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PHILOSOPHY
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Philosophy, when superficially studied, excites doubt; when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.
      - Francis Bacon

The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded.
      - Francis Bacon

A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion.
      - Francis Bacon, Essays--Atheism

The relation of this God with this man; the relation of this man with this God--this is the only theme of the Bible and of philosophy.
      - Karl Barth, Der Romerbrief

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The province of philosophy is not so much to prevent calamities befalling as to demonstrate that they are blessings when they have taken place.
      - Ernest Bramah

Philosophy, while it soothes the reason, damps the ambition.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Sublime Philosophy!
  Thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven;
    And bright with beckoning angels--but alas!
      We see thee like the patriarch, but in dreams,
        By the first step,--dull slumbering on the earth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Richelieu (act III, sc. 1, l. 4)

Queen of arts, and daughter of heaven.
      - Edmund Burke

Beside, he was a shrewd philosopher,
  And had read ev'ry text and gloss over
    Whate'er the crabbed'st author hath,
      He understood b' implicit faith.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto I, l. 127)

The philosopher is he to whom the highest has descended, and the lowest has mounted up; who is the equal and kindly brother of all.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Before philosophy can teach by Experience, the Philosophy has to be in readiness, the Experience must be gathered and intelligibly recorded.
      - Thomas Carlyle, Essays--On History

Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.
      - Richard Cecil

Philosophy, if rightly defined, is naught but the love of wisdom.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

There is nothing so absurd as not to have been said by a philosopher.
  [Lat., Nihil tam absurdum, quod non dictum sit ab aliquo philosophorum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

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.
  [Lat., O vitae philosophia dux! O virtutis indagatrix, expultrixque vitiorum! Quid non modo nos, sed omnino vita hominum sine et esse potuisset? Tu urbes peperisti; tu dissipatos homines in societatum vitae convocasti.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Tusc. Quoest. (bk. V, 2, 5)

Philosophy abounds more than philosophers, and learning more than learned men.
      - William Benton Clulow

Philosophy is a bully that talks very loud when the danger is at a distance; but the moment she is hard pressed by the enemy she is not to be found at her post, but leaves the brunt of the battle to be borne by her humbler but steadier comrade, Religion.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Philosophy is a goddess, whose head indeed is in heaven, but whose feet are upon earth; she attempts more than she accomplishes, and promises more than she performs.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

What is philosophy? It is something that lightens up, that makes bright.
      - Victor Cousin

To be a husbandman is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather a retreat from the world, as it is man's, into the world, as it is God's.
      - Abraham Cowley

Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism.
      - Denis Diderot

The first step towards philosophy is incredulity.
      - Denis Diderot, Last Conversation

I would not think that philosophy and reason themselves will be man's guide in the foreseeable future; however, they will remain the most beautiful sanctuary they have always been for the select few.
      - Albert Einstein


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