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"All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher."
"All men desire to know."
"An unexamined life is not worth living."
"Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution."
"Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation."
"I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law."
"If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them."
"In the very books in which philosophers bid us scorn fame, they inscribe their names."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"I'm a philosophy major. That means I can think deep thoughts about being unemployed."
"Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed."
"My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not you'll become a philosopher."
"My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all."
"Never judge a philosophy by its abuse."
"No sooner do we depart from sense and instinct to follow reason but we are insensibly drawn into uncouth paradoxes, difficulties, and inconsistencies, which multiply and grow upon us as we advance in speculation; till at length, having wandered through many intricate mazes, we find ourselves just where we were, or, which is worse, sit down in a forlorn scepticism."
"Nobody can have the consolations of religion or philosophy unless he has first experienced their desolations."
"Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines."
"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself."
"Philosophy is questions that may never be answered. Religion is answers that may never be questioned."
"Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex."
"Philosophy is written in this grand book - I mean the Universe - which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it."
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