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The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has killed a great many philosophers.

Denis Diderot (1713-1784) French philosopher.

And new Philosophy calls all in doubt, the element of fire is quite put out; the Sun is lost, and the earth, and no mans wit can well direct him where to look for it.

John Donne (1572-1632) English poet.

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!

Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) British novelist and philosopher.

Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself.

Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956) American journalist, satirist and social critic.

Do not all charms fly at the mere touch of cold philosophy? There was an awful rainbow once in heaven: we know her woof, her texture; she is given in the dull catalogue of common things. Philosophy will clip an angel's wings, conquer all mysteries by rule and line, empty the haunted air, and gnome mine unweave a rainbow.

John Keats (1795-1821) British poet.

Philosophy always requires something more, requires the eternal, the true, in contrast to which even the fullest existence as such is but a happy moment.

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.

If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.

Thomas B. Macaulay (1800-1859) English politician, essayist and poet.

The philosopher must station themselves in the middle.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

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