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"A little philosophy inclineth men's minds to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion." I've usually seen it thus: "A little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds to religion." Which is correct? 22:55, 12 August 2010 (UTC)

I have not checked the source, but the Francis Bacon page has it as "inclineth man's mind." ~ Ningauble 15:20, 13 August 2010 (UTC)


  • "Judging whether life is or is not worth living amounts to answering the fundamental question of philosophy. All the rest--whether or not the world has three dimensions, whether the mind has nine or twelve categories--comes afterward. These are games; one must first answer." ~ Albert Camus
  • People often say to me,
    I understand what you are talking about intellectually, but I don't really feel it, I don't realize it,
    and I am apt to reply,
    "I wonder whether you do understand it intellectually, because if you did, you would also feel it." ~ Alan Watts
  • "Philosophy studies the fundamental nature of existence, of man, and of man's relationship to existence. In the realm of cognition, the special sciences are the trees, but philosophy is the soil which makes the forest possible." ~ Ayn Rand
  • "Science is what we know and philosophy is what we don't know." ~ Bertrand Russell
  • "What is your aim in philosophy? To show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle." ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • "Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex." ~ Karl Marx
  • "In pornography philosophers are called virgin voyeurs. They like to watch and criticize as an expert, but have never even had sex themselves" ~ Kevin Warwick
  • "Philosophy is the peculiarly stubborn attempt to think clearly." ~ William James
  • "Philosophy, n. A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing." ~ Ambrose Bierce
  • "Shallow thoughts can be deep, when emphasized properly." ~ Josh Duerrstein
  • "True philosophy is that which renders us to ourselves, and all others who surround us, better, and at the same time more content, more patient, more calm and more ready for all decent and pure enjoyment." ~ Lavater
  • "Philosophy abounds more than philosophers, and learning more than learned men." ~ W.B. Clulow
  • "The road to true philosophy is precisely the same with that which leads to true religion; and from both the one and the other, unless we would enter in as little children, we must expect to be totally excluded." ~ Bacon
  • "Philosophy is the art and law of life, and it teaches us what to do in all cases, and, like good marksmen, to hit the white at any distance." ~ Seneca
  • "Whence? whither? why? how?—these questions cover all philosophy." ~ Joseph Joubert
  • "I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law." ~ Aristotle
  • "Philosophy is just like art, it's not supposed to be dumb, stupid and senseless but people make it that way." ~ Anonymous
  • "Philosophy has become the stuff of airport lounges instead of the Sorbonne." ~ Kate Muir, Times columnist.
  • "Being a philosopher, I have a problem for every solution." ~ Robert Zend
  • "Philosophy: unintelligible answers to insoluble problems." ~ Henry Adams
  • "Life is an urge of the Universe to understand itself." ~ N S Dhami
  • "Philosophy—the purple bullfinch in the lilac tree." ~ T. S. Eliot
  • "I believe that in actual fact, philosophy ranks before and above the natural sciences." ~ Thomas Mann
  • "Philosophy is useless, Theology is worse." ~ Mark Knopfler in the song Industrial Disease
  • "Philosophy is like a damp wash cloth. You wonder who used it before you.... and where." ~ Christine McWilliams

Merge Definitions of philosophy here[edit]

Some time ago it was proposed to merge Definitions of philosophy here. I support this proposal. -- Mdd (talk) 13:56, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Article is now merged here. -- Mdd (talk) 18:06, 21 May 2014 (UTC)