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Sublime philosophy! thou art the patriarch's ladder, reaching heaven and bright with beckoning angels; but, alas' we see thee, like the patriarch, but in dreams, by the first step, dull slumbering on the earth.

The business of philosophy is to circumnavigate human nature.

The discovery of what is true and the practice of that which is good are the two most important objects of philosophy.

The first business of a philosopher is, to part with self-conceit.

The idea of philosophy is truth; the idea of religion is life.

The philosopher creates, he doesn't reflect.

The philosopher is Nature's pilot. And there you have our difference: to be in hell is to drift: to be in heaven is to steer.

The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

The unrest which keeps the never-stopping clock metaphysics going is the thought that the non-existence of this world is just as possible as its existence.

The world cannot show us a more exalted character than that of a truly religious philosopher, who delights to turn all things to the glory of God; who, in the objects of his sight, derives improvement to his mind; and in the glass of things temporal, sees the image of things spiritual.

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

There was never yet philosopher that could endure the toothache patiently, however they have writ the style of gods, and made a pish at chance and sufferance.

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

To be a husbandman, is but a retreat from the city; to be a philosopher, from the world; or rather a retreat from the world as it is man's, into the world as it is God's.

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, not even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.

To philosophize in a just sense, is but to carry good breeding a step higher. For the accomplishment of breeding is, to learn what is decent in company or beautiful in arts; and the sum of philosophy is to learn what is just in society, and beautiful in nature and the order of the world.

To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one's self to die.

To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without, being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can do for those who study it

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.

True philosophy is that which makes us to ourselves and to all about us, better; and at the same time, more content, patient, calm, and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment.


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