Top Ten Greatest Philosophical Quotes


The Top Ten

1 Albert 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

Intelligences �"of varying kinds and degrees are gifts to be used wisely and compassionately for society’s betterment; imagination, however, can be cultivated and inculcated in others, causing us to change our perspectives or think of possibilities within our domains.

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2 Gandhi: 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.

Agree with you back there.

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3 Socrates: 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.

The difference between a literate person and illiterate is the literate knows what he knows nothing.

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4 The 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

This happens with the passes of time to welcome the upcoming. It's wonderful and shall continue for ever in universe. Ranajit Chattopadhyay. Howrah.

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5 Socrate: 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...

You don't know his wife, don't you? - waldo

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6 Pascal: 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.

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

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

They rain bombs on civilians without reason, too.

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7 Aristotle: 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

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

The definition of happiness... - MatrixGuy

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the aim and end of one's existence.

Happiness is the ultimate reason why I live, only that man could not understand.

8 Albert 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

That's the basics of existentialism. They ask no questions of the meaning of something but they ask questions like " what means it to me? ". It's also more a way of life and attitude than a real philosophy. But it's also known that this attitude ( how admirable it may be ) stops progressions in the search of the absolute truth.

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...

Man came from nothing who lives for something.
-John Jay

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9 Plato: 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. "

Philosophy means love for wisdom or knowledge. What Plato really means here( if you can read the greek text it would be better to understand ) is that a state should be run by people who have wisdom and knowledge and not by people with intelligence to exploit others ( the Sophists ). In a today context you can compare it with the people who are now in governments just to get the power to exploit the society and to get better themselves. A Sophist ( not a Philosopher ) of today is someone like for instance Donald Trump ( intelligent in a way but not wise to run a country ).

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.

The end of true philosopher is not to be regarded as superior in reason but humility in action.
-John Jay

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10 Bruce 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.

So much truth in this quote.

Decadently grand!

I have heard it so many times, it's so epic - Ananya

Excellent... - ashakantasharma

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The Contenders

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

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

Sorry, I couldn't resist - CityGuru

its actually pretty true.

That's cheap philosophy ( if you can call it philosophy? ). If I get a box of chocolates I know I get chocolates with different kind of flavors or one kind of flavor but I still know it's chocolate! Put this stupid quote out of this list!

I do...I open the box before I buy it.

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12 Epicurus: 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.

Be content today. Let the time do its thing. When you meet tomorrow - look back. Thick those unchecked box from yesterday. But tomorrow only adds to the stock - the unchecked boxes. So you be content again! Toady!

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.

A new tat if I ever saw one...

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13 Bruce 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.

Wow... What a Quotation Man... Awesome. Bruce lee. We miss you Man...!

Wo this one is really nice - Toucan

true that

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14 Henry 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

Fancy words to explain the greek meaning of philosophy. Wisdom ( sophia ) and love ( philo ) for it!

15 Yoda: 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.

A little bit stupid ( what do you expect from a Hollywood movie ). Sometimes we can learn from our mistakes while we're trying to do right afterwards.

I believe that what Yoda is saying is that when we are doing something difficult, we should not "try" to do it, we should just do it. - GrimmShady

Basically either do it or don't, don't half ass anything. Great quote

The rest just make me feel worthless, this makes me determined...

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

President Kennedy is overrated as being one of the best presidents of the US. He announced the discovery of the installation in Cuba of nuclear missiles and proclaimed that any nuclear attack from Cuba would be regarded as an attack of the Soviet Union and would be responded accordingly. Cuba dismantled its nuclear missile to keep relations at peace but on the other hand president Kennedy had no problem by install nuclear missiles in Turkey. This man was " creating " enemies because of his " paranoia " and starting almost a nuclear war. Forgive your enemies by putting millions of people in danger? Was that his wise philosophy?

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

So stupid! Why I have to forgive my enemies? If for instance someone would kill my mother why should I forgive a bastard like that?


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

Some people are too serious 24/7/365 and need to remember what is was like to have no worries once in a while is a perspective I see here

Children are quick to forgiveness and they are innocent! Who wouldn't want that?

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.

Ah, so. Remember yelling for joy and leaping skyward because of that joy?
That' glee!

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

It's a shame that we fail to love one another when love is rated so high and its for free!

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

Just another equivalent of the old saying " After rain comes the Sunshine ". Nice saying but no originality in Tupac's equivalent.

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

No matter how hard it get. One should keep goingm

That's so true

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

It's true in a way what he's saying. About the atom bomb? Well, nobody was punished for it. He just don't say of the privilege is right or wrong. If he tought that it was wrong then you can concider this quote as a sarcastic critic against geniuses who thinks they can do anything they want and get away with it. I know that Lewis Carrol had a romantic nature, so I believe that he tought that privilege of geniuses was a wrong thing.

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