Philosophy Quotes

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Philosophy Quotes

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

Albert Einstein

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

“Without music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

“Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.”

Benjamin Franklin Wade

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Nicolas Chamfort

“You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.”

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“May you live every day of your life.”

Jonathan Swift

“Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”

Albert Camus

“We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.”

May Sarton

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

Laurence J. Peter

“It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

William Shakespear, Hamlet

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

Frank Zappa

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Dr. Seuss

“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover

“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”


“Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.”

Lao Tsu, Tao Teh Ching

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.”


“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter”

John Keats, Ode On A Grecian Urn And Other Poems

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. ”

William S. Burroughs

“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy”

Ludwig van Beethoven

“Like all magnificent things, it’s very simple.”

Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.”

Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”


“A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“I would believe only in a God that knows how to dance.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.”

Keith Richards, Keith Richards: In His Own Words

“It is an ironic habit of human beings to run faster when they have lost their way.”

Rollo May

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”

Alan Wilson Watts

“One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.”

Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.”

James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

“No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.”

George Lucas, The Star Wars Trilogy

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.”

Albert Einstein

“The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.”

Lao Tzu, Te Tao Ching

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.”

Carl Sagan

“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.”

Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost

“Things do not change; we change.”

henry david thoreau, Walden

“Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.”


“What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

Hans Urs von Balthasar, Prayer

“Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”

Albert Camus

“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.”

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker”

Malcom X

“I don’t want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.”

Orhan Pamuk, My Name Is Red

“Know thyself? If I knew myself, I’d run away.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“I was never aware of any other option but to question everything.”

Noam Chomsky

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

Babe Ruth

“There are no ordinary moments.”

Dan Millman, Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives

“The menu is not the meal.”

Alan Watts

“Take it easy, but take it.”

Woody Guthrie

“All knowledge is worth having.”

Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart

“We should forgive our enemies, but not before they are hanged”

Heinrich Heine

“When a man learns to love, he must bear the risk of hatred.”

Uchiha Madara

“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.”

George S. Patton Jr.

“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

“Au milieu de l’hiver, j’ai découvert en moi un invincible été.”

Albert Camus

“A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.”

William James

“Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.”

Stephen Fry

“Fair speech may hide a foul heart.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

“A cult is a religion with no political power.”

Tom Wolfe

“Until an hour before the Devil fell, God thought him beautiful in Heaven.”

Arthur Miller, The Crucible

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

Socrates, Essential Thinkers - Socrates

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus

“The words ‘I Love You’ kill, and resurrect millions, in less than a second.”

Aberjhani, Elemental: The Power of Illuminated Love

“Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”

Sun Tzu

“Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.”

Richard P. Feynman

“There is no escape—we pay for the violence of our ancestors.”

Frank Herbert, Dune

“Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Who is John Galt?”

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

“Knowledge is power is time is money.”

Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

“The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.”

William Blake

“Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy”

Isaac Newton

“Life—the way it really is—is a battle not between good and bad, but between bad and worse”

Joseph Brodsky

“One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.”


“I think I am, therefore, I am… I think.”

George Carlin

“Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.”

Lisa Lutz, The Spellmans Strike Again

“I am, therefore I’ll think.”

Ayn Rand

“No man was ever wise by chance”


“He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing.”


“I am my world.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.”


“If you have reasons to love someone, you don’t love them.”

Slavoj Žižek

“Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.”

Stephen King

“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”

François de La Rochefoucauld

“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

G.K. Chesterton

“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”

Dale Carnegie

“If you don’t behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.”

Fulton J. Sheen

“Dance like it hurts. Love like you need money. Work when people are watching. — Dogbert’s Motto”

“Travel is never a matter of money but of courage”

Paulo Coelho, Aleph

“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau , Confessions

“To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.”

Blaise Pascal, Pensées

“All men by nature desire to know.”

Aristotle, Metaphysics

“All the world’s a stage.”

William Shakespeare, As You Like It

“I would prefer a sword to fight duel, but a pen to plan a war.”

Robert Thier, Storm and Silence

“Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.”

René Descartes

“This inhuman place makes human monsters.”

Stephen King, The Shining

“God is an ever-receding pocket of scientific ignorance.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

“I am one thing, my writings are another.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“The trouble is you can shut your eyes but you can’t shut your mind.”

Terry Pratchett, Wintersmith

“Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.”

Melissa Marr, Fragile Eternity

“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”

Lao Tzu

“The better organized the state, the duller its humanity.”

David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

“To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one’s self to die.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“If you’re gonna burn a bridge behind you, make sure you’ve crossed it first.”

Quentin R. Bufogle

“Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”

Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.”


“Un-winged and naked, sorrow surrenders its crown to a throne called grace.”

Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams

“If you’ve got the truth you can demonstrate it. Talking doesn’t prove it.”

Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“All paths are present, always… and we can but choose among them.”

Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Chosen

“Stop longing. You poison today’s ease, reaching always for tomorrow.”

Robin Hobb, Fool's Errand

“No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude.”

Karl Popper

“The treacherous are ever distrustful.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

“The map is not the territory.”

Alfred Korzybski

“Everyone is the other and no one is himself.”

Martin Heidegger, Being and Time

“Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.”

erma bombeck

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