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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.'

Western Philosophy & Philosophers

We hope you enjoy our gallery of Western Philosophy! We have collected many wise and beautiful quotes which are illustrated with portraits of the most famous Philosophers of the 15th - 20th Century. These great minds include de Montaigne, Hobbes, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Locke, Kierkegaard, Mill, Berkeley, Rousseau, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Engels, William James, Tolstoy and Heidegger.

We also have a comprehensive Philosophy Physics Metaphysics website with some interesting pages on Western Philosophy (includes Philosopher's quotes, biography, pictures and summary of main ideas). See also; Aristotle, Leibniz, David Hume, Immanuel Kant.

'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, 1592)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? ... Oddly, things have now reached such a state that even among men of intelligence philosophy means something fantastical and vain, without value or usefulness, both in opinion and practice. (Michel de Montaigne, 1592)

Henri Poincare: Philosophy, Science and Intuition

Henri Poincare: Philosophy, Science and Intuition
"It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover."

Heidegger: Phenomenology, Language, Man

Heidegger: Phenomenology, Language, Man
"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man."

Leo Tolstoy: Philosophy of Truth

Leo Tolstoy: Philosophy of Truth
"Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it."

William James: Prejudice Freedom of Thought

William James: Prejudice Freedom of Thought
"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices."

Resolving the Past: William James and Pragmatism

Resolving the Past: William James and Pragmatism
"If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system."

Nature versus Humanity: Communist Theory Engels

Nature versus Humanity: Communist Theory Engels
"Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us."

Marx: Influence of Philosophy, Power of Change

Marx: Influence of Philosophy, Power of Change
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it."

Political Economics: Karl Marx History Analysis

Political Economics: Karl Marx History Analysis
"Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity."

Environment, Marx and Industry

Environment, Marx and Industry
"The development of civilization and industry ...has always [been] so active in the destruction of forests that everything ...done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant..."

Karl Marx Communism Religion Opiate Masses

Karl Marx Communism Religion Opiate Masses
"Religion is the opiate of the masses." (Karl Marx)

Work Revolution: Union of Workers Karl Marx

Work Revolution: Union of Workers Karl Marx
"Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains." (Karl Marx, 1818 - 1883)

Reality Truth Metaphysics British Idealism Bradley

Reality Truth Metaphysics British Idealism Bradley
"...to understand by Metaphysics an attempt to know reality as against mere appearance, ...the effort to comprehend the universe, not simply piecemeal or by fragments, but somehow as a whole."

Friedrich Nietzsche: Great Minds are Skeptical

Friedrich Nietzsche: Great Minds are Skeptical
"Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical." (Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844 - 1900)

Friedrich Nietzsche Christianity Morality Religion

Friedrich Nietzsche Christianity Morality Religion
"In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point."

Philosopher Nietzsche: Joy of a Dangerous Life

Philosopher Nietzsche: Joy of a Dangerous Life
"Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!"

Individual / Group Insanity: Nietzsche and Society

Individual / Group Insanity: Nietzsche and Society
"In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule."

Nihilism: Vanity God and Nietzsche

Nihilism: Vanity God and Nietzsche
"What if God were not exactly truth, ...? And if he were instead the vanity, the desire for power, the ambitions, the fear, and the enraptured and terrified folly of mankind?"

Friedrich Nietzsche: Monsters, Gaze into Abyss

Friedrich Nietzsche: Monsters, Gaze into Abyss
"Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you."

Nietzsche German Philosophy Love & Madness

Nietzsche German Philosophy Love & Madness
"There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness."

Friedrich Nietzsche: Women as Dangerous Plaything

Friedrich Nietzsche: Women as Dangerous Plaything
"The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything."

Arthur Schopenhauer on Thinking New Thoughts

Arthur Schopenhauer on Thinking New Thoughts
"The task is not so much to see what no one yet has seen, but to think what no body yet has thought about that which everyone sees." (Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788 - 1860).

Schopenhauer: Few Wise / Majority Fools

Schopenhauer: Few Wise / Majority Fools
"The wise have always said the same things, and fools, who are the majority have always done just the opposite."

Arthur Schopenhauer: Three Stages of Truth

Arthur Schopenhauer: Three Stages of Truth
"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

German Philosopher: Arthur Schopenhauer on Truth

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

Georg Hegel: Lessons of History

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

Enlightenment Philosophy: Moral Law Immanuel Kant

Enlightenment Philosophy: Moral Law Immanuel Kant
"Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe - the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me." Immanuel Kant (1724 - 1804)

Universal Law and Life: German Philosopher Kant

Universal Law and Life: German Philosopher Kant
"Live your life as though your every act were to become a universal law."

Immanuel Kant: Reason, Duty of Philosophy

Immanuel Kant: Reason, Duty of Philosophy
"It is the duty of philosophy to destroy the illusions which had their origin in misconceptions, whatever darling hopes and valued expectations may be ruined by its explanations." (Kant)

Skepticism and Beauty: David Hume

Skepticism and Beauty: David Hume
"Beauty is no quality in things themselves. It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them."

David Hume: Christian Religion / Miracles

David Hume: Christian Religion / Miracles
"The Christian religion not only was at first attended with miracles, but even at this day cannot be believed by any reasonable person without one."

David Hume: Genius of Philosophy

David Hume: Genius of Philosophy
" .. the genius of philosophy, if carefully cultivated by several, must gradually diffuse itself throughout the whole society, and bestow a similar correctness on every art and calling." (Hume)

Age of Enlightenment: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Age of Enlightenment: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
"The curses of rogues are the just man's glory."

Rousseau: Man is Born Free

Rousseau: Man is Born Free
"Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains."

George Berkeley: 'Esse est percipi'

George Berkeley: 'Esse est percipi'
"Esse est percipi (To be is to be perceived)."

George Berkeley: Idealism & Mind

George Berkeley: Idealism & Mind
"All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth - in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world - have not any subsistence without a mind."

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism & Justice

John Stuart Mill: Utilitarianism & Justice
"As long as justice and injustice exist, human beings must be willing to do battle for the one against the other."

Truth Existentialism: Soren Kierkegaard

Truth Existentialism: Soren Kierkegaard
"The Truth shall set ye free, but first it shall make ye miserable."

Opinion and John Locke: Resistance to Change

Opinion and John Locke: Resistance to Change
"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."

John Locke: Law of Love, Social Liberty

John Locke: Law of Love, Social Liberty
"To love our neighbour as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality."

Moral Philosophy John Locke: Morality & Reason

Moral Philosophy John Locke: Morality & Reason
"There cannot any one moral Rule be propos'd, whereof a Man may not justly demand a Reason."

Gottfried Leibniz: Metaphysics Reality

Gottfried Leibniz: Metaphysics Reality
"Reality can not be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another." (Leibniz, 1646 - 1716)

French Philosopher Rene Descartes on Doubt

French Philosopher 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."

Rene Descartes: I Think therefore I Am

Rene Descartes: I Think therefore I Am
"(Cogito ergo sum) I think, therefore I am, was so certain and of such evidence, that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the skeptics capable of shaking it, ..."

Rene Descartes: Skepticism, New Foundations

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

Baruch Spinoza: Understanding Nature of Humans

Baruch Spinoza: Understanding Nature of Humans
"I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them."

Moral Philosophy & Reason: Spinoza on Love

Moral Philosophy & Reason: Spinoza on Love
"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."

Benedict de Spinoza Excellent Ethics

Benedict de Spinoza Excellent Ethics
"All excellent things are difficult as they are rare." (Benedict de Spinoza, Ethics, 1632 - 1677)

Philosophy Bruno: Truth Freedom of Thought

Philosophy Bruno: Truth Freedom of Thought
"Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people."

Montaigne: Popular Opinion & Truth Reason

Montaigne: Popular Opinion & Truth Reason
"We should be similarly wary of accepting common opinions; we should judge them by the ways of reason not by popular vote."

Michel de Montaigne: Power of Mind

Michel de Montaigne: Power of Mind
"It is the mind that maketh good or ill, That maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor."

Thomas Hobbes: Hell Truth Too Late

Thomas Hobbes: Hell Truth Too Late
"Hell is Truth Seen Too Late" (Thomas Hobbes, Political Philosopher, 1588 - 1679)

Thomas Hobbes: Political Philosophy / War Quotes

Thomas Hobbes: Political Philosophy / War Quotes
"During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition called war, and such a war, as if of every man, against every man .." (Hobbes)

Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince Political Theory

Niccolo Machiavelli: The Prince Political Theory
"There is nothing more difficult to plan, ...than the creation of a new system. The innovator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old system and only lukewarm defenders ..."



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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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