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Philosophy is the love of wisdom. Philosophy is more than a subject, it’s also learned every day, while at the same time questioning why things happen to us. When people think deeply and critically about an issue that affects their life, these thoughts can sometimes lead to questions meant to understand things better. We have collected the best quotes from famous philosophers such as Confucius, Socrates, Aristotle, Jung, and Plato contributed enormously to the field of philosophy along with some of the more recent thinkers such as Aurelius for example.

Philosophy Quotes About Self

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  • “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” ― Albert Einstein
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  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
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  • “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
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  • “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” ― Elie Wiesel
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  • “Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.” ― Benjamin Franklin Wade
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  • “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” ― Nicolas Chamfort
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  • “Have you ever noticed how ‘What the hell’ is always the right decision to make?” ― Terry Johnson
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  • “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank
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  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
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  • “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” ― Kahlil Gibran
  • “May you live every day of your life.” ― Jonathan Swift
  • “Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.”― Albert Camus
  • “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” ― May Sarton
  • “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ― Stephen Hawking
  • “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” ― Laurence J. Peter
  • “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” ― William Shakespear
  • “It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” ― Isaac Asimov
  • “You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.” ― Patrick Ness
  • “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” ― Benjamin Spock
  • “Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.” ― Frank Zappa
  • “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?… If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” ― Bertrand Russell
  • “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” ― Dr. Seuss
  • “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” ― Elie Wiesel
  • “A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.” ― D.H. Lawrence
  • “We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.” ― Richard Dawkins
  • “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ― Fitzgerald F. Scott

Top 10 Philosophical Quotes

Learning philosophy is not a subject taught in universities or just reading about it in scholarly books, or any ordinary material for that matter. It has played a major role throughout history whether modern or past as do some more modern thinkers!

  • “You’re not to be so blind with patriotism that you can’t face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.” ― Malcolm X
  • “If you ever find yo“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
  • ― Socratesurself in the wrong story, leave.” ― Mo Willems
  • “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.” ― Douglas Adams
  • “The past has no power over the present moment.” ― Eckhart Tolle
  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw
  • “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” ― Markus Zusak
  • “Let’s think the unthinkable, let’s do the undoable. Let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.” ― Douglas Adams
  • “A truth that’s told with bad intent, Beats all the lies you can invent.” ― William Blake
  • “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” ― Socrates
  • “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tsu
  • “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ― J.K.Rowling
  • “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” ― Santosh Kalwar
  • “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ― Plato
  • “You only live twice:
  • Once when you are born And once when you look death in the face” ― Ian Fleming
  • “Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter” ― John Keats
  • “For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • “A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what’s going on. ” ― William S. Burroughs
  • “Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.” ― Carl Sagan
  • “Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain
  • “A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.” ― Gilles Deleuze
  • “Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” ― Plato
  • “If you win, you need not have to explain…If you lose, you should not be there to explain!” ― Adolf Hitler
  • “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” ― Oscar Wilde
  • “Don’t explain your philosophy. Embody it.” ― Epictetus
  • “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” ― Christopher Markus
  • “There is no easy way from the earth to the stars.” ― Seneca
  • “Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • “Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.” ― Voltaire
  • “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” ― Victor Frankl
  • “The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding because to understand is to be free.” ― Baruch Spinoza
  • “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ― Albert Einstein
  • “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward .” ― Søren Kierkegaard
  • “Man is a mystery. It needs to be unraveled, and if you spend your whole life unraveling it, don’t say that you’ve wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • “The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.” ― Lao Tzu
  • “Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.” ― Aristotle
  • “The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” ― Plato
  • “It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.” ― John Locke
  • “The only thing I know is that I know nothing.” ― Socrates
  • “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” ― Isaac Asimov
  • “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire.” ― Epictetus
  • “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.” ― Epicurus
  • “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
  • “Happiness is the highest good.” ― Aristotle
  • “The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures.” ― Democritus
  • “Without music, life would be a mistake.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead
  • “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” ― Lao Tsu
  • “When you arise in the morning think of what a privilege it is to be alive, to think, to enjoy, to love …” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “Liberty consists in doing what one desires.” ― John Stuart Mill
  • “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” ― Plato
  • “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature.” ― John Locke
  • “I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” ― Fitzgerald F. Scott
  • “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke
  • “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”  ― Aristotle
  • “We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone.” ― St. Augustine
  • “Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.” ― Markus Zusak
  • “Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative.” ― Aristotle
  • “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” ― Socrates
  • “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” ― Immanuel Kant
  • “We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.” ― Santosh Kalwar
  • “It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.” ― W. K. Clifford
  • “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”  ― Yann Martel
  • “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “A concept is a brick. It can be used to build a courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window.” ― Gilles Deleuze
  • “One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.” ― René Descartes
  • “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ― Confucius
  • “Even while they teach, men learn.” ― Seneca
  • “Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.” ― Iris Murdoch
  • “Leisure is the mother of philosophy.” ― Thomas Hobbes
  • “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try.” ― George Lucas
  • “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ― Heraclitus
  • “The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.” ― John Locke
  • “This is my simple religion. No need for temples. No need for complicated philosophy. Your own mind, your own heart is the temple. Your philosophy is simple kindness. ― Dalai Lama XIV
  • “Man is condemned to be free.” ― Jean-Paul Sartre
  • “The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.”―Dan Millman
  • “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” ― Voltaire
  • “It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” ― Bertrand Russell
  • “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ― Aristotle
  • “He who thinks great thoughts, often makes great errors.” ― Martin Heidegger
  • “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • “A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion.” ― Sir Francis Bacon
  • “Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.” ― Ayn Rand
  • “Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” ― Francis Bacon
  • “To do as one would be done by, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality.” ― John Stuart Mill
  • “Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable.” ― G. W. F. Hegel
  • “This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities.” ― Bertrand Russell
  • “Our life is what our thoughts make it.” ― Marcus Aurelius
  • “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” ― Plato
  • “Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” ― Will Durant
  • “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.” ― Socrates
  • “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the divine.” ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • “That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless.”  ― Plato
  • “The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don’t wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “History is Philosophy teaching by examples.” ― Thucydides
  • “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” ― René Descartes
  • “Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.” ― Alexandre Dumas
  • “I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature.” ― Spinoza
  • “If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil.”  ― Baruch Spinoza
  • “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” ― Seneca
  • “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.” ― Aristotle
  • “Even the finest sword plunged into salt water will eventually rust.”― Sun Tzu
  • “One cannot step twice in the same river.” ― Heraclitus

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  • “If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people.” ― Victor Cousin
  • “Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me.” ― G. W. F. Hegel
  • “We live in the best of all possible worlds.” ― Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  • “The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone.” ― John Locke
  • “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.”―  Lao Tzu
  • “It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true.” ― Bertrand Russell
  • “Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.”― xRichard P. Feynman
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