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Karene Jade Howie - Student of Philosophy and overworked shop keeper!
Hello and welcome to the Philosophy Shop. We have a beautiful gallery of famous portraits and fine art prints with profound quotes from many of the greatest minds of human history - making it simple and easy to find artful intelligent gifts for friends and family (and yourself of course!).

We have purchased a variety of things (posters, journals, calendars, caps, t-shirts, buttons, coffee mugs, etc.) and can confirm their high quality. But most importantly, the daily experience of seeing these portraits and words of wisdom is a cheerful reminder of the more noble and beautiful aspects of our human nature & creativity.

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'At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.' (Aristotle) 'Hatred is never appeased by hatred in this world; it is appeased by love. This is an eternal Law.' (Buddha) 'I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.' (Spinoza) 'The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.' (Bertrand Russell) 'The scientist only imposes two things, namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself and upon other scientists'. (Erwin Schrodinger) 'The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.' (Euclid) 'I am one of those who think like Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries.' (Marie Curie) 'Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.' (Seneca the Younger) 'If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.' (Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR))
'Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it?' (Michel de Montaigne on Philosophy of Education) 'The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future.' (Herbert Spencer) 'The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction.' (Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi) 'No one was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrancy of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language.' (Samuel Taylor Coleridge) 'In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.' (George Orwell) 'Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.' (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 'No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.' (Mary Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Women) 'Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels.' (Francisco de Goya) 'QUESTION: What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a philosopher? ANSWER: An offer you can't understand.'

Philosophy of Education

Our gallery on Educational Philosophy has some lovely quotes on the Importance of Education and what constitutes a Good Education (for the Individual and Society). It is inspiring to read the words of great minds who have fought for knowledge and freedom of thought. Our collection includes wisdom from the Ancient Greek Philosophers - Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Diogenes, Seneca to Confucius and Buddha from the East. Other Philosophers and Scientists include Galileo, Michel de Montaigne, Spinoza, Descartes, Rousseau, Wordsworth, Goethe, Louis Pasteur, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Whitehead, Thomas Edison, Bertrand Russell, William James, Aldous Huxley, John F. Kennedy, Gandhi, Winston Churchill, Rudolf Steiner, Maria Montessori and Mary Wollstonecraft. Enjoy, be inspired and inspire others!

For more information and interesting quotes, we also have a comprehensive webpage on the Educational Philosophy

My dear children: I rejoice to see you before me today, happy youth of a sunny and fortunate land. Bear in mind that the wonderful things that you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labour in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honour it, and add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common. If you always keep that in mind you will find meaning in life and work and acquire the right attitude towards other nations and ages.
(Albert Einstein talking to a group of school children. 1934)

Socrates: Knowledge Books Wisdom

Socrates: Knowledge Books Wisdom
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other people's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for."

Good, Evil, Knowledge, Ignorance: Socrates Wisdom

Good, Evil, Knowledge, Ignorance: Socrates Wisdom
"There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance."

Beginning of Wisdom: Greek Philosopher Socrates

Beginning of Wisdom: Greek Philosopher Socrates
"The unexamined life is not worth living. ... Wisdom begins in wonder."

Plato Educational Philosophy: Love of Beauty

Plato Educational Philosophy: Love of Beauty
"The object of education is to teach us love of beauty." (Plato quote on Education, 427 - 347 B.C.)

Play Discovery: Greek Philosophy Wisdom of Plato

Play Discovery: Greek Philosophy Wisdom of Plato
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

Aristotle Philosophy of Education: Living and Dead

Aristotle Philosophy of Education: Living and Dead
"The educated differ from the uneducated, as the living from the dead." (Aristotle on Education, 384 - 322 B.C.)

Aristotle: Habit of Excellence in Education

Aristotle: Habit of Excellence in Education
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

Education of Youth: Greek Cynic Diogenes

Education of Youth: Greek Cynic Diogenes
"The foundation of every state is the education of its youth."

Seneca Strength of Mind: Challenge Hardship Labour

Seneca Strength of Mind: Challenge Hardship Labour
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labour does the body."

Words of Confucius: Pleasure of Applied Learning

Words of Confucius: Pleasure of Applied Learning
"To learn and from time to time to apply what one has learned, isn't that a pleasure?"

Education from Antiquity: Confucius on Knowledge

Education from Antiquity: Confucius on Knowledge
"I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there." (Confucius, 551 - 479 B.C)

Noble Eightfold Path: Buddha Education of Mind

Noble Eightfold Path: Buddha Education of Mind
"To tread the Noble Eightfold Path requires one to live a life based on a right view, right thought, right speech, right conduct, right vocation, right effort, right attention and right concentration.

Discovery Truth Science: Galileo Individual Power

Discovery Truth Science: Galileo Individual Power
"All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; ...the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."

Michel de Montaigne: Philosophy of Education

Michel de Montaigne: Philosophy of Education
"Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it?" (de Montaigne, 1533 - 1592)

Guidance of Reason: Noble Love of Fellow Man

Guidance of Reason: Noble Love of Fellow Man
"...He who lives under the guidance of reason endeavours as much as possible to repay his fellow’s hatred, rage, contempt, etc. with love and nobleness."

Seeker of Truth: Rene Descartes on Doubt

Seeker of Truth: Rene Descartes on Doubt
"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."

False Opinion Society Influence: Rene Descartes

False Opinion Society Influence: Rene Descartes
Several years have now elapsed since I first became aware that I had accepted, even from my youth, many false opinions for true, ..."

Jean Jacques Rousseau: Education

Jean Jacques Rousseau: Education
"Plants are shaped by cultivation and men by education. .. Everything we do not have at our birth and which we need when we are grown is given us by education." (Rousseau, 1712 -1778)

Poetry of Wordsworth: Nature the Teacher

Poetry of Wordsworth: Nature the Teacher
"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher."

Noble Soul, Clear Mind, Goethe Purity of Thought

Noble Soul, Clear Mind, Goethe Purity of Thought
"If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul."

Science and Knowledge: Words of Louis Pasteur

Science and Knowledge: Words of Louis Pasteur
"Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world."

Truth and Life: German Philosophy Schopenhauer

Truth and Life: German Philosophy Schopenhauer
"But life is short, and truth works far and lives long: let us speak the truth."

History Failure of Government: Hegel Quote

History Failure of Government: Hegel Quote
"What experience and history teach is this - that people and governments never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it."

Whitehead Education: Philosophy Death of Ignorance

Whitehead Education: Philosophy Death of Ignorance
"Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance, is the death of knowledge. ... Philosophy is the product of wonder."

Thomas Edison Quote: Inspiration and Genius

Thomas Edison Quote: Inspiration and Genius
"Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration."

Science and Intuition; Proof and Discovery

Science and Intuition; Proof and Discovery
"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover."

Thought: Revolutionary, Terrible, Great, Free

Thought: Revolutionary, Terrible, Great, Free
"Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, ...Thought is great and swift and free."

Attitude Perception William James Life Observation

Attitude Perception William James Life Observation
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude."

Aldous Huxley Old Age Spirit of Childhood

Aldous Huxley Old Age Spirit of Childhood
"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."

Power of the Press: Safety Freedom Jefferson

Power of the Press: Safety Freedom Jefferson
"... The people cannot be safe without information. When the press is free and every man can read, all is safe."

Theodore Roosevelt: Moral Education

Theodore Roosevelt: Moral Education
"To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society."

JFK: Human Mind, Knowledge, Education of a Nation

JFK: Human Mind, Knowledge, Education of a Nation
"...The human mind is our fundamental resource. ... The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth."

Power of Truth: Famous Words of Gandhi

Power of Truth: Famous Words of Gandhi
"The Truth is far more powerful than any weapon of mass destruction."

Winston Churchill: Mankind Fear of Truth

Winston Churchill: Mankind Fear of Truth
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened."

Nelson Mandela Education Weapon of Change

Nelson Mandela Education Weapon of Change
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Rudolf Steiner: Education School

Rudolf Steiner: Education School
"A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living."

Sigmund Freud: Radiant Mind of Children

Sigmund Freud: Radiant Mind of Children
"What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of a child and the feeble mentality of the average adult." (Sigmund Freud, 1856 - 1939)

Methods of Education Children and Maria Montessori

Methods of Education Children and Maria Montessori
"If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men."

Individual Responsibility to Humanity: Marie Curie

Individual Responsibility to Humanity: Marie Curie
"...each of us must work for his own improvement, ...our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."

Feminist Philosophy: Strength of Female Mind

Feminist Philosophy: Strength of Female Mind
"Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience."

Charlotte Bronte: Prejudice & Education

Charlotte Bronte: Prejudice & Education
"Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow firm there, firm as weeds among stones."

Authority vs. Truth: Feminist Lucretia Mott Quote

Authority vs. Truth: Feminist Lucretia Mott Quote
"We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth."



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Karene contemplating all the work she has done on the Philosophy Shop!ABOUT YOUR SHOP KEEPER: KARENE HOWIE
My partner (philosopher Geoff Haselhurst) and I are building a large philosophy website which is the source (and inspiration) for most of the Philosophy images and quotes in this shop.
Below are some of our favourite philosophers / quotes and links to relevant pages of our website. Philosophy (which is ultimately about Wisdom from Truth and Reality) is important to our world (all proceeds from this shop are used to promote our work on Philosophy).
Thus we also hope that you find our philosophy website interesting!
Cheers, Karene. (August, 2010)

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'Most of the fundamental ideas of science are simple and can be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone. ... Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.' (Albert Einstein) 'Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance. ... And here we will have the science to study that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which it has.' (Aristotle, 340BC) 'When forced to summarize the general theory of relativity in one sentence: Time and space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter.' (Albert Einstein) 'What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Particles are just schaumkommen (appearances).' (Erwin Schrodinger on Quantum Physics / Wave Mechanics) 'Can we visualize a universe which is finite yet unbounded? ... The supreme task of the physicist is to arrive at those universal laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction.' (Albert Einstein) 'There is nothing more necessary than truth. ... One does not want to be deceived, under the supposition that it is injurious, dangerous, or fatal to be deceived.' (Friedrich Nietzsche on Philosophy) 'Although I am fully convinced of the truth of Evolution, I by no means expect to convince experienced naturalists. But I look with confidence to the future naturalists, who will be able to view both sides with impartiality.' (Charles Darwin) 'If religion is the establishing of a relationship between man and the universe, then morality is the explanation of those activities that automatically result when a person maintains a relationship to the universe.' (Leo Tolstoy) 'Analyse any human emotion, no matter how far it may be removed from the sphere of sex, and you are sure to discover somewhere the primal impulse, to which life owes its perpetuation.' (Sigmund Freud) Evolving a healthy lifestyle. Preventative medicine of physical exercise and consuming clean air, water and nature based organic food.
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