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Philosophy Quotes

“The truly faithless one is the one who makes love to only a fraction of you. And denies the rest.” ― Anaïs Nin


“Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” ― Kahlil Gibran


“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.” — Leo Tolstoy


“Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin


“We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go. For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke


“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ― Lao Tzu


“We were together. I forget the rest.” ― Walt Whitman


“Love is friendship set to music.” ― Jackson Pollock


“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” ― Kurt Vonnegut


“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ― C.G. Jung


“We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ― Joseph Campbell


“Become what you are.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“What is important is to spread confusion, not eliminate it.” ― Salvador Dalí


“Nobody is smarter than you are. And what if they are? What good is their understanding doing you?” ― Terence McKenna


“I must find a truth that is true for me.” ― Søren Kierkegaard


“Learn what is to be taken seriously and laugh at the rest. ”― Hermann Hesse


“The wisest of all, in my opinion, is he who can, if only once a month, call himself a fool — a faculty unheard of nowadays.” — Fyodor Dostoevsky


“Truth, she thought. As terrible as death. But harder to find.” ― Philip K. Dick


“I don’t believe anything, but I have many suspicions.” ― Robert Anton Wilson


“The struggle between ‘for’ and ‘against’ is the mind’s worst disease.” — Sent ts’an, c. 700 C. E.


“The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.” ― Yasutani Roshi


“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.” ― Victor Hugo


“The only truth is music.” — Jack Kerouac


“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.”― Aldous Huxley


“Silence is only frightening to people who are compulsively verbalizing.” ― William S. Burroughs


“When you are Angry, Be Silent.” — Bukhari


“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” ― Alan W. Watts


“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” ― Kahlil Gibran


“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.” ― Ernest Hemingway


“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality.” ― Lao Tzu


“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” ― Alan W. Watts


“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ― Lao Tzu


“Life’s under no obligation to give us what we expect.” ― Margaret Mitchell


“You can feel an emotion; just don’t think that it’s so important.” — John Cage


“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” ― Zen Proverb


“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes and grass grows by itself.” ― Zenrin Kushû


“The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.” ― Zen Proverb


“You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.” ― Michael Ende


“Worry is preposterous; we don’t know enough to worry.” — Wei Boyang


“If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.” ― Zen Proverb


“The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.” — Dan Millman


“There can be miracles when you believe.” — Whitney Houston


“Please, don’t worry so much. Because in the end, none of us have very long on this Earth. Life is fleeting.” — Robin Williams


“My philosophy is to “kill the monster while it’s little.” The best time to handle a “negative” emotion is when you first begin to feel it. It’s much more difficult to interrupt an emotional pattern once it’s full-blown.” — Tony Robbins


“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.” — Democritus


“It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. Its a crazy world out there. Be curious.” — Stephen Hawking


“There are no ordinary moments.” — Dan Millman


“Mysteries abound where most we seek for answers.” ― Ray Bradbury


“He who does not answer the questions has passed the test.” — Franz Kafka


“Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we?


“The frog in the pond knows little of the great ocean.” ― Zen Proverb


“Astonishment is the proper response to reality.” — Terence McKenna


“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” ― Søren Kierkegaard


“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” ― Søren Kierkegaard


“Nothing is more wonderful than the art of being free, but nothing is harder to learn how to use than freedom.” — Alexis de Tocqueville


“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” — Jack Kerouac


“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” ― John Muir


“In the eyes of dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for all times, nothing is absolute or sacred.” — Karl Marx


“There are no limitations to the mind except those we acknowledge.” — Napoleon Hill


“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” — Bertrand Russell


“We live in the best of all possible worlds.” — Gottfried Leibniz


“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


“Everything is Energy and that is all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you can not help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” — Albert Einstein


“Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.” — Ayn Rand


“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” — Ludwig van Beethoven


“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” — Karl Marx


“Investment philosophy is the clear understanding that by owning shares of stocks he owns businesses, not pieces of paper.” — Warren Buffett


“Her philosophy is carpe diem for herself and laissez faire for others.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald


“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald


“Never wait for tomorrow, what if tomorrow never comes?” — Elvis Presley


“Your Philosophy of life shapes you more than anything else.” — Tony Robbins


“My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.” — Ayn Rand


“Intelligent design is a philosophy of ignorance.” — Neil deGrasse Tyson


“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” — Albert Camus


“Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.” — Ayn Rand


“I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.” — Ayn Rand


“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.” — Robert A. Heinlein


“Practice the philosophy of continuous improvement. Get a little bit better every single day.” — Brian Tracy


“Lose your mind and come to your senses.” — Frederick Salomon Perls


“You know what music is? God’s little reminder that there’s something else besides us in this universe; harmonic connection between all living beings, every where, even the stars.” — Robin Williams


“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” — John Adams


“The human spirit is more powerful than any drug and THAT is what needs to be nourished: with work, play, friendship, family. THESE are the things that matter.” — Robin Williams


“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein


“I think everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.” — Jim Rohn


“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


“We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.” — Tom Robbins


“Experience has shown, and a true philosophy will always show, that a vast, perhaps the larger portion of the truth arises from the seemingly irrelevant.” — Edgar Allan Poe


“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


“To live alone is the fate of all great souls.” — Arthur Schopenhauer


“No great thing is created suddenly.” — Epictetus


“Confine yourself to the present.” — Marcus Aurelius


“In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche


“If you wish to be a writer, write.” — Epictetus


“The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.” — Aristotle


“Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.” — Immanuel Kant


“Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.” — Immanuel Kant


“Man is condemned to be free.” — Jean-Paul Sartre


“The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing.” — Marcus Aurelius


“If you remember me, then I don’t care if everyone else forgets.” — Haruki Murakami


“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.” — Saint Augustine


“The thinking person must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another.” — Albert Schweitzer


“To the wise, life is a problem; to the fool, a solution.” — Marcus Aurelius


“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.” ― Arthur Rimbaud


“We are all geniuses up to the age of ten.” ― Aldous Huxley


“Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.” — Arthur Schopenhauer


“The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.” — Epictetus


“No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“Life is life – whether in a cat, or dog or man. There is no difference there between a cat or a man. The idea of difference is a human conception for man’s own advantage.” — Sri Aurobindo


“No enterprise is more likely to succeed than one concealed from the enemy until it is ripe for execution.” — Niccolò Machiavelli


“The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” — Arthur Schopenhauer


“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” — Marcus Aurelius


“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the Cat, ’it doesn’t matter.” — Lewis Carroll


“Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility.” — Sigmund Freud


“The best things in life make you sweaty.” — Edgar Allan Poe


“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” — Confucius


“The limits of my language means the limits of my world.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Well begun is half done.” — Aristotle


“Each day provides its own gifts.” — Marcus Aurelius


“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.” — Eckhart Tolle


“The past is past, and the future is yet to come. That means the future is in your hands – the future entirely depends on the present. That realization gives you a great responsibility.” — Dalai Lama XIV


“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” — Immanuel Kant


“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem and that is suicide.” — Albert Camus


“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Punishment is justice for the unjust.” — Saint Augustine


“Make your ego porous. Will is of little importance, complaining is nothing, fame is nothing.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke


“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ― William S. Burroughs


“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” ― Alan W. Watts


“Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.” — Erich Fromm


“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” — Charles Dickens


“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“Forgiveness is the final form of love.” — Reinhold Niebuhr


“If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.” — Jesse Jackson


“Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.” — William James


“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everyone will respect you.”― Lao Tzu


“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”― Socrates


“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” — Friedrich Nietzsche


“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.” ― Herman Hesse


“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” ― C.G. Jung


“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”― Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream.”― Jack Kerouac


“I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.”― Franz Kafka


“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”― Leo Tolstoy


“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ”― William James


“The notion that a human being should be constantly happy is a uniquely modern, uniquely American, uniquely destructive idea”― Andrew Weil


“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” ― Isaac Asimov


“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” ― Aristotle


“The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.” ― Oscar Wilde


“Right or wrong, it’s very pleasant to break something from time to time.” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.” ― Marshall McLuhan


“Dear future generations: Please accept our apologies. We were rolling drunk on petroleum.” ― Kurt Vonnegut


“Immorality, no less than morality, has at all times found support in religion.” ― Sigmund Freud


“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” ― Cornel West


“One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.


“He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.” — Lao Tzu


“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ― Howard Zinn


“I don’t necessarily agree with everything that I say.” ― Marshall McLuhan


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


“It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection.” ― The Bhagavad Gita


“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.” ― Marshall McLuhan


“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

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