stuart Mill”vol.2 ( 1910 )

  4. Isabel Novi says:

    All the quotations above of Aristotle, Hume and Mill have taken from the OXFORD DICTIONARY OF QUOTATIONS. ( 1996 )

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