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The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.
~ Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

 

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We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.
~ Francis Bacon

 

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Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
~ Henry Brooks Adams

 

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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.
~ Henri Frederic Amiel

 

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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.
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

 

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In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not. But take note that he proves all these unheard-of paradoxes without any fallacious or sophistical reasoning.
~ Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac

 

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What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.
~ George Berkeley

 

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A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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

 

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Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
~ Anita Brookner

 

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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.
~ Mel Brooks

 

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Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.
~ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

 

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One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.
~ John Burroughs

 

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All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.
~ Samuel Butler

 

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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.
~ Lord Byron

 

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Those who lack the courage will always find a philosophy to justify it.
~ Albert Camus

 

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The profoundest thoughts of the philosophers have something trickle about them. A lot disappears in order for something to suddenly appear in the palm of the hand.
~ Elias Canetti

 

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Tell me what gives a man or woman their greatest pleasure and I'll tell you their philosophy of life.
~ Dale Carnegie

 

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To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe.
~ Louis-Ferdinand Celine

 

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Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
~ Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort

 

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