Philosophy Quotes About Life

Philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality, and existence. It is considered a branch of both theology and science, and its main purpose is to analyze and understand the nature of reality and the human condition. In this blog post, we have shared some most famous Philosophy quotes.

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There are many different types of philosophy, but some of the most common are ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and logic. Philosophy is often divided into three main branches: analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, and eastern philosophy.

Analytic philosophy is the branch of philosophy that focuses on the analysis of language and logic. It is considered to be the most “traditional” form of philosophy, and is common in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Continental philosophy is the branch of philosophy that focuses on the interpretation of culture and history. It is common in Europe, and its main representatives are Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.

Eastern philosophy is the branch of philosophy that examines the nature of the mind and the universe. In the East, philosophy was originally considered to be the highest form of inquiry. It was believed that by understanding the nature of the mind and the universe, one could come to understand the divine.

140 Philosophy Quotes

  1. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

2. “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

3. “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” – Nicolas Chamfort

4. “Choose to be happy. It is what we have all done.” – Melissa Marr

5. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” – William Shakespear

6. “Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.” – Oscar Wilde

7. “Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.” – Epictetus

8. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan Wilson Watts

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9. “Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure” – Arthur Schopenhauer

10. “He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.” – Confucius

11. “Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.” – Alexandre Dumas

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12. “I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.” – Ayn Rand

13. “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion” – Simone de Beauvoir

14. “Philosophy can make people sick.” – Aristotle

15. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

16. “The past has no power over the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

17. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.” – Benjamin Spock

18. “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

19. “I do not know how to teach philosophy without becoming a disturber of the peace.” – Baruch Spinoza

20. “Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.” – Lao Tsu

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Philosophical Quotes About Life

21. “Nature is pleased with simplicity. And nature is no dummy” – Isaac Newton

22. “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” – Phaedrus

23. “For this feeling of wonder shows that you are a philosopher, since wonder is the only beginning of philosophy.” – Plato

24. “Nothing important is learned; it is simply remembered.” – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

25. “Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,-Wait and hope.” – Alexandre Dumas

26. “Life is not about living the safer option. Life is about living a life worth living.” – Robert Thier

27. “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery” – Dante Alighieri

28. “You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” – Alan Watts

29. “We have to dare to be ourselves, however frightening or strange that self may prove to be.” – May Sarton

30. “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

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31. “If an apology is followed by an excuse or a reason, it means they are going to commit same mistake again they just apologized for.” – Amit Kalantri

32. “If your life is worth thinking about,it is worth writing about.” – Robin Sharma

33. “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” – Eric Hoffer

34. “I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage” – Fredrich Nietzsche

35. “Philosophizing is simply one way of being afraid, a cowardly pretense that doesn’t get you anywhere.” – Louis-Ferdinand Celine

36. “Generally speaking, the errors in religion are dangerous; those in philosophy only ridiculous.” – David Hume

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

38. “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” – Plato

39. “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” – Mark Twain

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

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

42. “Philosophy is the highest music.” – Plato

43. “Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.” – Marcus Aurelius

44. “Fault always lies in the same place: with him weak enough to lay blame.” – Stephen King

45. “The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity.” – Epicurus

46. “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

47. “The trouble was that he was talking in philosophy but they were listening in gibberish.” – Terry Pratchett

48. “Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” – G. Michael Hopf

49. “I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me.” – Charles Dickens

50. “One has to take a somewhat bold and dangerous line with this existence: especially as, whatever happens, we are bound to lose it.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Great Philosophers Quotes

51. “The truth always carries the ambiguity of the words used to express it.” – Frank Herbert

52. “The first duty of a man is to think for himself” – Jose Marti

53. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Socrates

54. “I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them.” – Baruch Spinoza

55. “A prison becomes a home when you have the key.” – George Sterling

56. “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” – Oprah Winfrey

57. “What really frightens and dismays us is not external events themselves, but the way in which we think about them. It is not things that disturb us, but our interpretation of their significance.” – Epictetus

58. “What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did.” – Peter Singer

59. “Physics isn’t the most important thing. Love is.” – Richard P. Feynman

60. “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

Thought-Provoking Philosophy Quotes

61. “Man is always prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.” – Albert Camus

62. “If someone can prove me wrong and show me my mistake in any thought or action, I shall gladly change. I seek the truth, which never harmed anyone: the harm is to persist in one’s own self-deception and ignorance.” – Marcus Aurelius

63. “The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.” – William Blake

64. “To win true freeedom you must be a slave to philosophy.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

65. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

66. “The more powerful the class, the more it claims not to exist.” – Guy Debord

67. “Philosophy is common sense with big words.” – James Madison

68. There isnt always an explanation for everything.” – Ernest Hemingway

69. “Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.” – Lisa Lutz

70. “If you’re trapped in the dream of the Other, you’re fucked.” – Gilles Deleuze

71. “Whoever cannot seek the unforeseen sees nothing for the known way is an impasse.” – Heraclitus, Fragments

72. “Wisdom is the oneness of mind that guides and permeates all things.” – Heraclitus

73. “A photograph shouldn’t be just a picture, it should be a philosophy.” – Amit Kalantri

74. “Everything is relative in this world, where change alone endures.” – Leon Trotsky

75. “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker” – Malcom X

76. “Philosophy cannot be taught; it is the application of the sciences to truth.” – Alexandre Dumas

77. “One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.” – Sophocles

78. “Remember your humanity, and forget the rest.” – Bertrand Russel

79. “Never say that I have taken it, only that I have given it back.” – Epicurus

80. “Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.” – Vladimir Lenin

81. “Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.” – Dale Carnegie

82. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think” – Socrates

83. “Those who are wise won’t be busy, and those who are too busy can’t be wise.” – Lin Yutang

84. “People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does.” – Michel Foucault

85. “You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts.” – Kahlil Gibran

86. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage” – Paulo Coelho

87. “Everyone is trying to impress everyone else. Trying to make themselves out to be smarter or more confident than they actually are.” – Marissa Meyer

88. “What we cannot bear removes us from life; what remains can be borne.” – Marcus Aurelius

89. “Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” – Democritus

90. “Life is much more successfully looked at from a single window.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

91. “To make light of philosophy is to be a true philosopher.” – Blaise Pascal

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

93. “It is impossible, or not easy, to alter by argument what has long been absorbed by habit” – Aristotle

94. “Truth would quickly cease to be stranger than fiction, once we got as used to it.” – H. L. Mencken

95. “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived.” – George S. Patton Jr

96. “Time deals gently only with those who take it gently.” – Anatole France

97. “Empty is the argument of the philosopher which does not relieve any human suffering.” – Epicurus

98. “It takes too much energy to be against something unless it’s really important. ” – Madeleine L’Engle

99. “Between living and dreaming there is a third thing. Guess it.” – Antonio Machado

100. “To study philosophy is nothing but to prepare one’s self to die.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

101. “I’m very polite by nature, even the voices in my head let each other finish their sentences.” – Graham Parke

102. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K.Rowling

103. “As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.” – Lao Tzu

104. “The only thing standing between you and your dreams is … reluctance.” – Carroll Bryant

105. “On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” – George Orwell

106. “The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Mahatma Gandhi

107. “Ideas are the source of all things” – Plato

108. “The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” – Marcus Aurelius

109. “There’s only one day at a time here, then it’s tonight and then tomorrow will be today again.” – Bob Dylan

110. “Philosophy begins in wonder. And at the end when philosophic thought has done its best the wonder remains.” – Alfred North Whitehead

111. “If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.” – Thomas Aquinas

112. “We can’t avoid reasoning; we can only avoid doing it well.” – Peter Kreeft

113. “Our ability to adapt is amazing. Our ability to change isn’t quite as spectacular.” – Lisa Lutz

114. “You are a wonderful creation. You know more than you think you know, just as you know less than you want to know.” – Oscar Wilde

115. “The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else.” – Frederic Bastiat

116. “Knowledge is power is time is money.” – Robert Thier

117. “It is clear that the individual who persecutes a man, his brother, because he is not of the same opinion, is a monster.” – Voltaire

118. “A nation is a detour of nature to arrive at five or six great men- yes, and then to get around them.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

119. “The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned” – Antonio Gramsci

120. “The longing for Paradise is man’s longing not to be man.” – Milan Kundera

121. “The bounties of space, of infinite outwardness, were three: empty heroics, low comedy, and pointless death.” – Kurt Vonnegut,

122. “Only the descent into the hell of self-knowledge can pave the way to godliness.” – Immanuel Kant

123. “Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.” – James Baldwin

124. “This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” – Rumi

125. “Philosophy when superficially studied, excites doubt, when thoroughly explored, it dispels it.” – Francis Bacon

126. “The absurd does not liberate; it binds. It does not authorize all actions. “Everything is permitted” does not mean that nothing is forbidden.” – Albert Camus

127. “It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

128. “The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible.” – Albert Einstein

129. “Everything smaller than Heaven bores us because only Heaven is bigger than our hearts.” – Peter Kreeft

130. “Dreams have only one owner at a time. That’s why dreamers are lonely.” – erma bombeck

131. “High thoughts must have high language.” – Aristophanes

132. “The moment you stop trying to become a better person, is the moment you start to become worse than what you already are.” – Carroll Bryant

133. “The philosopher whose dealings are with divine order himself acquires the characteristics of order and divinity.” – Plato

134. “They blossomed, they did not talk about blossoming.” – Dejan Stojanovic

135. “The love of money is the root of all evil, therefore selfishness must be the seed.” – M.D. Birmingham

136. “If you wake up tired, you’ve been chasing dreams. If you go to bed tired, your making your dreams happen.” – Benny Bellamacina

137. “If you’re gonna burn a bridge behind you, make sure you’ve crossed it first.” – Quentin R. Bufogle

138. “Later on in life, you expect a bit of rest, don’t you? You think you deserve it. I did, anyway. But then you begin to understand that the reward of merit is not life’s business.” – Julian Barnes

139. “Death isn’t the end, it’s the beginning.” – Jennifer Love Hewitt

140. “The only part of you that hurts when you’re given the truth is the part that lives on lies.” – Stefan Molyneux

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