Philosophy quotes

  • All my life I've been aware of the Second World War humming in the background. I was born 10 years after it was finished, and without ever seeing it. It formed my generation and the world we lived in. I played Hurricanes and Spitfires in the playground, and war films still form the basis of all my moral philosophy. All the men I've ever got to my feet for or called sir had been in the war.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Philosophy #War #Men

  • To be nonviolent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of the poor animals is Satan's philosophy. In this age there is always enmity against poor animals, and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. The reaction of the poor animals is being forced on human society, and therefore there is always strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally.
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Philosophy #War #Animal

  • Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation.
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Philosophy #Sometimes #Speculation

  • Men have presented their plans and philosophies for the remedying of earth's ills, but Jesus stands alone in presenting not a system, but His own personality as capable of supplying the needs of the soul.
    -- A. C. Dixon

    #Jesus #Philosophy #Men

  • I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.
    -- A. E. Housman

    #Philosophy #Historical #World

  • If a musician wants to blossom into a full-fledged person, it's not enough if he knows only classical music; nor it is enough if he's well-versed only in raagas and techniques. Instead, he should be a knowledgeable person interested in life and philosophy. In his personal life there should be, atleast in some corner of his heart, a tinge of lingering sorrow.
    -- A. R. Rahman

    #Philosophy #Heart #Sorrow

  • Future generations may or may not judge Wittgenstein to be one of the great philosophers. Even if they do not, however, he is sure always to count as one of the great personalities of philosophy. From our perspective it is easy to mistake one for the other; which he is time will tell.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Philosophy #Mistake #Perspective

  • Humanism is the philosophy that you should be a good guest at the dinner table of life.
    -- A.C. Grayling

    #Philosophy #Guests #Tables

  • In other words, the propositions of philosophy are not factual, but linguistic in character - that is, they do not describe the behaviour of physical, or even mental, objects; they express definitions, or the formal consequences of definitions. Accordingly we may say that philosophy is a department of logic. For we will see that the characteristic mark of a purely logical enquiry, is that it is concerned with the formal consequences of our definitions and not with questions of empirical fact.
    -- A.J. Ayer

    #Philosophy #Character #Enquiry

  • The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful. The surest way to end them is to establish beyond question what should be the purpose and method of a philosophical enquiry. And this is by no means so difficult a task as the history of philosophy would lead one to suppose. For if there are any questions which science leaves it to philosophy to answer, a straightforward process of elimination must lead to their discovery.
    -- A.J. Ayer

    #Truth #Philosophy #Philosophical

  • There are times when the end justifies the means. But when you build an argument based on a whole series of such times, you may find that you've constructed an entire philosophy of evil." --Luke Skywalker
    -- Aaron Allston

    #Philosophy #Mean #Evil

  • The philosophy of the school was quite simple - the bright boys specialised in Latin, the not so bright in science and the rest managed with geography or the like.
    -- Aaron Klug

    #Latin #Philosophy #School

  • Don't be ashamed to let your conscience be your guide.
    -- Aaron Neville

    #Philosophy #Guides #Ashamed

  • Science has revealed that the human body is made up of millions and millions of atoms... For example, I am made up of 5.8x10^27 atoms.
    -- Abdul Kalam

    #Philosophy #Medicine #Psychology

  • The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Motivational #Education #Philosophy

  • There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Philosophy #Past #President

  • The study of crippled, stunted, immature, and unhealthy specimens can yield only a cripple psychology and a cripple philosophy
    -- Abraham Maslow

    #Philosophy #Yield #Psychology

  • As a system of philosophy it is not like the Tower of Babel, so daring its high aim as to seek a shelter against God's anger; but it is like a pyramid poised on its apex.
    -- Adam Sedgwick

    #Philosophy #Pyramids #Tower Of Babel

  • The pretended physical philosophy of modern days strips Man of all his moral attributes, or holds them of no account in the estimate of his origin and place in the created world.
    -- Adam Sedgwick

    #Philosophy #Men #World

  • A cold atheistical materialism is the tendency of the so-called material philosophy of the present day.
    -- Adam Sedgwick

    #Philosophy #Cold #Materialism

  • In regards to the price of commodities, the rise of wages operates as simple interest does, the rise of profit operates like compound interest. Our merchants and masters complain much of the bad effects of high wages in raising the price and lessening the sale of goods. They say nothing concerning the bad effects of high profits. They are silent with regard to the pernicious effects of their own gains. They complain only of those of other people.
    -- Adam Smith

    #Philosophy #Simple #People

  • If you win, you need not have to explain...If you lose, you should not be there to explain!
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Truth #Philosophy #Winning

  • I want everyone to keep the property that he has acquired for himself according to the principle:benefit to the community precedes benefit to the individual. But the state should retain supervision and each property owner should consider himself appointed by the state. It is his duty not to use his property against the interests of others among his own people. This is the crucial matter. The Third Reich will always retain its right to control the owners of property.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Philosophy #People #Community

  • Only in the struggle between two philosophies can the weapon of brutal force, persistently and ruthlessly applied, lead to a decision for the side it supports.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Philosophy #Struggle #Two

  • ... if, as women, we accept a philosophy of history that asserts that women are by definition assimilated into the male universal,that we can understand our past through a male lens--if we are unaware that women even have a history--we live our lives similarly unanchored, drifting in response to a veering wind of myth and bias.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Philosophy #Past #Wind

  • The intricacies of spiritual philosophy and theologies are just a thought within Emptiness.
    -- Adyashanti

    #Love #Spiritual #Philosophy

  • The divine element manifests itself (or show up) in man as well by his aptitude for science, than by his aptitude for virtue. True morality, true philosophy and true art are in their essence ("dans leur essence", Fr.) religious.
    -- African Spir

    #Religious #Art #Philosophy

  • If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
    -- Agatha Christie

    #Philosophy #One Day #Complaining

  • Philosophy gets its ugly head into everything, but I don't think we live philosophy anymore. It's done.
    -- Agnes Denes

    #Philosophy #Thinking #Done

  • No philosophy, my son; it is of no use to an emperor.
    -- Agrippina the Younger

    #Leadership #Philosophy #Son

  • Historically, China is not a nation of sportsmen. We traditionally put more emphasis on being close to nature than pushing endlessly to excel. A philosophy that values tranquil contemplation of the landscape cannot easily be adapted to the Olympic slogan of 'higher, stronger, faster.'
    -- Ai Weiwei

    #Philosophy #Stronger #Landscape

  • I want to be a more serious-minded Christian, more detached from this world, more ready for heaven than I have ever been in my whole life. I want an ear that is sharp to know the voice of the enemy, whether it comes from religion, politics, or philosophy ... I would rather stand and have everybody my enemy than to go along with the crowd to destruction. Do you feel that way?
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Philosophy #Voice

  • Philosophy and science have not always been friendly toward the idea of God, the reason being they are dedicated to the task of accounting for things and are impatient with anything that refuses to give an account of itself. The philosopher and the scientist will admit that there is much that they do not know; but that is quite another thing from admitting there is something which they can never know, which indeed they have no technique for discovering.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Philosophy #Ideas #Giving

  • My origami creations, in accordance with the laws of nature, require the use of geometry, science, and physics. They also encompass religion, philosophy, and biochemistry. Overall, I want you to discover the joy of creation by your own handthe possibility of creation from paper is infinite.
    -- Akira Yoshizawa

    #Philosophy #Law #Joy

  • All philosophies are mental fabrications. There has never been a single doctrine by which one could enter the true essence of things.
    -- Akkineni Nagarjuna

    #Buddhist #Philosophy #Essence

  • Philosophy is an attempt by man to find cause and effect. Religion has the same goal
    -- Al Goldstein

    #Philosophy #Men #Goal

  • I don't discuss basketball. I dictate basketball. I'm not interested in philosophy classes.
    -- Al McGuire

    #Basketball #Philosophy #Class

  • White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires ... We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was ... we taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Philosophy #Pyramids #White

  • I very rarely read any fiction. I love biographies; I read about all kinds of people. I love theology and some philosophy.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Philosophy #People #Fiction

  • In my view, only those who have had the courage to work through Lacan's anti-philosophy without faltering deserve to be called 'contemporary philosophers'.
    -- Alain Badiou

    #Philosophy #Views #Philosopher

  • And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my experience of Christianity growing up was a sort of acceptance, a sort of being OK with being imperfect and not focusing on the sin.
    -- Alan Ball

    #Growing Up #Philosophy #Buddhism

  • ... Once I start a book I finish it. That was the way one was brought up. Books, bread and butter, mashed potato - one finishes what's on one's plate. That's always been my philosophy.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Philosophy #Book #Way

  • There is nothing in art, in philosophy, or in politics to match the fervor of mutual cooperation among discordant bands of fanatics.
    -- Alan Dean Foster

    #Art #Philosophy #Band

  • Anything that we can do to raise personal savings is very much in the interest of this country.
    -- Alan Greenspan

    #Country #Philosophy #Political

  • I think if Tottenham are going to be top four side, the fans and the club will need to get away from the philosophy of 'pretty football', that's got to go.
    -- Alan Hansen

    #Football #Philosophy #Thinking

  • Sublime Philosophy! Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven; And bright with beckoning angels—but alas! We see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, By the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.
    -- Alan Judd

    #Dream #Art #Philosophy

  • Too much philosophy makes men mad.
    -- Alan Judd

    #Philosophy #Men #Mad

  • With a background in science I am extremely interested in the meeting ground of science, theology, and philosophy, especially the ethical questions at the border of science and theology.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Philosophy #Borders #Ethical

  • Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust.
    -- Alan Moore

    #Sex #Philosophy #Dark

  • Every reader should ask himself periodically “Toward what end, toward what end?”—but do not ask it too often lest you pass up the fun of programming for the constipation of bittersweet philosophy.
    -- Alan Perlis

    #Fun #Philosophy #Bittersweet

  • A living body is not a fixed thing but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool: the shape alone is stable, for the substance is a stream of energy going in at one end and out at the other. We are particularly and temporarily identifiable wiggles in a stream that enters us in the form of light, heat, air, water, milk, bread, fruit, beer, beef Stroganoff, caviar, and pate de foie gras. It goes out as gas and excrement - and also as semen, babies, talk, politics, commerce, war, poetry, and music. And philosophy.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Baby #Philosophy #War

  • The menu is not the meal.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Inspiring #Philosophy #Meals

  • In Hindu philosophy the whole creation is regarded as the Vishnu Lila, the play of Vishnu. Lila means dance or play. Also in Hindu philosophy, they call the world illusion; and in Latin the root of the word illusion is ludere, to play.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Philosophy #Latin #Mean

  • The agnostic, the skeptic, is neurotic, but this does not imply a false philosophy; it implies the discovery of facts to which he does not know how to adapt himself. The intellectual who tries to escape from neurosis by escaping from the facts is merely acting on the principle that “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Wise #Philosophy #Ignorance

  • I'm lost, but I'm hopeful.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Philosophy #Hopeful #Lost

  • Stay and respond and expand and include and allow and forgive and enjoy and evolve and discern and inquire and accept and admit and divulge and open and reach out and speak up, this is utopia.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Philosophy #Forgiving #Speak

  • To lie to yourself, and thereby to everyone else.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Philosophy #Lying

  • Imprisoning philosophy within the professionalizations and specializations of an institutionalized curriculum, after the manner of our contemporary European and North American culture, is arguably a good deal more effective in neutralizing its effects than either religious censorship or political terror
    -- Alasdair MacIntyre

    #Religious #Philosophy #Political

  • H&M approached us to collaborate, and see if we could translate the dream we created at Lanvin to a wider audience, not just a dress for less. I have said in the past that I would never do a mass-market collection, but what intrigued me was the idea of H&M going luxury rather than Lanvin going public. This has been an exceptional exercise, where two companies at opposite poles can work together because we share the same philosophy of bringing joy and beauty to men and women around the world.
    -- Alber Elbaz

    #Dream #Philosophy #Exercise

  • If there is any characteristic that is distinctly human, it is the capability for reflective self-consciousness.
    -- Albert Bandura

    #Philosophy #Educational #Self

  • It was as if that great rush of anger had washed me clean, emptied me of hope, and, gazing up at the dark sky spangled with its signs and stars, for the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference of the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed, so brotherly, made me realize that I'd been happy, and that I was happy still. For all to be accomplished, for me to feel less lonely, all that remained to hope was that on the day of my execution there should be a huge crowd of spectators and that they should greet me with howls of execration.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Lonely #Stars #Philosophy

  • There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Suicide #Philosophy #Philosophical

  • There is always a philosophy for lack of courage.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Philosophy #Cowardice

  • We are living in the era of premeditation and the perfect crime. Our criminals are no longer helpless children who could plead love as their excuse. On the contrary, they are adults and the have the perfect alibi: philosophy, which can be used for any purpose - even for transforming murderers into judges.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Children #Philosophy #Judging

  • Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Philosophy #Men #Prey

  • 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

    #Philosophy #Life Changing #Mean

  • Ironic philosophies produce passionate works.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Philosophy #Ironic #Passionate

  • To think is first of all to create a world (or to limit one's own world, which comes to the same thing).
    -- Albert Camus

    #Art #Philosophy #Thinking

  • I do not have much liking for the too famous existential philosophy, and, to tell the truth, I think its conclusions false.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Philosophy #Thinking #Telling The Truth

  • If most of us are ashamed of shabby clothes and shoddy furniture let us be more ashamed of shabby ideas and shoddy philosophies.... It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside it.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Inspirational #Spiritual #Philosophy

  • Those who have the privilege to know have the duty to act.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Philosophy #Historical #Privilege

  • Everything is Energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Philosophy #Reality #Energy

  • I would not think that philosophy and reason themselves will be man's guide in the foreseeable future; however, they will remain the most beautiful sanctuary they have always been for the select few.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Beautiful #Philosophy #Future

  • When I study philosophical works I feel I am swallowing something which I don't have in my mouth.
    -- Albert Einstein

    #Philosophy #Philosophical #Swallowing

  • As a result of my philosophy, I wasn't even upset about Hitler. I was willing to go to war to knock him off, but I didn't hate him. I hated what he was doing.
    -- Albert Ellis

    #Hate #Philosophy #War

  • The Kassideans or Assideans...arose either during the Captivity or soon after the restoration...The Essenians were, however, undoubtedly connected with the Temple (of Solomon), as their origin is derived by the learned Scalier, with every appearance of truth, from the Kassideans, a fraternity of Jewish devotees, who, in the language of Laurie, had associated together as 'Knights of the Temple of Jerusalem.'...From the Essenians Pythagoras derived much, if not all, of the knowledge and the ceremonies with which he clothed the esoteric school of his philosophy.
    -- Albert Mackey

    #Philosophy #School #Knights

  • The Cabala may be defined to be a system of philosophy which embraces certain mystical interpretations of Scripture, and metaphysical and spiritual beings... Much use is made of it in the advanced degrees, and entire Rites have been constructed on its principles.
    -- Albert Mackey

    #Spiritual #Philosophy #Use

  • Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
    -- Albert Pike

    #Philosophy #Journey #Perfection

  • The true philosophy, known and practiced by Solomon, is the basis on which Masonry is founded.
    -- Albert Pike

    #Philosophy #Masonry #Solomon

  • Any religion or philosophy which is not based on a respect for life is not a true religion or philosophy.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Respect #Philosophy #Life Is

  • True philosophy must start from the most immediate and comprehensive fact of consciousness: 'I am life that wants to live, in the midst of life that wants to live
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Life #Philosophy #Facts

  • Ethics are complete, profound and alive only when addressed to all living beings. Only then are we in spiritual connection with the world. Any philosophy not representing this, not based on the indefinite totality of life, is bound to disappear.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Spiritual #Philosophy #Profound

  • We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it.
    -- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

    #Philosophy #Real #Men

  • Your woodlot is, in fact, an historical document which faithfully records your personal philosophy.
    -- Aldo Leopold

    #Philosophy #Historical #Records

  • The Bhagavad-Gita is the most systematic statement of spiritual evolution of endowing value to mankind. It is one of the most clear and comprehensive summaries of perennial philosophy ever revealed; hence its enduring value is subject not only to India but to all of humanity.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Spiritual #Philosophy #Humanity

  • The pursuit of truth is just a polite name for the intellectual's favorite pastime of substituting simple and therefore false abstractions for the living complexities of reality.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Art #Philosophy #Simple

  • When an artist deserts to the side of the angels, it is the most odious of treasons.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Art #Philosophy #Angel

  • The Perennial Philosophy is expressed most succinctly in the Sanskrit formula, tat tvam asi ('That art thou'); the Atman, or immanent eternal Self, is one with Brahman, the Absolute Principle of all existence; and the last end of every human being, is to discover the fact for himself, to find out who he really is.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Art #Philosophy #Self

  • To travel is to discover that everybody is wrong. The philosophies, the civilizations which seem, at a distance, so superior to those current at home, all prove on a close inspection to be in their own way just as hopelessly imperfect.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Distance #Home

  • What drivel it all is!... A string of words called religion. Another string of words called philosophy. Half a dozen other stringscalled political ideals. And all the words either ambiguous or meaningless. And people getting so excited about them they'll murder their neighbours for using a word they don't happen to like. A word that probably doesn't mean as much as a good belch. Just a noise without even the excuse of gas on the stomach.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Mean #People

  • Our conviction that the world is meaningless is due in part to the fact (discussed in a later paragraph) that the philosophy of meaningless lends itself very effectively to furthering the ends of political and erotic passion; in part to a genuine intellectual error - the error of identifying the world of science, a world from which all meaning has deliberately been excluded, with ultimate reality.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Passion #Reality

  • To the exponents of the Perennial Philosophy, the question whether Progress is inevitable or even real is not a matter of primary importance. For them, the important thing is that individual men and women should come to the unitive knowledge of the divine Ground, and what interests them in regard to the social environment is not its progressiveness or non-progressiveness (whatever those terms may mean), but the degree to which it helps or hinders individuals in the their advance towards man's final end.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Real #Mean

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

    #Philosophy #History #Firsts

  • The Savage interrupted him. "But isn't it natural to feel there's a God?" "You might as well ask if it's natural to do up one's trousers with zippers," said the Controller sarcastically. "You remind me of another of those old fellows called Bradley. He defined philosophy as the finding of bad reason for what one believes by instinct. As if one believed anything by instinct! One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them. Finding bad reasons for what one believes for other bad reasons–that's philosophy. People believe in God because they've been conditioned to.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Philosophy #Believe #Zippers

  • Anarchism is that political philosophy which advocates the maximization of individual responsibility and the reduction of concentrated power regal, dictatorial, parliamentary: the institutions which go loosely by the name of "government" to a vanishing minimum.
    -- Alex Comfort

    #Philosophy #Responsibility #Government

  • The philosophy of a lot of European teams, even in home matches, is not to give a goal away.
    -- Alex Ferguson

    #Soccer #Philosophy #Team

  • I acknowledge the privilege of being alive in a human body at this moment, endowed with senses, memories, emotions, thoughts, and the space of mind in its wisdom aspect.
    -- Alex Grey

    #Memories #Philosophy #Space

  • We live in an ocean of air like fish in a body of water. By our breathing we are attuned to our atmosphere. If we inhibit our breathing we isolate ourselves from the medium in which we exist. In all Oriental and mystic philosophies, the breath holds the secret to the highest bliss.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Philosophy #Ocean #Air

  • The person senses what it feels like to be free from inhibitions. At the same time he feels connected and integrated – with his body and, through his body, with his environment. He has a sense of well-being and inner peace. He gains the knowledge that the life of the body resides in its involuntary aspect. […] Unfortunately these beautiful feelings do not always hold up under the stress of daily living in our modern culture. The pace, the pressure and the philosophy of our times are antithetical to life.
    -- Alexander Lowen

    #Beautiful #Philosophy #Stress

  • That my philosophy of life is, as far as possible, one of enjoyment. I'm not nihilistic.
    -- Alexander McCall Smith

    #Philosophy #Life Is #Life Philosophy