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To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain.
      - Epictetus

The Beginning of Philosophy . . . is a Consciousness of your own Weakness and inability in necessary things.
      - Epictetus, Discourses
         (bk. II, ch. XI, st. 1)

Let no one delay the study of philosophy while young nor weary of it when old.
      - Epicurus

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.
      - James Anthony Froude,
        Short Studies on Great Subjects--Calvinism

Divine Philosophy! by whose pure light
  We first distinguish, then pursue the right;
    Thy power the breast from every error frees,
      And weeds out all its vices by degrees.
      - Humphrey Gifford

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

All that philosophy can teach is to be stubborn or sullen under misfortunes.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

This same philosophy is a good horse in the stable, but an arrant jade on a journey.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Good-Natured Man
         (act I)

The business of philosophy is to circumnavigate human nature.
      - Augustus William Hare

The purpose of philosophers is to show people what is right under their noses.
      - Eric Hoffer

Be a philosopher but, amid all your philosophy be still a man.
      - David Hume

Whence? whither? why? how?--these questions cover all philosophy.
      - Joseph Joubert

Philosophy is the rational expression of genius.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

A true philosopher is beyond the reach of fortune.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Religion is the eldest sister of philosophy: on whatever subjects they may differ, it is unbecoming in either to quarrel, and most so about their inheritance.
      - Walter Savage Landor

True philosophy is that which renders us to ourselves, and all others who surround us, better, and at the same time more content, more patient, more calm and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

It not seldom happens that in the purposeless rovings and wanderings of the imagination we hunt down such game as can be put to use by our purposeful philosophy in its well-ordered household.
      - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Philosophy first constructs a scheme of happiness and then tries to fit the world to it.
      - Henry Louis Mencken

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery.
      - Henry Miller

How charming is divine philosophy!
  Not harsh, and crabbed, as full fools suppose,
    But musical as is Apollo's lute,
      And a perpetual feast of nectar'd sweets,
        Where no crude surfeit reigns.
      - John Milton, Mask of Comus (l. 476)

That stone, . . .
  Philosophers in vain so long have sought.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. III, l. 600)

The Christian religion, rightly understood, is the deepest and choicest price of philosophy.
      - Thomas Moore

A pipe is a pocket philosopher,--a truer one than Socrates, for it never asks questions. Socrates must have been very tiresome, when one thinks of it.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

To scorn philosophy is truly to philosophize.
      - Blaise Pascal

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