Philosophy, often described as the love of wisdom, has been a subject of contemplation and inquiry for centuries. Through the profound words of philosophers, we gain insights into the complexities of life and the nature of existence. Quotations about philosophy encapsulate the depth and breadth of human thought on profound matters. From ancient philosophers like Plato and Aristotle to modern thinkers like Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean-Paul Sartre, their words continue to resonate with individuals seeking to understand the world around them.

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The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

— Abraham Lincoln

An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.”

— Albert Camus

Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.

— Albert Camus

When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don’t have in my mouth.

— Albert Einstein

Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations.

— Aldous Huxley

Philosophy, law and ethics, to be effective in a dynamic world must be dynamic; they must be made vital enough to keep pace with the progress of life and science.

— Alfred Korzybski

Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.

— Alfred North Whitehead

In philosophical discussion, the merest hint of dogmatic certainty as to finality of statement is an exhibition of folly.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Why not let people differ about their answers to the great mysteries of the Universe? Let each seek one’s own way to the highest, to one’s own sense of supreme loyalty in life, one’s ideal of life. Let each philosophy, each world-view bring forth its truth and beauty to a larger perspective, that people may grow in vision, stature and dedication.

— Algernon Black

I have a simple philosophy: Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.

— Alice Longworth Roosevelt

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

— Ambrose Bierce

Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.

— Ambrose Bierce

No book has yet been written in praise of a woman who let her husband and children starve or suffer while she invented even the most useful things, or wrote books, or expressed herself in art, or evolved philosophic systems.

— Anna Garlin Spencer, Woman’s Share in Social Culture, 1912

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.

— Anton Chekhov

Philosophy is the science which considers truth.

— Aristotle

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.

— Aristotle

The life of theoretical philosophy is the best and happiest a man can lead. Few men are capable of it and then only intermittently. For the rest there is a second-best way of life, that of moral virtue and practical wisdom.

— Aristotle

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

— Baruch Spinoza

In philosophy an individual is becoming himself.

— Bernard Lonergan

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.

— Bertrand Russell

I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn’t wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.

— Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.

— Bertrand Russell

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

— Bertrand Russell

Dogmatism and skepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing. What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.

— Bertrand Russell

If you wish to become a philosopher, the first thing to realise is that most people go through life with a whole world of beliefs that have no sort of rational justification, and that one man’s world of beliefs is apt to be incompatible with another man’s, so that they cannot both be right. People’s opinions are mainly designed to make them feel comfortable; truth, for most people is a secondary consideration.

— Bertrand Russell, The Art of Philosophizing and other Essays (1942)

To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.

— Blaise Pascal

To ridicule philosophy is really to philosophize.

— Blaise Pascal

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.

— C. S. Lewis

There are three modes of bearing the ills of life; by indifference, which is the most common; by philosophy, which is the most ostentatious; and by religion, which is the most effectual.

— Charles Caleb Colton

I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.

— Charles M. Schulz

There’s a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker.

— Charles M. Schulz

Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.

— Criss Jami, Killosophy

‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.

— Dag Hammarskjold

And as this is the obvious appearance of things, it must be admitted, till some hypothesis be discovered, which by penetrating deeper into human nature, may prove the former affections to be nothing but modifications of the latter. All attempts of this kind have hitherto proved fruitless, and seem to have proceeded entirely from that love of simplicity which has been the source of much false reasoning in philosophy.

— David Hume

Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.

— David Hume

What has not been examined impartially has not been well examined. Skepticism is therefore the first step towards truth.

— Denis Diderot

When science, art, literature, and philosophy are simply the manifestation of personality they are on a level where glorious and dazzling achievements are possible, which can make a man’s name live for thousands of years.

— Denis Diderot

Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.

— Edgar Allan Poe

There is but one philosophy and its name is fortitude! To bear is to conquer our fate.

— Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

What does mysticism really mean? It means the way to attain knowledge. It’s close to philosophy, except in philosophy you go horizontally while in mysticism you go vertically.

— Elie Wiesel

It requires philosophy and heroism to rise above the opinion of the wise men of all nations and races.

— Elizabeth Cady Stanton

The Beginning of Philosophy is a Consciousness of your own Weakness and inability in necessary things.

— Epictetus

Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion .. . and the discovery of a standard of judgement.

— Epictetus

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

— Epictetus

Without philosophy man cannot know what he makes; without religion he cannot know why.

— Eric Gill

Every dogma, every philosophic or theological creed, was at its inception a statement in terms of the intellect of a certain inner experience.

— Felix Adler

A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.

— Francis Bacon

The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance. But the bee takes the middle course: it gathers its material from the flowers of the garden and field, but transforms and digests it by a power of its own. Not unlike this is the true business of philosophy (science); for it neither relies solely or chiefly on the powers of the mind, nor does it take the matter which it gathers from natural history and mechanical experiments and lay up in the memory whole, as it finds it, but lays it up in the understanding altered and disgested. Therefore, from a closer and purer league between these two faculties, the experimental and the rational (such as has never been made), much may be hoped.

— Francis Bacon
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