25 Philosophy Quotes
Here you will find our great collection of philosophy quotes from some of the most famous and devoted philosophers of all time. The meaning of Philosophy is “Love of wisdom” and the study of philosophy is of existence, values, knowledge, mind, language and reason. We can see through the doctrines written over the course of many centuries that the study of philosophy is meant to broaden the mind, inspire people to change their perspective to change their lives by acting more wisely. When we are philosophically thinking, we are thinking deeply, so we hope that you can adopt this attitude into your everyday life and see that life isn’t as black and white as you think it may be.
- Happiness is beyond praise.
- We must look away from ourselves to Nature around us.
Heraclitus of Ephesus, The Fragments of the Work of Heraclitus of Ephesus on Nature
- But to keep silent does not mean to be dumb. On the contrary, if a person is dumb, he still has the tendency to “ speak.
Martin Heidegger, Being and Time
- For a man to spend his life in pursuit of a title, that serves only when he dies to furnish out an epitaph, is below a wise man’s business.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Sir Roger L’Estrange, Seneca’s Morals, by Way of Abstract
- Life is not to be identified with every superficial act and interest.
John Dewey, Democracy and Education
- Be neither too great a friend nor too great an enemy to any foreign power, for both enslave.
Claude RoessigerThe World Is Stupid-You Can’t Fix It!: But Could Something Be Done?
- The truest pleasure must come through the development within one of generous emotions, kind sympathies, and large social interests.
Epicurus, Principal Doctrines
- Love is a holy mystery and ought to be hidden from all other eyes, whatever happens. That makes it holier and better.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground
- A great many worries can be diminished by realizing the unimportance of the matter which is causing the anxiety.
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
- The greatest souls are capable of the greatest vices as well as the greatest virtues; and those who proceed but very slowly can make much greater progress, if they always follow the right path, than those who hurry and stray from it.
René Descartes, The Philosophical Writings of Descartes
- A man may not believe he is going to live for ever, but that is no reason why he should prefer poisons to food.
Benedict Spinoza, Ethics –
- We must care more for our honor, our friends, our human ties, than for a sound skin or wealth.
William JamesThe Principles of Psychology
- Prosperity is not of the essence of happiness.
Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle. A New Translation, Mainly from the Text …
- Such boredom can only end in apathy, indifference, and weariness with life, so that beneath the outward appearance there will be despair and bitterness.
Soren Kierkegaard, The Prayers of Kierkegaard
- A person who is able to promote the five attitudes in the world can be considered authoritative.’ ‘What are these?” Tzu-chang asked. Confucius replied: ‘Respect, Tolerance, Living-up to one’s word, Diligence, and generosity.
David L. Hall, Confucius, Roger T. Ames, Thinking Through Confucius
- To labor for the promoting of righteous conduct among the people of the land; to be serious in regard to spiritual beings, and to hold aloof from them; — this may be called wisdom.
Confucius, The Wisdom of Confucius with Critical and Biographical Sketches
- Education, therefore, is the greatest and hardest problem that can be proposed to man; for insight depends upon education, and education, again, depends upon insight.
Immanuel Kant, Educational theory of Immanuel Kant
- Philosophy is what philosophers do.
Nigel Warburton, Philosophy
- When it is a duty in loving to love the people we see, there is no limit to love; if the duty is to be fulfilled, love must be limitless, it is unchanged, no matter how the object becomes changed.
Søren Kierkegaard, The Essential Kierkegaard
- He who can buy courage is brave, even if he is a coward.
Karl Marx, Marx on Religion
- Philosophy is thinking; thinking is negative; negativity is experience; and experience is learning of experience as negative, in thinking, and as philosophy.
Nigel Tubbs, Philosophy’s Higher Education
- Philosophy, purpose, goals, and objectives — when clarified in that order, can provide the destination and road map for your life and leadership.
Nancy Hunter Denney, How to Zing!
- Remember, your philosophy stays strong and never changes, especially during chaos and adversity.
Jim Hinkson, The Art of Motivation for Team Sports
- Philosophy is a matter of opinion.
John Whitehead, The New Philosophy
- The person who does a favour is not the one who looks for a return, but the one who chooses to do good.
Leucippus, Democritus, C. C. W. Taylor, The Atomists, Leucippus and Democritus
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