Quotes to live by…

The term “philosopher” comes from the Ancient Greek φιλόσοφος (philosophos), which means “lover of wisdom”. Philosophy has been responsible for shaping the world that we know.

Some of the greatest minds focussed upon resolving existential questions about the human condition, leading to works that have resonated with people from creation, in some cases hundreds of years ago, right up until now.

Here’s our list of some famous philosophers quotes. Hope you enjoy!

Feel free to add your favourites that may not be here!


17 Famous Philosophy Quotes


1.”The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein


2.” It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle


3.” Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.” – Democritus


4.” The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.” – G.W.F. Hegel


5.” We live in the best of all possible worlds.” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz


6.”One cannot step twice in the same river.” – Heraclitus


7.” Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato


8.”We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Plato


9.” You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year if conversation.” – Plato


10″As long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace, for as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” – Pythagoras of Samos


11.”I think therefore I am.” – René Descartes


12.”The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates


13.”The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates


14.” Who is also aware of the tremendous risk involved in faith – when he nevertheless makes the leap of faith – this is subjectivity…at its height.” – Søren Kierkegaard


15.”The life of man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” – Thomas Hobbes


16.”Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily.” – William of Ockham


17.”In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started so that the slower must always hold a lead.” – Zeno of Elea