Philosophy--The Ultimate Quotation Collection

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Philosophy—The Ultimate Quotation Collection


21 Page Essay—How to Effectively Use Quotations in Your Classroom ©

90 Page Quotation Collection on Philosophy

This 90 page quotation collection contains the most interesting, thought-provoking, and useful quotations on Philosophy. A unique collection presenting only pertinent and straightforward quotes that address all aspects of Philosophy, this set of quotations includes the classic quotes as well as quotes carefully chosen from primary sources with particular attention given to quotes from women and minorities. In addition to the wisdom and guidance quotes provide, the quotations in this collection function particularly well in displays, presentations, speeches, research, students’ papers, and classroom lessons and discussions. Teachers using quotations as a lesson component directly address the Common Core Standards by facilitating critical thinking and promoting skills such as analyzing, inferencing, paraphrasing, and comparing and contrasting.

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Sample Quotes on Philosophy:

Philosophy is the microscope of thought.

--Victor Hugo

Here is the beginning of philosophy: a recognition of the conflicts between men, a search for their cause, a condemnation of mere opinion...and the discovery of a standard of judgment.


All definite...knowledge belongs to science; all dogma as to what surpasses definite knowledge belongs to theology. But between theology and science there is a No Man’s Land, exposed to attack from both sides. This No Man’s Land is philosophy.

--Bertrand Russell

The pre-Socratics, including Thales, Parmenides, and Heraclitus, were the first philosophers. Although their views were sometimes naive, they raised some of the basic questions with which we still struggle.

—Manuel Velasquez and Vincent Barry

There is an enormous need for philosophies to be rethought in the light of the changing conditions of mankind.

--Alfred North Whitehead

Whence? Whither? Why? How?—These questions cover all philosophy.

—Joseph Joubert

I have tried too in my time to be a philosopher; but, I don’t know how; cheerfulness was always breaking in.

--Oliver Edwards

Socrates neither set out benches for his students, nor sat on a platform, nor set hours for his lecture. He was philosophizing all the time—while he was joking, while he was drinking, while he was soldiering, whenever he met you on the street, and at the end when he was in prison and drinking the poison. He was the first to show that all your life, all the time, in everything you do, whatever you are doing, is the time for philosophy.


Philosophy is a bully that talks very loud, when the danger is at a distance; but the moment she is hard pressed by the enemy, she is not to be found at her post, but leaves the brunt of the battle to be borne by her humbler but steadier comrade, religion.

—Charles Caleb Colton

What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise—although the philosophers generally call it ‘recognition’!

--William James

Hegel set out his philosophy with so much obscurity that people thought it must be profound.

--Bertrand Russell

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied on to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.

--William James

Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant.

--Bertrand Russell

Philosophy traditionally has been nothing less than the attempt to ask and answer, in a formal and disciplined way, the great questions of life that ordinary men put to themselves in reflective moments.

Time Magazine

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