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All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life.
Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.
The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.
What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.
Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.
Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to the enduring fact of mystery.
Every philosophy is the philosophy of some stage of life.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
Look, I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.
If you set your heart upon philosophy, you must straightway prepare yourself to be laughed at and mocked by many who will say Behold a philosopher arisen among us! or How came you by that brow of scorn? But do you cherish no scorn, but hold to those things which seem to you the best, as one set by God in that place. Remember too, that if you abide in those ways, those who first mocked you, the same shall afterwards reverence you; but if you yield to them, you will be laughed at twice as much as before.
Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophies.
Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.
All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates -- but pages might be filled up, as vainly as before, with the sad usage of all sorts of sages, who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore! The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.
There is nothing so absurd that some philosopher has not already said it.
Philosophy is a bully that talks loud when the danger is at a distant; but, the moment she is pressed hard by an enemy, she is nowhere to be found and leaves the brunt of the battle to be fought by her steady, humble comrade, religion.
Philosophers are only men in armor after all.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings?
Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.
If I wished to punish a province, I would have it governed by philosophers.
The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.
I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full and scratch where it itches.
In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.
Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.
There is no record in history of a happy philosopher.

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