Top Ten Greatest Philosophical Quotes


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1Albert Einstein: Real sign of intelligence isn't knoweldge, it's imagination

No words of mine can ever do any justice to this man... All I can say is the quote shown above reflects what a great man he truly was and still is. I wonder what he would say if he lived in this world right now. Would he be disgusted or amazed?

Almost as reminiscent of what would Jesus say if he were to have seen what has been done in his name.

Maybe einstein doesn't have the greatest knowledge, but have the greatest imagination of all :D

Much recpect for this great man, more known for his scientific discoveries, I know him as the man he his

He'd be disgusted. The planet's dying and the human race - along with almost everything else - is about to become extinct. Unless he's a nihilist, which would make him delighted.

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2Gandhi: Live simply that others may simply live

These are words to live by in this world of extremes. We need to be more mindful of how our choices and acts affects people we have never met.

short in reading, deep in grasping, deeper in understanding and deepest in implemenation

It show's gratefulness; something which human's desperately need.

But life is complex.

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3Socrates: I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing

It is natural truth that no one knows everything but it is really very difficult to confess that. But one who accept that, his such a sentence reflect that he knows more than others.

Empty glass has space for more...

More true than some of the others, and definitely smarter than some movie quote that just sounds cool, because you saw the movie.

Well, that statement means I'm a better Philosopher than Socrates, because I know lots of things.

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4The Book of Job: Remember: life is a breath; Soon I will vanish from your sight. The eye that looks will not see me; You may search but I will be gone. Like a cloud fading in the sky, Man dissolves into death. And never comes home again.

You ask how one may write so well?
This is done by divine inspiration. The Bible in all of it's entirety was written in this way. From the earliest text to the newest from Genesis to Revelation. The Book, or rather "Volume", that is the Holy Bible was constructed by the very hand of God, orchestrated through time.

This is so pretty and beautiful. The trick is that now we say "ooh how nicely said! " but if anybody nowadays would say anything like that we would be like "what's he talking about? Is he crazy? "

The inevitable can never be defined greater - MatrixGuy

So there's atheism in the bible? Good!

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5Socrate: My advice to you is to get married: Iif you find a good wife you'll be happy; If not, you'll become a philosophe

Get married with good wife = imagination

getting married is to share our love and affection, no one is complete without a wife or a husband for that matter

this is very correct as philosophers our mostly full of negative energy and this is humorous to me...

My goodness! He's being ironic, that's all. This isn't an advertisement for marriage, more a sarcastic take on the apparent navel gazing those who don't marry engage in. It's self-deprecating comedy.

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6Pascal: It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not the reason

People push reason aside when it comes to God.
Humanity and God are like lovers, and love can make people blind.

God is whatever you want it to be, perceived by your Mind and soul, therefore, God is only a perception... "He" is not the creator of the universe, nor can he be compared in an analogy to a lover.

The heart doesn't perceive anything it is an organ that pumps blood around the body, nothing more, nothing less.

Faith comes first before reason, although both are necessary to perceive God.

They rain bombs on civilians without reason, too.

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7Aristotle: Happiness is something final and complete in itself, As being the aim and end of practical activities whatever... Happiness then we define as the active exercise of the mind In conformity with perfect goodness or virtue

The definition of happiness... - MatrixGuy

Happiness is fleeting, elusive, and temporary. The best a person can do is to not suffer excessively and unnecessarily.

8Albert Camus: It was previously a question Of finding out whether or not life Has to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear, on the contrary That it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning

It's an opinion on the finiteness of life. From nothing we came, and to nothing we return. I guess it's up to you what you do with your time, plus your attitude to what happens with your time.

Nice philosophical quotes...
Extra ordinary...
Must be followed in a persons life...

Yes, I agree because I think that we should live like a ongoing river having no goal,blessing life with full of water.

9Plato: There will be no end to the troubles of states,Or of humanity itself,Till philosophers become kings in this world,Or till those we now call kings and rulers really And truly become philosophers,

Plato is one of the greatest thinkers in the history of mankind. Although some of his thoughts are derailed by the age in which he lived and the things he thus took for granted, he was ever so right to present this thought. By a philosopher Plato means the person who searches for the origin of human thoughts and action with the aim of knowing what choices to make in life. Many people who currently govern the world are more than capable intellectually and posses the right knowledge to make right decisions, but lack the knowledge of the origin of thoughts and are therefore unable to distinguish right from wrong.

"If even one remains uncorrupted in a community which is prepared to obey him, then that is enough: everything that is now open to doubt would become a full-fledged reality. "

Plato is an absolute great thinker. Great nations are built through the reflection on the words of a man like Plato. My worry is that literal minded men do not recognize such great minds in history.

All Philosophers are idealists, but to assume that all Philosophers shall unite as one in some sort of Utopian society is naive. There are genetic personality traits to take into account, differences in what is right and name it. Fine ideal, but unattainable like all the rest. There's no such thing as a universal truth - even in literature. Everything's an opinion piece, even mine.

What's missing in this idealistic quote is that most people are trying their very best to be the best people they can, yet the planet is still dying.

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10Bruce Lee: I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.

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?Jonathan Franzen - What you haven't done by 30, you're probably never going to do

That is not true. Examples could be cited, but really, do you not have enough imagination to understand that the opportunity to grow and achieve is not limited to the age of 30?

?Maynard James Keenan - Learn to swim and I'll see you down in Arizona Bay

The great man wants change, but the harsh fact is that if you can't swim, whilst avoiding Great White Sharks and Crocodiles, the human race is dead inside 150-years.

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11Forrest Gump: Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get

its actually pretty true.

Life is like a box of chocolates. It doesn't last long for fat people.

Sorry, I couldn't resist - CityGuru

Actually, it says it on the little paper or on the box.

If I buy a box of Toblerone, that's what I'm getting.

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12Epicurus: Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Very true. So many of us endlessly complained about the things that we don't have at the moment. The fact is, we already got so much of what once was a burning need.

I never asked for life, so I'm not grateful or ungrateful for it. My parents copulated, conceived, and here I am in the middle of nowhere responding to a philosophical thread. I don't recall ever signing up got life.

Greatest Philosopher should have the greatest quote

Thinking this way will make your days happier.

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13Henry David Thoreau: To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, Nor even to found a school, But so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, A life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust

Who decides what Philosophy is and isn't? Philosophers aren't here to please and make us all feel better, they're here to make us question our beliefs, our ideals, and the endless paradox' that life presents. If you want to feel better, go hug a tree - while they're still here.

I'm a smart ass, but I can't argue with this one. He has encapsulated my life and aspirations in a nutshell.

I find this to be one or more of the phyl quotes

14Bruce Lee: Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.

Bruce acknowledging the harsh realities of life. Succinctly put, too.

Love is the only thing that makes both parties happy

15Walt Disney: Too many people grow up. Thats the trouble with the world... They don't remember what its like to be twelve years old.

Lol! If I want children I'll go to a club and, if I get lucky, I can impregnate a woman. How miraculous. I want adults in this world, not children. There's far too many people on the planet as it is, and the one's that are here behave exactly like children.

16John F. Kennedy: Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names.

Forgiving them is good... And their names in this context is the lesson... So if something related to their names (lessons) comes up in future, you take the necessary precautions... It's a good one

Its a guiding principle towards life defense

If anyone did to me what they did to Kennedy would end up in an electric chair.

17Albert Camus: If there is one thing one can always yearn for And sometimes attain, it is human love

I like the 'sometimes' addition, because it's rare as gold.

18Yoda: Do or do not, there is no try.

George Lucas tried, and came up with Jar Jar Binks. Do not do or try ever again please, George.

Yoda killing it as per usual

Exactly the point Yoda

19Tupac: Remember through every dark night, there's a brighter day after that.

Don't give up on your difficults you can still find a better way

No matter how hard it get. One should keep goingm

20Lewis Carrol: It is the privilege of true genius, And especially genius who opens up a new path, To make great mistakes with impunity

The Atom Bomb anyone?

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1. Albert Einstein: Real sign of intelligence isn't knoweldge, it's imagination
2. Gandhi: Live simply that others may simply live
3. Socrates: I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing



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