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


'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 Poets & Metaphysical Poetry

We hope you enjoy our gallery of Poets, Writers and Philosophers. Our collection includes beautiful portraits and quotes from Charles Baudelaire, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Thomas Moore, Goethe, William Wordsworth, William Shakespeare and Lucretius. These great minds have inspired us with their truth, beauty and creativity. We hope they inspire you too!

But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
(Lord Byron)

For no matter what dull clay we seemed to be before, we are every one of us a poet when we are in love. (Plato)

Friedrich Nietzsche: Philosopher / Master of Prose

Friedrich Nietzsche: Philosopher / Master of Prose
"Was it not for you the glacier today exchanged its grey for roses? ...For you have I prepared my table ... who lives so near the stars as I, or who so near the depths of the abyss?"

Baudelaire French Poetry: Opium and Women

Baudelaire French Poetry: Opium and Women
"...an old and terrible friend, and, alas! like them all, full of caresses and deceptions." (Baudelaire, comparing opium to women)

American Romantic Poets Edgar Allan Poe

American Romantic Poets Edgar Allan Poe
"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. Its sole arbiter is Taste."

English Romantic Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley

English Romantic Poets: Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted."

The Masque of Anarchy: Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Masque of Anarchy: Percy Bysshe Shelley
"Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay."

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Metaphysics Poetry

Samuel Taylor Coleridge Metaphysics Poetry
"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 ... (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772 - 1834)

Thomas Moore: Lyrics, Poetry and Eternal Life

Thomas Moore: Lyrics, Poetry and Eternal Life
"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity."

Irish Poet Thomas Moore: Passage of Death

Irish Poet Thomas Moore: Passage of Death
"And soon, too soon, we part with pain, To sail o'er silent seas again."

William Wordsworth: Poetry Emotion Tranquillity

William Wordsworth: Poetry Emotion Tranquillity
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity."

English Romantic Movement: Wordsworth on Nature

English Romantic Movement: Wordsworth on Nature
"Come forth into the light of things, Let Nature be your teacher."

Poet Goethe: Clear Thought / Noble Soul

Poet Goethe: Clear Thought / Noble Soul
"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."

Sonnets on Love & Beauty: Shakespeare's Juliet

Sonnets on Love & Beauty: Shakespeare's Juliet
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date." (Sonnet 18)

Poetry / Philosophy of Rome: Lucretius

Poetry / Philosophy of Rome: Lucretius
"The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied."


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