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PHILOSOPHY
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[ Also see Argument Belief Logic Metaphysics Mind Opinion Philosophers Poetry Reason Resignation Science Speculation Theories ]

To ridicule philosophy is truly philosophical.
  [Fr., Se moquer de la philosophie c'est vraiment philosophe.]
      - Blaise Pascal, Pensees (act VII, 35)

Philosophy is the art of living.
      - Plutarch

Make philosophy thy journey, theology thy journey's end: philosophy is a pleasant way, but dangerous to him that either tires or retires; in this journey it is safe neither to loiter nor to rest, till thou hast attained thy journey's end; he that sits down a philosopher rises up an atheist.
      - Francis Quarles

On the one hand, philosophy is to keep us thinking about things that we may come to know, and on the other hand to keep us modestly aware of how much that seems like knowledge isn't knowledge.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Philosophy is an unusually ingenious attempt to think fallaciously.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Philosophy is the replacement of category-habits by category-disciplines.
      - Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind
         (introduction)

Philosophers are as jealous as women; each wants a monopoly of praise.
      - George Santayana

Philosophy is nothing but Discretion.
      - John Selden, Table Talk--Philosophy

Philosophy alone makes the mind invincible, and places us out of the reach of fortune, so that all her arrows fall short of us.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Philosophy is the health of the mind.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
  Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, v)

I will be flesh and blood;
  For there was never yet philosopher
    That could endure the toothache patiently,
      However they have writ the style of gods
        And make a push at chance and sufferance.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato at V, i)

I'll give thee armor to keep off that word;
  Adversity's sweet milk, philosophy,
    To comfort thee, though thou art banished.
      - William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet
         (Friar Laurence at III, iii)

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
         (act III)

Philosophy is reason with the eyes of the soul.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Philosophy begins with wonder.
      - Socrates

Philosophy consists not in airy schemes or idle speculations; the rule and conduct of all social life is her great province.
      - James Thomson (1)

Tutored by thee, hence Poetry exalts
  Her voice to ages; and informs the page
    With music, image, sentiment, and thought,
      Never to die! the treasure of mankind!
        Their highest honor, and their truest joy!
          Without thee, what were unenlighten'd Man?
      - James Thomson (1)

Clearness marks the sincerity of philosophers.
  [Fr., La clarte est la bonne foi des philosophes.]
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues,
        Pensees Diverses
         (no. 372, Gilbert's ed., 1857, vol. I, p. 475)

The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)


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