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The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries.

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) French mathematician, physicist and philosopher.

The proper method of philosophy consists in clearly conceiving the insoluble problems in all their insolubility and then in simply contemplating them, fixedly and tirelessly, year after year, without any hope, patiently waiting.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

Philosophy is the product of wonder.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English mathematician.

Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) English mathematician.

The real discovery is the one which enables me to stop doing philosophy when I want to. -- The one that gives philosophy peace, so that it is no longer tormented by questions which bring itself into question.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

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Philosophy is like trying to open a safe with a combination lock: each little adjustment of the dials seems to achieve nothing, only when everything is in place does the door open.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

It is one of the chief skills of the philosopher not to occupy himself with questions which do not concern him.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.

Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Austrian-British philosopher.

Englishmen are babes in philosophy and so prefer faction-fighting to the labor of its unfamiliar thought.

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) Irish poet, and playwright.

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