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In philosophy, it is not the attainment of the goal that matters, it is the things that are met with by the way.

In wonder all philosophy began, in wonder it ends, and admiration fills up the interspace; but the first wonder is the offspring of ignorance, the last is the parent of adoration.

It is a maxim received among philosophers themselves, from the days of Aristotle down to those of Sir William Hamilton, that philosophy ceases where truth is acknowledged.

It is easy for men to write and talk like philosophers, but to act with wisdom, there is the rub!

It is easy to build a philosophy. It doesn't have to run.

It is not a head merely, but a heart and resolution, which complete the real philosopher.

It is the bounty of nature that we live, but of philosophy that we live well; which is, in truth, a greater benefit than life itself.

It may be argued that peoples for whom philosophers legislate are always prosperous.

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

Make philosophy thy journey, theology thy journey's end: philosophy is a pleasant way, but dangerous to him that either tires or retires; in this journey it is safe neither to loiter nor to rest, till thou hast attained thy journey's end; he that sits down a philosopher rises up an atheist.

Making itself intelligible is suicide for philosophy.

Nevertheless, the ultimate business of philosophy is to preserve the force of the most elemental words in which Dasein expresses itself, and to keep the common understanding from levelling them off to that unintelligibility which functions in turn as a source of pseudo-problems.

One's task is not to turn the world upside down, but to do what is necessary at the given place and with a due consideration of reality.

Philosophical studies are beset by one peril, that a person easily brings himself to think that he thinks; and a smattering of science encourages conceit. Moreover, the vain man is generally a doubter. It is Newton who sees himself in a child on the seashore, and his discoveries in the colored shells.

Philosophy - the purple bullfinch in the lilac tree.

Philosophy alone makes the mind invincible, and places us out of the reach of fortune, so that all her arrows fall short of us.

Philosophy can add to our happiness in no other manner but by diminishing our misery; it should not pretend to increase our present stock, but make us economists of what we are possessed of. Happy were we all born philosophers; all born with a talent of thus dissipating our own cares by spreading them upon all mankind.

Philosophy goes no further than probabilities, and in every assertion keeps a doubt in reserve.

Philosophy has a fine saying for everything - for Death it has an entire set.

Philosophy has been called the knowledge of our knowledge; it might more truly be called the knowledge of our ignorance, or in the language of Kant, the knowledge of the limits of our knowledge.


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