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.'

Famous Writers of Literature

We hope you enjoy our collection of portraits and quotes from some our favorite Authors (Emily & Charlotte Bronte, George Orwell, Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Voltaire, Oscar Wilde, Aldous Huxley). The book 'Philosophical Sketches' is also available. It includes 30 full page pictures, beautiful quotes and biographies of famous Philosophers. We hope you find inspiration in their words of wisdom. Enjoy!

For we soon reap the fruits of literature in life, and prolonged indulgence in any form of literature in life leaves its mark on the moral nature of man, affecting not only the mind but physical poise and intonation. (Plato)

George Orwell 1984 Big Brother

George Orwell 1984 Big Brother
"Big Brother is watching you."

George Orwell: Allegory / Animal Farm

George Orwell: Allegory / Animal Farm
"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."

George Orwell Social Comment: Revolution & Truth

George Orwell Social Comment: Revolution & Truth
"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

Novelist George Orwell: Politics / Language

Novelist George Orwell: Politics / Language
"Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind."

Political Satire: George Orwell's Animal Farm

Political Satire: George Orwell's Animal Farm
"Four legs good, two legs bad."

Orwell: Totalitarian Mechanism of Thought Control

Orwell: Totalitarian Mechanism of Thought Control
"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought."

Aldous Huxley: Genius Child Enthusiasm

Aldous Huxley: Genius Child Enthusiasm
"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm."

History of Mankind: Aldous Huxley

History of Mankind: Aldous Huxley
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history."

Humanist Writer Aldous Huxley on War & Murder

Humanist Writer Aldous Huxley on War & Murder
"What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood."

Famous Poet Playwright Oscar Wilde: Genius

Famous Poet Playwright Oscar Wilde: Genius
"I have nothing to declare except my genius."

Female Novelists: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights

Female Novelists: Emily Bronte Wuthering Heights
"I wish I were out of doors - I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free ... and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them!" (Emily Bronte, 1818 - 1848)

Mystic Thinking: Edgar Allan Poe on Dreams

Mystic Thinking: Edgar Allan Poe on Dreams
"All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

Gothic Fiction: Edgar Allan Poe The Raven

Gothic Fiction: Edgar Allan Poe The Raven
"And the silken, sad, uncertain rustling of each purple curtain Thrilled me - filled me with fantastic terrors never felt before." (The Raven)

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein

Mary Shelley: Frankenstein
"... the moon gazed on my midnight labours, while, with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, I pursued nature to her hiding-places."

English Novelist Mary Shelley on Feminism

English Novelist Mary Shelley on Feminism
"I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves."

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Modern Prometheus

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Modern Prometheus
"It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, ... I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open."

British Romantic Writer Percy Shelley on War

British Romantic Writer Percy Shelley on War
"Man has no right to kill his brother. It is no excuse that he does so in uniform: he only adds the infamy of servitude to the crime of murder."

Enlightenment Philosopher: Voltaire Moderation

Enlightenment Philosopher: Voltaire Moderation
“Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.”

French Philosopher Author Voltaire: Love Truth

French Philosopher Author Voltaire: Love Truth
“Love truth, but pardon error.”

Shakespeare's Tragedy Hamlet: Horatio, Philosophy

Shakespeare's Tragedy Hamlet: Horatio, Philosophy
"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (Hamlet)

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare's Hamlet

To Be or Not To Be: Shakespeare's Hamlet
"To be, or not to be: that is the question: ...to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? ..."

Famous Tragedy: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Famous Tragedy: Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun. Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon, ..." (Romeo and Juliet)

William Shakespeare Tragedy and Comedy: Henry VI

William Shakespeare Tragedy and Comedy: Henry VI
"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." (Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene II)

William Shakespeare: All the Worlds a Stage

William Shakespeare: All the Worlds a Stage
"All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."

William Shakespeare Quote: What's in a Name?

William Shakespeare Quote: What's in a Name?
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 1564 - 1616)

Saint Thomas More: Utopia, God Servant

Saint Thomas More: Utopia, God Servant
"I die the king's good servant, but God's first". (Last words of Thomas More. His head was displayed on London Bridge for a month, then retrieved by his daughter.)

Philosophy Online Book Shop

Philosophy Online Book Shop
Purchase 'Philosophical Sketches' from our online bookstore. Books have the engaging ability to bring people to life, to show us inside their minds. 30 full page Philosopher's portraits, biography ...



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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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