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Philosophy: despair's shot at happiness." [Toe 232] Philosophy may be called a costly and even very smart aid to good living. It may be more needed than gold earrings.

LoTo consider what is true and what is good takes much

When you say something and cannot prove it well, that may be philosophy.

Philosophy is the science which considers truth. [Aristotle]

Do not necessarily seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. [With Matsuo Basho]

Depth in philosophy brings men's minds about to religion. [Sir Francis Bacon]

'Tis well to have a theory, and sit in the centre of it. [Katharina of Holland]

A good point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. [With Bertrand Russell]

Everything flows and nothing stays. [Heraclitus]

Act like a man of thought. [Henri Louis Bergson]

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. [Aristotle]

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. [Oscar Wilde]

My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. [Louisa May Alcott, in Life, Letters, and Journals, ed. E.D. Cheney, 1889]

Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck [Immanuel Kant]

Being is in-itself. Being is what it is. [Jean Paul Sartre]

There is no statement so absurd that no philosopher will make it. [Cicero]

There is nothing so absurd or ridiculous that has not at some time been said by some philosopher. [Oliver Goldsmith]

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world . . . and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. [Plato]

Philosophy is the highest music. [Plato] (2)

LoStay away from dwarfing arenas to let higher and ableness-aiding vistas open up

Good philosophy is more needed than gold earrings.

Good philosophers may also open a philosophy factory. (3)

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy. [Woody Allen :)]

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple. [Dalai Lama:] (4)

LoA process of wonder has its steps and stages which should be meted out to help folks

Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher; and philosophy begins in wonder. [Plato] (5)

Leisure can be one of the Mothers of Philosophy. [Cf. Thomas Hobbes]

Philosophy involves a state of fermentation, a process without fixed and final outcome. [With Esa Saarinen]

What we see is not all of reality in itself, but reality exposed to our method of questioning and modes of perception. [Cf. Werner Heisenberg]

When philosophic thought has done its best, much wonder should evolve.

For there was never yet philosopher, That could endure the toothache patiently. [William Shakespeare] MM

Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion, and the discovery of a standard of judgment [Epictetus] (6).

To teach how to live with some uncertainty, yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is one of the chief things that philosophy can do. [With Bertrand Russell]

If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I'm still waiting, it's all been to seduce women basically [Jean Paul Sartre]

One of my favourite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. [Frank Zappa]

We live in a world in which politics has replaced philosophy. [Martin L. Gross]

Any genuine philosophy leads to action and from action back again to wonder, to enduring fact of mystery. [Henry Miller]

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language [Ludwig Wittgenstein]

The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. [Niels Bohr]

There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker. [Charles M. Schulz]

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water [John W. Gardner]

You become responsible for a long time for what you've tamed. [cf. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince]

Philosophy can look like the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits. [Cf. William James]

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. [Aristotle] (7)

Leisure is the mother of Philosophy. [Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, 1651]

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know. [Bertrand Russell]

Only that in you which is attuned to me can hear what I'm saying. [Cf. Baba Ram Dass]



  1. To consider what is true and what is good takes much.
  2. Stay away from dwarfing "college religion" to let higher and ableness-aiding vistas open up.
  3. A process of wonder has its steps and stages which may be portioned or meted out to help folks.

IN NUCE There are many considerations. The ones that help ableness on and up, help folks in general, and there are stages and different ways of getting able too, as mastery learning shows very well.

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Philosophy quotations, philosophy citations, LITERATURE  

Fa: Fadiman, Clifton, ed. The Faber Book of Anecdotes. London: Faber and Faber, 1985.

Ph: Ayer, A., and Jane O'Grady. A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.

Puh: Deussen, Paul. The Philosophy of the Upanishads. New York: Dover (Reprint of Clark's 1906-ed), 1966.

Toe: Fuller, Edmund, ed. Thesaurus of Epigrams. New York: Crown Publishers, 1943.

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