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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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today -- but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Two half philosophers will probably never a whole metaphysician make.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise -- although the philosophers generally call it recognition!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Actual philosophers... are commanders and law-givers: they say thus it shall be!, it is they who determine the Wherefore and Whither of mankind, and they possess for this task the preliminary work of all the philosophical laborers, of all those who have subdued the past -- they reach for the future with creative hand, and everything that is or has been becomes for them a means, an instrument, a hammer. Their knowing is creating, their creating is a law giving, their will to truth is -- will to power. Are their such philosophers today? Have there been such philosophers? Must there not be such philosophers?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Many talk like philosophers yet live like fools.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A process which led from the amoebae to man appeared to the philosophers to be obviously a progress -- though whether the amoebae would agree with this opinion is not known.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In the school of political projectors, I was but ill entertained, the professors appearing, in my judgment, wholly out of their senses; which is a scene that never fails to make me melancholy. These unhappy people were proposing schemes for persuading monarchs to choose favorites upon the score of their wisdom, capacity, and virtue; of teaching ministers to consult the public good; of rewarding merit, great abilities, and eminent services, of instructing princes to know their true interest, by placing it on the same foundation with that of their people; of choosing for employment persons qualified to exercise them; with many other wild impossible chimeras, that never entered before into the heart of man to conceive; and confirmed in me the old observation, that there is nothing so extravagant and irrational which some philosophers have not maintained for truth.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Long before Einstein told us that matter is energy, Machiavelli and Hobbes and other modern political philosophers defined man as a lump of matter whose most politically relevant attribute is a form of energy called self-interestedness. This was not aMore [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The philosophers Camus and Sartre raise the question whether or not a man can condemn himself.More [01/06/2008 12:01:00]
Dan Farrow:
[panicky, about to die in the electric chair] How much time have I got, Father?

Father Edward J. Flanagan:
Eternity begins in forty-five minutes, Dan.

Dan Farrow:
What happens then?

Father Edward J. Flanagan:
Oh, a bad minute or two.

Dan Farrow:
And after that?

Father Edward J. Flanagan:
Well, Dan, that's a question that scientists and philosophers have been asking for a million years.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Since time began man has looked into the awesome reaches of infinity and asked the eternal question: What is time? What is life? What is space? What is death? Through a hundred civilizations, philosophers and scientists have come together with answers, but the bewilderment remains... Science tells us that nothing ever dies but only changes, that time itself does not pass but curves around us, and that the past and the future are together at our side for ever. Out of the shadows of knowledge, and out of a painting that hung on a museum wall, comes our story, the truth of which lies not on our screen but in your hearts.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Dr. Peter Duval:
The medieval philosophers were right. Man is the center of the universe. We stand in the middle of infinity between outer and inner space, and there's no limit to either.

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Mrs. Hendy:
Do all philosophers have an S in them?

Mr. Hendy:
Yeah I think most of them do.

Mrs. Hendy:
Oh... Does that mean Selina Jones is a philosopher?

Mr. Hendy:
Yeah... Right, she could be... she sings about the Meaning of Life.

Mrs. Hendy:
Yeah, that's right, but I don't think she writes her own material.

Mr. Hendy:
No. Maybe Schopenhauer writes her material?

Mrs. Hendy:
No... Burt Bacharach writes it.

Mr. Hendy:
There's no 'S' in Burt Bacharach...

Mrs. Hendy:
...Or in Hal David...

Mr. Hendy:
Who's Hal David?

Mrs. Hendy:
He writes the lyrics, Burt just writes the tunes... only now he's married to Carole Bayer Sager...

Mr. Hendy:
Oh... Waiter... this conversation isn't very good.

Oh, I'm sorry, sir... We *do* have one today that's not on the menu. It's a sort of... er... speciality of the house: Live Organ Transplants.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Marquise de Merteuil:
When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew then that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest to me, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learn how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork onto the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end it all came down to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

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[Elvis is working as a wine waiter and has just delivered drinks to Simon and his friends]

So, Elvis, are you finding your *three years* as a philosophy graduate helpful in your job?


Oh, good, good. You don't feel that the taxpayers' money has been poured down the drain, then?

Money, money, money! I hear the heart of an estate agent beating like a till. In my brief spell as a waiter, Simon, I have learned the answer to a question that has exercised philosophers down the ages.

What question?

Is the external world real or is it just a figment of the imagination? Do you exist outside my mind? I now know that you do.


[snarls] Because I wouldn't have wasted my time inventing anyone as *futile* as you!

[snarls] Ditto... with knobs on!

Precisely. Case proven.


[obsequiously] That'll be £9.46, sir. Call it £10 for cash.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
You philosophers are lucky men. You write on paper and paper is patient. Unfortunate Empress that I am, I write on the susceptible skins of living beings.More [04/18/2010 12:04:00]
When we observe - without reading psychologists, the Freuds, the Jungs, and all the rest of the modern philosophers and psychologists - we know what the unconscious is: the racial residue, the experience of the race, the social conditions, the environment, the tradition, the culture - culture being political, religious, educational - which are all deeply embedded in the unconscious.More [07/13/2011 09:07:57]
oets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.More [07/17/2011 06:07:45]
Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.More [07/17/2011 06:07:59]
A particularly fine head on a man usually means that he is stupid; particularly deep philosophers are usually shallow thinkers; in literature, talents not much above the average are usually regarded by their contemporaries as geniuses.More [07/25/2011 09:07:22]
Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.More [07/29/2011 10:07:00]
I discovered that the study of past philosophers is of little use unless our own reality enters into it. Our reality alone allows the thinker's questions to become comprehensible.More [08/08/2011 04:08:41]
The great philosophers and the great works are standards for the selection of what is essential. Everything that we do in studying the history of philosophy ultimately serves their better understanding.More [08/08/2011 04:08:57]
The great Jewish scientists and philosophers of the last few generations - Spinoza, Einstein, Freud, Robert Oppenheimer and others - were natives of Europe and America.More [08/24/2011 03:08:15]
Any two philosophers can tell each other all they know in two hours.More [08/29/2011 04:08:57]
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.More [09/07/2011 05:09:30]
These critics organize and practice in my case a sort of obsessive personality cult which philosophers should know how to question and above all, to moderate.More [09/20/2011 05:09:16]
The theories of the major philosophers of the 18th century secular enlightenment were biblical and theological in spite of themselves.More [10/28/2011 01:10:18]
The race of prophets is extinct. Europe is becoming set in its ways, slowly embalming itself beneath the wrappings of its borders, its factories, its law-courts and its universities. The frozen Mind cracks between the mineral staves which close upon it. The fault lies with your mouldy systems, your logic of 2 2 = 4. The fault lies with you, Chancellors, caught in the net of syllogisms. You manufacture engineers, magistrates, doctors, who know nothing of the true mysteries of the body or the cosmic laws of existence. False scholars blind outside this world, philosophers who pretend to reconstruct the mind. The least act of spontaneous creation is a more complex and revealing world than any metaphysics.More [11/05/2011 11:11:59]
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.More [11/12/2011 07:11:23]
Another important historical factor is the fact that this already very simple religion was further simplified and purified by the early philosophers of ancient China. Our first great philosopher was a founder of naturalism; and our second great philosopher was an agnostic.More [04/10/2012 01:04:50]
The truth has never been of any real value to any human being - it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.More [11/06/2012 03:11:48]
God created man in His own image, says the Bible philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Intuition does not in itself amount to knowledge, yet cannot be disregarded by philosophers and psychologists.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Einstein's results again turned the tables and now very few philosophers or scientists still think that scientific knowledge is, or can be, proven knowledge.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals - its philosophers, its poets and its artists.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Do not imagine that what we have said of the insufficiency of our understanding and of its limited extent is an assertion founded only on the Bible: for philosophers likewise assert the same, and perfectly understand it,- without having regard to any religion or opinion.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Philosophers have not kept up with modern developments in science. Particularly physics.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Women do not often fall in love with philosophers.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The philosophers have only interpreted the world; the thing, however, is to change it.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Just as history is created by warriors and politicians, not by historians, so is the philosophy of authors of researchers and scientists, not philosophers.More [03/24/2018 12:03:27]
Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have always known it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheekMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
…a few philosophers really do important work. This applies to the so called ?critical philosophy’ and to the theory of knowledge or epistemology. This class of workers I call epistemologists to avoid the disagreeable implications of the term ?philosopher’.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
How do our philosophers act? Do they not inscribe their
signatures to the very essays they write on the propriety of
despising glory.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That place that does contain
My books, the best companions, is to me
A glorious court, where hourly I converse
With the old sages and philosophers;
And sometimes, for variety, I confer
With kings and emperors, and weigh their counsels;
Calling their victories, if unjustly got,
Unto a strict account, and, in my fancy,
Deface their ill-placed statues.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As quick as lightning, in the breach
Just in the place where honour's lodged,
As wise philosophers have judged,
Because a kick in that place more
Hurts honour than deep wounds before.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by
little statesmen and philosophers and divines.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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