The Philosophy Gift Shop
'The Gift of Truth Excels all Other Gifts' (Buddha)
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.

So stand out from the crowd (and get some interesting comments!) with our cool collection of clothing, prints and apparel!


Hope you enjoy browsing around. Cheers,
Karene Jade Howie


'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.'

Ancient Greek Philosophy
Philosopher's Quotes & Pictures

Western Philosophy begins with the Ancient Greeks. Our Art collection includes Portraits, Paintings and Quotes from Pre-Socratic Greek Philosophers to Aristotle (Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Pythagoras, Heraclitus, Democritus, Socrates, Plato, Diogenes, Aristotle, Hypatia, Epicurus, Zeno of Citium). The famous painting 'School of Athens' (1510 -11) by Italian Renaissance artist, Raphael, is also part of our gallery.

We also have a comprehensive Philosophy Physics Metaphysics website with pages on Ancient Greek Philosophy (includes quotes, pictures and biographies). These pages are unique because they not only provide a summary of their main metaphysical ideas (founded on the dynamic unity of reality), but most importantly explain this interconnection of all things (i.e. how matter exists and interacts with all other matter in the universe).

We hope you enjoy the beauty and wisdom of these great minds. Enjoy!

Raphael: School of Athens Philosophers Painting

Raphael: School of Athens Philosophers Painting
"And those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers. (Plato quote on School of Athens Painting by Raphael)"

Greek Science / Philosophy: Thales of Miletus

Greek Science / Philosophy: Thales of Miletus
"Thales saw the Unity of the 'Existent,' and when he wanted to communicate this idea he talked of water."

Apeiron The First Principle / Source: Anaximander

Apeiron The First Principle / Source: Anaximander
"The Apeiron is neither water nor any other one of the things called elements, but the infinite is something of a different nature, from which came all the heavens and the worlds in them."

Anaximenes Philosophy: Air, Source of All

Anaximenes Philosophy: Air, Source of All
"Anaximenes ... said that infinite air was the principle from which things that are becoming, and that are, and that shall be, ...all come into being ..."

Pythagoras: Mathematics Philosophy Brevity

Pythagoras: Mathematics Philosophy Brevity
"Do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few."

Ancient Greek Philosophy: Heraclitus on Unity

Ancient Greek Philosophy: Heraclitus on Unity
"All things come out of the One and the One out of all things." (Heraclitus, 500 B.C.)

Greek Philosophy: Democritus on Tranquillity

Greek Philosophy: Democritus on Tranquillity
"Do few things, if you would enjoy tranquillity. ... By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich."

Know Thyself Philosophy of Socrates

Know Thyself Philosophy of Socrates
"Know Thyself! The unexamined Life is not worth Living." Wise Quote from the Ancient Greek Philosopher, Socrates (469 - 399 BC).

Sayings from Ancient Greece: Wisdom of Socrates

Sayings from Ancient Greece: Wisdom of Socrates
"An honest man is always a child."

Socrates: Commitment to Truth and Wisdom

Socrates: Commitment to Truth and Wisdom
"Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible, ...and care so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, ...?

Socrates: Wisdom from Leisure

Socrates: Wisdom from Leisure
"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

Death of Socrates

Death of Socrates
"Wars, factions, and fighting," said Socrates as he looked forward from his last hour, "have no other origin than this same body and its lusts .."

Plato: Education & Beauty

Plato: Education & Beauty
"The object of education is to teach us love of beauty." (Plato, Ancient Greek Philosopher, 427 - 347 B.C)

Plato Truth Reality Quote

Plato Truth Reality Quote
"When the mind's eye rests on objects illuminated by truth and reality, it understands and comprehends them, and functions intelligently .."

Poet in Love: The Dialogues of Plato

Poet in Love: The Dialogues of Plato
"For no matter what dull clay we seemed to be before, we are every one of us a poet when we are in love."

The Spring of Knowledge: Plato on Play

The Spring of Knowledge: Plato on Play
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."

Music, Philosophy, Writing: Plato

Music, Philosophy, Writing: Plato
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."

Plato: Equality of Men and Women

Plato: Equality of Men and Women
"Nothing can be more absurd than the practice ...of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, ...the state instead of being whole is reduced to half."

Plato: Wisdom, Humour, Beer

Plato: Wisdom, Humour, Beer
"He was a wise man who invented beer." (Plato, 427 - 347 BC)

Plato Aristotle: Ancient Greek Philosophy

Plato Aristotle: Ancient Greek Philosophy
".. there will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, until philosophers are kings in this world and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. (Plato)"

Cynic Philosophy Diogenes: Education of the Youth

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

Ancient Greek Philosophy: Aristotle on Metaphysics

Ancient Greek Philosophy: Aristotle on Metaphysics
"Metaphysics is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance."

Greek Philosophers: Aristotle on Law & Justice

Greek Philosophers: Aristotle on Law & Justice
"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst."

Greek Philosopher Thinker: Aristotle on Excellence

Greek Philosopher Thinker: Aristotle on Excellence
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."

Aristotle Famous Quote on Education: Living & Dead

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

Hypatia: Wisdom of Greece / Pursuit of Truth

Hypatia: Wisdom of Greece / Pursuit of Truth
"Life is an unfoldment, ... . To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond."

Epicurus: Death Nihilism Hellenistic Philosophy

Epicurus: Death Nihilism Hellenistic Philosophy
"Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist."

Pleasure of Self Control: Desire and Epicurus

Pleasure of Self Control: Desire and Epicurus
"If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires."

Zeno of Citium: Stoic Philosophy

Zeno of Citium: Stoic Philosophy
"All things are parts of one single system, which is called Nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with Nature."



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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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Philosophy Physics Metaphysics of Space & the Wave Structure of Matter (WSM).
'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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