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Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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To live without philosophizing is properly to have one's eyes closed and never attempt to open them.”
René Descartes - Principles of Philosophy
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Philosophy is properly Home-sickness; the wish to be everywhere at home.”
Novalis
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The courage of Truth, the belief in the power of the spirit, is the first condition of philosophical study.”
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
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The kind of philosophy one chooses thus depends on the kind of person one is.”
Johann Gottlieb Fichte
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Poetry is related to philosophy as experience is related to empirical science.”
Arthur Schopenhauer - The World as Will and Representation
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Philosophy is written in this grand book, which stands continually open before our eyes (I say the Universe), but can not be understood without first learning to comprehend the language and know the characters as it is written. It is written in mathematical language, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometric figures, without which it is impossible to humanly understand a word; without these one is wandering in a dark labyrinth.”
Galileo Galilei
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition, that it must be lived forwards.”
Soren Kierkegaard - Journals
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Philosophy aims at the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-philosophicus
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Philosophize is to learn how to die.”
Michel de Montaigne - Essays
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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.”
Ludwig van Beethoven
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To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.”
Blaise Pascal - Pensées
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There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

William Shakespeare - The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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Philosophy is the microscope of thought.”
Victor Hugo - Les Misérables
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Leisure is the mother of philosophy.”
Thomas Hobbes
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Philosophy is good advice; and no one can give advice at the top of his lungs.”
Seneca
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A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism, but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.”
Francis Bacon
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Perhaps men entertain as many truths as falsehoods; have as many good qualities as bad; feel as many pleasures as pains. But we like to malign human nature, in order to try to raise ourselves above the common level, and to acquire for ourselves the respect of which we strive to rob it. We are so presumptuous, that we imagine we can separate our own personal interests from those of humanity in general, and malign the human race without implicating ourselves. This absurd vanity has filled books of philosophy with diatribes against human nature. Man is in disgrace with all thinkers, who rival one another in accusing him of depravity. But perhaps he may be about to rise again and recover all his virtues; nothing is permanent, and philosophy, like clothes, music, architecture, &c, has its vogues.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and Maxims
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Philosophy is true mother of the arts.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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When you are studying any matter, or considering any philosophy, ask yourself only: What are the facts, and what is the truth that the facts bear out. Never let yourself be diverted, either by what you wish to believe, or what you think could have beneficent social effects if it were believed; but look only and solely at what are the facts.”
Bertrand Russell
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Luxurious food and drinks, in no way protect you from harm. Wealth beyond what is natural, is no more use than an overflowing container. Real value is not generated by theaters, and baths, perfumes or ointments, but by philosophy.”
Epicurus
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O philosophy, life’s guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Philosophy only is the true one which reproduces most faithfully the statements of nature, and is written down, as it were, from nature's dictation, so that it is nothing but a copy and a reflection of nature, and adds nothing of its own, but is merely a repetition and echo.”
Francis Bacon
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A new fundamental science, pure phenomenology, has developed within philosophy: This is a science of a thoroughly new type and endless scope. It is inferior in methodological rigor to none of the modern sciences. All philosophical disciplines are rooted in pure phenomenology, through whose development, and through it alone, they obtain their proper force.”
Edmund Husserl
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The history of philosophical system is the picture gallery of reason.”
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach
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When people begin to philosophize they seem to think it necessary to make themselves artificially stupid.”
Bertrand Russell
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A philosophy should be portable.”
Paul Valéry
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There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples my philosophy is kindness.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
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