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Philosophical Quotes in English 2020

Philosophical Quotes in English 2020




1. "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton

2. “By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates

3. "People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy." - Tony Robbins

4. "There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try, and those who are afraid you will succeed."  - Ray Goforth

5. "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough." - Og Mandino

6. “I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.” – Socrates

7. “To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.” – Socrates

8. “A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” – Socrates

9. “Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.”

10. “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates
 
11. “Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of – for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”

12. “Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”

13. “The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”

14. “If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

15. “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

16. “If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

17. “Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.” – Socrates

18. “Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.”

19. Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.”

20. “By all means marry. If you get a good spouse you’ll become happy, while if you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates

21. “The triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble true birth.”

22. One day the people that don’t even believe in you will tell everyone how they met you. – Johnny Depp

23. “No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.”

24. "A sound mind in a sound body, is a short, but full description of a happy state in this World: he that has these two, has little more to wish for; and he that wants either of them, will be little the better for anything else."

25. “It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.”

26. Determine your priorities and focus on them. – Eileen McDargh

27. Have enough courage to start and enough heart to finish. – Jessica N. S. Yourko

28. The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. – Nelson Henderson

29. Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got. – R. Brault

30. "The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom."

31. "Our incomes are like our shoes; if too small, they gall and pinch us; but if too large, they cause us to stumble and to trip."

32. Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.

33. "We are like chameleons, we take our hue and the color of our moral character, from those who are around us."

34. "To love our neighbor as ourselves is such a truth for regulating human society, that by that alone one might determine all the cases in social morality."

35. “God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us” – Niccolo Machiavelli

36. "All mankind... being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions."

37. “This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities” – Bertrand Russell

38. “It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true” – Bertrand Russell

39. "It is of great use to the sailor to know the length of his line, though he cannot with it fathom all the depths of the ocean."

40. "Our deeds disguise us. People need endless time to try on their deeds, until each knows the proper deeds for him to do. But every day, every hour, rushes by. There is no time."

41. “The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation” – Jeremy Bentham

42. “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest” – Denis Diderot

43. “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays” – Søren Kierkegaard

44. “There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers” – William James

45. “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

46. “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward ” – Søren Kierkegaard

47. “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god” – Aristotle

48. “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” – mistakenly attributed to Edmund Burke

49. “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth” – John Locke

50. “Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck” – Immanuel Kant

51. “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” – René Descartes

52. “Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident” – Jean-Paul Sartre

53. “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness” – Immanuel Kant

54. “A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion” – Sir Francis Bacon

55. “Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative” – Aristotle

56. “To do as one would be done by, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality” – John Stuart Mill

57. “It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” – W. K. Clifford

58. “The outer world is a reflection of the inner world. Other people’s perception of you is a reflection of them; your response to them is an awareness of you.”

59. “Focus on making yourself better, not on thinking that you are better.”

60. “Most of us must learn to love people and use things rather than loving things and using people.”
? Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

61. “Will having a newborn distract from the time we have together?" she asked. "Don't you think saying goodbye to your child will make your death more painful?"

62. “Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up.”

63. “Don't wait for the right moment to start, start and make each moment right.”
? Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
 
64. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.”-Bertrand Russell

65. “Happiness is the feeling that power increases — that resistance is being overcome.”-Friedrich Nietzsche

66. “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.”

67. . Instead of always indulging in your desires, you need limits on those desires to be truly happy.

68. “What other people think and say about you is none of your business. The most destructive thing you would ever do is to believe someone else's opinion of you. You have to stop letting other people's opinions control you.”

69. “You were not born on earth to please anyone; you have to live life to express yourself, not to impress someone. Don't pretend to be someone you're not, and never lose yourself in search of other people's acceptance and approval.”

70. “Count your blessings, not your problems. Count your own blessings, not someone else's. Remember that jealousy is when you count someone else's blessings instead of your own.”

71. “It doesn't matter how many people you meet in your life; you just need the real ones who accept you for who you are and help you become who you should be.”

72. “Life is short. Focus on what really matters most. You have to change your priorities over time.”

73. “I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”-John Stuart Mill

74. “Fear robs you of your freedom to make the right choice in life that can bridge the gap between where you are and where you want to be. On the other side of fear, lies freedom. If you want to grow, you need to be brave and take risks. If you're not uncomfortable, you're not growing.”
? Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

75. “Successful people have no fear of failure. But unsuccessful people do. Successful people have the resilience to face up to failure—learn the lessons and adapt from it.”

76. “You are one thing only. You are a divine being. An all-powerful Creator. You are a deity in jeans and a t-shirt, and within you dwells the infinite wisdom of the ages and the sacred creative force of All that is, will be and ever was.”

77. If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”-Lao Tzu

78. “Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”-Henry David Thoreau

79. “The more man mediates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” Confucius

80. “The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”-Seneca

81. They say that when you stop looking for something in life, that’s when it comes to you.

82. “When it is obvious that goals can’t be reached, don’t adjust the goals, but adjust the action steps.”-Confucius

83. “The secret of happiness, you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”-Socrates

84. Life is a learning experience; you might as well surround yourself with some good teachers.

85. “Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”-Confucius

86. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”-Confucius

87. “Give instructions only to those people who seek knowledge after they have discovered their ignorance.”-Confucius
 
88. “No amount of anxiety makes any difference to anything that is going to happen.”-Alan Watts

89. “The more sand had escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.”-Niccolo Machiavelli

90. “No valid plans for the future can be made can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”-Alan Watts

91. “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”-Alan Watts

92. “A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.”- Confucius

93. “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”-Socrates

94. “A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.”- Mahatma Gandhi

95. “Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one's desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus

96. “You only learn when you give your whole being to something.”-J. Krishnamurti

97. “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it” – Epicurus

98. “The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures” – Democritus

99. “I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature” – Spinoza

100. “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness” – Immanuel Kant


1. The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.

2. It's strange how simple things become, once you see them clearly.

3. If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done.

4. Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth. Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.

5. Someone you haven't even met yet is wondering what it'd be like to know someone like you.

6. Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is more intellectual play.

7. One small crack does not mean that you are broken, it means that you were put to the test and you didn't fall apart.

8. I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

9. The trick is to enjoy life. Don't wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.

10. Like a reject and she's always gonna want him but I won't always be waiting. I just hope she finds some good stuff when the bad stuff.

11. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversion.

12. Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

13. They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.

14. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

15. A man who has not passed through the inferno of his passions has never overcome them.

16. One day or day one. You decide.

17. Be as you wish to seem.

18. Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.

19. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

20. I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

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