Philosophy Quotes

Fun ones

Semantics ... is mostly about counterfactuals ... Epistemology, by contrast, is mostly about money [.] - Jerry Fodor. The Elm and the Expert.


Know Thyself. - THALES OF MILETUS (c. 625 - 545 BC)

Do not do to others what you do not wish upon yourself. - CONFUCIUS (551 – 479BC)

Man is the measure of all things. - PROTAGORAS (c. 490-c. 420 BC)

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. - EURIPIDES (c. 485 - 406 BC)

In fleeing death men pursue it. - DEMOCRITUS OF ABDERA (fl. Late fifth century BC)

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the proper way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death. - PLATO (c. 428 – 347 BC)

Man is by nature a political animal. - ARISTOTLE (384 - 322 BC)

The words of that philosopher who offers no therapy for human suffering are empty and vain. - EPICURUS (341 – 270 BC)

Life is finite. Knowledge is infinite. - ZHUANGZI (c. 286 BC)

It is vain to do with more what can be done with less. - WILLIAM OF OCKHAM (c. 1285 – c. 1349)

The gems of philosophy are not less precious because they are not understood. - GIORDANO BRUNO OF NOLA (1548 – 1600)

Man’s greatness comes from knowing he is wretched: a tree does not know it is wretched. - BLAISE PASCAL (1623 – 1662)

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. - JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU (1712 - 1778)

Does anyone really know where they’re going to? - DENIS DIDEROT (1713 – 1784)

Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing can ever be made. - IMMANUAL KANT (1724 – 1804)

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. - JEREMY BENTHAM (1748-1832)

What experience and history teach is this-that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it. - GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL (1770 – 1831)

The need to raise itself above humanity is humanity’s main characteristic. - FRIEDRICH VON SCHLEGEL (1772 – 1829)

The sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number, is self-protection. - JOHN STUART MILL (1806 - 1873)

There are now-a-days professors of philosophy but not philosophers. - HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817 - 1862)

God is dead. - FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE (1844 – 1900)

Experiment is the sole source of truth. - HENRI POINCARE (1854 – 1912)

The belief that all genuine education comes about through experience does not mean that all experiences are genuinely or equally educative. - JOHN DEWEY (1859 – 1952)

Philosophy is the product of wonder. - ALFRED NORTH WHITEHEAD (1861 - 1947)

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge. - BERTRAND RUSSELL (1872 – 1970)

Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. - Bertrand Russell

Philosophy is not a body of doctrine but an activity. …Without philosophy thoughts are, as it were, cloudy and indistinct: its task is to make them clear and to give them sharp boundaries. - LUDWIG WITTGENSTEIN (1889- 1951)

Man is condemned to be free. - JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905 – 1980)

Power is everywhere; not because it embraces everything, but because it comes from everywhere. - MICHEL FOUCAULT (1926 – 1984)

probability is the very guide of life. - Bishop Joseph Butler

不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之,见之不若知之,知之不若行之。学至于行之而已矣。明之为圣人。圣人也者,本仁义,当是非,齐言行,不失毫厘。无它道焉,已乎行之矣。 - 荀子《儒效》