Philosophy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old philosophy quotes, philosophy sayings, and philosophy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of our language.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The sum total of all possible knowledge of God is not possible for a human being, not even through a true revelation. But it is one of the worthiest inquiries to see how far our reason can go in the knowledge of God.     

Immanuel Kant

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Albus Dumbledore

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.     

Jeremy Bentham

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.

Joseph Chilton Pearce

It is the privilege of true genius, And especially genius who opens up a new path, To make great mistakes with impunity.

Lewis Carrol

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.     

Plato

Philosophy is common sense with big words.

James Madison

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something.     

Plato

All things have sprung from nothing and are borne forward to infinity. Who can follow out such an astonishing career? The Author of these wonders, and He alone, can comprehend them.     

Blaise Pascal

Philosophy must indeed recognize the possibility that the people rise to it, but must not lower itself to the people.

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

You are never too old to set another goal. Or to dream a new dream.

Aristotle

Happiness is something final and complete in itself, As being the aim and end of practical activities whatever... Happiness then we define as the active exercise of the mind In conformity with perfect goodness or virtue.

Aristotle

Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.     

William of Ockham

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.     

Bertrand Russell

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

James Rusell Lowell

Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.     

Gabrielle Roth

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.     

Bruce Lee

There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.

C. S. Lewis

One cannot step twice in the same river.     

Heraclitus

We live in the best of all possible worlds.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers.     

Plato

Any philosophy that can fit into a nutshell belongs there.

Grenville Kleiser

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo

The Intentionality of the mind not only creates the possibility of meaning, but limits its forms.     

John Searle

I think therefore I am.     

Rene Descartes

You can't do without philosophy, since everything has its hidden meaning which we must know.     

Maxim Gorky

To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere Philosophy.     

Sir Thomas Browne

Live simply that others may simply live.     

Mahatma Gandhi

Philosophy, a route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

Ambrose Bierce

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