Famous quotes by great philosophers that will make you introspect and think!

Philosophy is a branch which is connected to everything that exists in the world, whether it’s real or unreal, imaginary or unimaginary. But it’s also more than that because a person has a vast scope to know about and think of things around him/her. And as an individual too, we are naïve about our own inner self too, most of the times.

So, here are some of the best, famous quotes by the greatest philosophers that will make you introspect and think in a positive and deep way possible, to bring an improvisation in your approach to the life itself.

“There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide” – Albert Camus.

“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates.

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

“Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident” – Jean-Paul Sartre.

“Man is the measure of all things” – Protagoras.

“We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone” – St. Augustine.

“The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone” – John Locke.

“To do as one would be done by, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality” – John Stuart Mill.

“The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures” – Democratus.

“Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature” – John Locke.

“A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion” – Sir Francis Bacon.

“In everything, there is a share of everything” – Anaxagoras.

“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus.

“Virtue is nothing else than right reason” – Seneca the Younger.

“It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” – W.K. Clifford.

“Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it” – Karl Marx.

“I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature” – Spinoza.

“Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative” – Aristotle.

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” – Rene Descartes.

“Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest” – Denis Diderot.

“Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” – Soren Kierkegaard.

“All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds” – Leibniz.

“The only thing I know is that I know nothing” – Socrates.

“I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not in order to enjoy ourselves” – Ludwig Wittgenstein.

“It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth” – John Locke.

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness” – Immanuel Kant.

“Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable” – G.W.F. Hegel.

“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it” – Epicurus.

“Religion is the sign of the oppressed … it is the opium of the people” – Karl Marx.

“Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man’s?” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – Edmund Burke.

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly” – Francis Bacon.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato.

“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god” – Aristotle.

“History is Philosophy teaching by examples” – Thucydides.

“Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know” – Bertrand Russell.

“The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone” – John Locke.

“Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me” – G.W.F. Hegel.

“Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language” – Ludwig Wittgenstein.

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” – Socrates.

“Even while they teach, men learn” – Seneca the Younger.

“Liberty consists in doing what one desires” – John-Stuart Mill.

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination” – Immanuel Kant.

“To be is to be perceived” – Bishop George Berkeley.

“The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation” – Jeremy Bentham.

“God is dead! He remains dead! And we have killed him” – Friedrich Nietzsche.

“He who thinks great thoughts, often makes great errors” – Martin Heidegger.

“I think therefore I am” – Rene Descartes.

“Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” – Ludwig Wittgenstein.

The last one is mine. Well, I am not a great philosopher, but just thought to share my own thought too, for concluding this article.

“Normality will leave you in a complete disaster; only complexity will save you”.

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