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Engrave this Quote The intelligentsia ...was kept busy embroidering white stitches on the philosophical and ecclesiastical vestments of the bourgeoisie - that old and filthy fabric besmeared with the blood of toiling masses.
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-Maxim Gorky
Engrave this Quote The courage of the truth is the first condition of philosophic study.
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-G. W. F. Hegel
Engrave this Quote Truth in philosophy means that concept and external reality correspond.
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-G. W. F. Hegel
Engrave this Quote Metaphysics means nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.
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-William James
Engrave this Quote A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.
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-William James
Engrave this Quote To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
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-William James
Engrave this Quote I know that you, ladies and gentlemen, have a philosophy, each and all of you, and that the most interesting and important thing about you is the way in which it determines the perspective in your several worlds.
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-William James
Engrave this Quote Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
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-William James
Engrave this Quote While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work Plato's Republic, I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?
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-Thomas Jefferson
Engrave this Quote If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
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-Samuel Johnson
Engrave this Quote All the interests of my reason, speculative as well as practical, combine in the three following questions: 1. What can I know? 2. What ought I to do? 3. What may I hope?
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-Immanuel Kant
Engrave this Quote Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow.
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-John Keats
Engrave this Quote What wreath for Lamia? What for Lycius?
What for the sage, old Apollonius?
Upon her aching forehead be there hung
The leaves of willow and of adder's tongue;
And for the youth, quick, let us strip for him
The thyrsus, that his watching eyes may swim
Into forgetfulness; and, for the sage,
Let spear-grass and the spiteful thistle wage
War on his temples. Do not all charms fly
At the mere touch of cold philosophy?
There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:
We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine -
Unweave a rainbow
, as it erewhile made
The tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade.

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-John Keats
Lamia (part ii), 1818
Engrave this Quote Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.
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-Soren Kierkegaard
Engrave this Quote It does not really avail us much to get clear definitions. I am for clarity, by all means, but to think that you can reduce a concept to a relatively simple definition, and that you can somehow go somewhere that will be interesting and fruitful, just does not seem to me to be very plausible at the present time. And that is exactly what I used to strive for. I took old Socrates seriously; you search for the definition. You get the essence of the thing, and once you get the essence and the definition that somehow captures that essence, you are home free. That is how you do philosophy. When you read Hegel, you realize how incredibly flexible and supple concepts are, how they take you for a fool when you take them too literally and too tightly, how they are interconnected with one another, how they interplay in ways you really do not understand, how in other words, strangely enough, you really do not understand any part unless, or until, you understand the whole. That is what I learned from these folks. I really think that stress on context is terribly important and enriches one's philosophical approach significantly.
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/philosophy/faculty/lachs_interview.html
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-John Lachs
Interview with Pat Shade
Engrave this Quote In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today he'd have a talk show.
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-Timothy Leary, "Evening Standard", August 2, 1989
Engrave this Quote Every landscape appears first of all as a vast chaos . . . . But the most majestic meaning of all is surely that which precedes and, commands and, to a large extent, explains the others. . . . My aim is to recapture the master-meaning, which may be obscure but of which each of the others is a partial or distorted transposition. . . . I quite naturally looked upon Freud's theories as the application to the human being of a method the basic pattern of which is represented by geology. . . . Marxism, psychoanalysis and geology demonstrate that understanding consists in reducing one type of reality to another; that the true reality is never the most obvious; and that the nature of truth is already indicated by the care it takes to remain elusive. . . . But I had learned from my three sources of inspiration that the transition between one order and the other is discontinuous; that to reach reality one has first to reject experience, and then subsequently to reintegrate it into an objective synthesis devoid of any sentimentality.
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-Claude Levi-Strauss
Tristes Tropiques
Engrave this Quote We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
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-G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Engrave this Quote If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
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-G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Engrave this Quote When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
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-Walter Lippmann
Engrave this Quote There is no school of philosophy that approaches ordinary common sense.
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-Michael Lipsey
Engrave this Quote I have a simple philosophy. Fill what's empty. Empty what's full and scratch where it itches.
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-Alice Roosevelt Longworth
Engrave this Quote An inefficient virus kills its host. A clever virus stays with it.
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-James Lovelock
Engrave this Quote In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.
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-Thomas Babington Macaulay
Engrave this Quote There is no philosophy without the art of ignoring objections.
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-Joseph De Maistre

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