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Philosophical Quotes

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Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion
is the truest to every man even if it stands low
in the scales of philosophical comparison.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly
no philosophical origins.
Anti-Semitism is a disease.
- Daniel Barenboim

And what sort of philosophical doctrine is thi -
that numbers confer unlimited rights,
that they take from some persons all rights over themselves,
and vest these rights in others.
- Auberon Herbert

Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view,
instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up
what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
- Walter Pater

 

There are men so philosophical that they can see humor in their own toothaches.
But there has never lived a man so philosophical that
he could see the toothache in his own humor.
- H. L. Mencken

A philosophical problem has the form:
I don't know my way about.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Testimony should be a philosophical problem and not
limited to legal or historical contexts where it refers
to the account of a witness who reports what he has seen.
- Paul Ricoeur

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There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.
- Albert Camus

I did this within a philosophical framework,
and a moral and legal framework.
And I have been turned into a cartoon of the greatest
villain in the history of lobbying.
- Jack Abramoff

It is always incorrect to assume you can know what
someone's moral convictions are based on their philosophical theories.
- Stanley Fish

Compromise and tolerance are magic words.
It took me 40 years to become philosophical.
- Hedy Lamarr

Anyhow, a philosophical turn of thought now was not amiss,
else one's patience would have given out almost at the harbour entrance.
The term of her probation was eight days.
- Joshua Slocum

Europe, in legend, has always been the home of subtle
philosophical discussion;
America was the land of grubby pragmatism.
- Daniel Bell

The safest general characterization of the European
philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
- Alfred North Whitehead

The philosophical idea that there are no more distances,
that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers,
is such a drag!
I like differences.
- Brian Eno

The first of these phases is that of grammar,
invented by the Greeks and carried on unchanged by the French.
It never had any philosophical view of a language as such.
- Ferdinand de Saussure

Maybe I'm being philosophical and spiritual,
but I believe that if you put negative energy out there
that that is what will come back.
- Persis Khambatta

Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical
sense) or whatever you want to call it.
- Johann G. Hamann

Some people try to get very philosophical and cerebral
about what they're trying to say with jazz.
You don't need any prologues, you just play.
- Oscar Peterson

Well, I don't like to get involved in these philosophical issues very much.
- Murray Gell-Mann

The sense of historical continuity, and a feeling for
philosophical rectitude cannot,
however, be compromised.
- Herbert Read

I was unwilling to - without getting too philosophical about it -
I was unwilling to structure my spirituality in the
way that the church wanted me to structure it.
- Peter Jurasik

A country's strategy is always based on a fundamental philosophical outlook.
- Marc Forne Molne

The Web is now philosophical engineering.
Physics and the Web are both about the relationship
between the small and the large.
- Tim Berners-Lee

It is difficult to obtain the friendship of a cat.
It is a philosophical animal...
one that does not place its affections thoughtlessly.
- Theophile Gautier

All good performance pieces have some philosophical validity.
That's the difference between mere theater and performance art.
- Jack Bowman

I feel lucky, happy and philosophical about it all.
- Greta Scacchi

So I think one can say on empirical grounds -
not because of some philosophical principle -
that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy.
- Peter L. Berger

To some it is Napoleon, to some it is a philosophical struggle,
to me it is allegro con brio.
- Arturo Toscanini

A serious and good philosophical work could be written
consisting entirely of jokes.
- Ludwig Wittgenstein

Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions,
a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.
- Freda Adler

There are many of these apparent philosophical paradoxes
or contradictions which don't concern me anymore.
- Evan Parker

We have to make philosophy itself an object of philosophical concern.
- Wilhelm Dilthey

It was less a literary thing than a linguistic,
philosophical preoccupation...
discovering how far you can go with language to create immediate,
elementary experience.
- Robert Morgan

Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism
such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly
novel in the history of human culture.
- Johan Huizinga

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse
us and close doors to further inquiry,
they are likely to be wrong.
- E. O. Wilson

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history;
for poetry expresses the universal,
and history only the particular.
- Aristotle

War is to man what maternity is to a woman.
From a philosophical and doctrinal viewpoint,
I do not believe in perpetual peace.
- Benito Mussolini

First would be the literary side, then the spiritual and philosophical.
The political side is required principally because
of the necessity of the current Russian position.
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

You know how much I am inclined to explain all disputes
among philosophical schools as merely verbal disputes
or at least to derive them originally from verbal disputes.
- Moses Mendelssohn

The work with which we embark on this first volume
of a series of theological studies is a work with which
the philosophical person does not begin,
but rather concludes.
- Hans Urs von Balthasar

To philosophical materialists God is no more than an idea in the human mind,
and not a very important idea.
- Phillip E. Johnson

One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people
will agree with you only if they already agree with you.
You do not change people's minds.
- Frank Zappa

To be a philosophical sceptic is, in a man of letters,
the first and most essential to being a sound,
believing Christian.
- David Hume

Philosophical reflection could not leave the relation
of mind and spirit in the obscurity which had satisfied
the needs of the naive consciousness.
- Wilhelm Wundt

In writing the history of a disease,
every philosophical hypothesis whatsoever,
that has previously occupied the mind of the author,
should lie in abeyance.
- Thomas Sydenham

If a spectator with a philosophical mind,
somebody accustomed to reading books,
gets the same kind of information in a movie,
he might not fully understand it.
- Manuel Puig

The poetry of this one is called philosophical,
of that one philological, of a third rhetorical,
and so on.
Which is then the poetic poetry?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

It really is a nice theory.
The only defect I think it has is probably common to
all philosophical theories.
It's wrong.
- Saul Kripke

I got married because I fell in love with this woman.
I had a baby with her because we wanted to have children.
But that's not because of some philosophical ideal at all,
no.
- Ewan McGregor

Examples one finds in the philosophical literature
are somebody who's seen the trial of a child of theirs,
where they're being proved guilty of some crime that
would drive the parent into a depression,
maybe a suicidal depression.
- Robert Nozick

I had some hesitations about philosophy because,
if you worked out a philosophical theory,
it was hard to know whether you were going to be able
to prove it or whether other theories had just as good a claim on belief.
- Stephen Cole Kleene

I think he's much funnier in many ways than some of
the things that I've done.
Because it's a little bit more layered.
He's constantly trying to teach Luke what he thinks
are really deep philosophical ideas,
but they're really simple.
- Sean William Scott

Linguistic philosophers continue to argue that probably music is not a language,
that is in the philosophical debate.
Another point of view is to say that music is a very profound language.
- Robert Fripp

Every philosophical problem, when it is subjected to
the necessary analysis and justification,
is found either to be not really philosophical at all,
or else to be, in the sense in which we are using the word,
logical.
- Bertrand Russell

You get to say, 'Here's my philosophical idea about
what the costume should like,'
and the costume designer comes and gives you choices
and sometimes they're all good,
and I say, 'What do you think?' and they pick the right thing.
- John Sayles

The other thing I felt was that the philosophical concept
behind the experiences also looked like it had been
designed by technicians and not by entertainers.
I felt I needed to grab hold of it and try and push
the envelope as much as I possibly could right now.
- Thomas Dolby

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction
into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely,
politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Evolutionary naturalism takes the inherent limitations
of science and turns them into a devastating philosophical weapon:
because science is our only real way of knowing anything,
what science cannot know cannot be real.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Some major writers have a huge impact,
like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer
because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor.
She has a philosophical and economical message that
she is passing off as fiction,
but it really isn't fiction at all.
- Theodore Sturgeon

I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent
the implication that some of the places that I have
sung and some of the people that I have known,
and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical,
make me less of an American.
- Pete Seeger

You can forgive people who do not follow you through
a philosophical disquisition;
but to find your wife laughing when you had tears in your eyes,
or staring when you were in a fit of laughter,
would go some way towards a dissolution of the marriage.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

What I think I have in common with the school of deconstruction
is the mode of negative thinking or negative awareness,
in the technical, philosophical sense of the negative,
but which comes to me through negative theology.
- Harold Bloom

With all the weird surroundings of outer space the
basic underlying theme of the show is a philosophical
approach to man's relationship to woman.
There are both sexes in the crew, in fact,
the first officer is a woman.
- Jeffrey Hunter

I know no subject more elevating, more amazing,
more ready to the poetical enthusiasm,
the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment
than the works of nature.
Where can we meet such variety, such beauty,
such magnificence?
- James Thomson

There is a class, moreover, by whom all these scientific theories,
and more are held as ascertained facts,
and as the basis of philosophical inferences which
strike at the root of theistic beliefs.
- Asa Gray

Is it philosophical, is it quite allowable,
to assume without evidence from fossil plants that
the family or any of the genera was once larger and
wide spread? and occupied a continuous area?
- Asa Gray

It is, I think, particularly in periods of acknowledged
crisis that scientists have turned to philosophical
analysis as a device for unlocking the riddles of their field.
Scientists have not generally needed or wanted to be philosophers.
- Thomas Kuhn

I believe that my art gets across the point that I'm
in this morality theater trying to help the underdog,
and I'm speaking socially here, showing concern and
making psychological and philosophical statements for the underdog.
- Jeff Koons

And you finally get to a consensus, where you get a
sense of what really ought to be done,
and then they give it to me and then I draw it.
I mean draw it in the sense, the philosophical sense.
- Lawrence Halprin

In the discovery of secret things and in the investigation of hidden causes,
stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments
and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures
and the opinions of philosophical speculators of the common sort.
- William Gilbert


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