He was a dreamer, a thinker, a speculative philosopher... or, as his wife would have it, an idiot.
A man who is furnished with arguments from the mint will convince his antagonist much sooner than one who draws them from reason and philosophy.
I will not allow the Athenians to sin twice against philosophy.
During the uprisings against Macedonian rule that followed the death of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C.E., Alexander’s former tutor, Aristotle, escaped Athens saying this. Appeared in the article, "What Is a Pholosopher?", on May 16th 2010 in New York Times, http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/16/what-is-a-philosopher/.
A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
A true friend is one soul in two bodies.
Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
He who hath many friends hath none.
Poetry is more philosophical and of higher value than history; for poetry tends to express the universal, history the particular.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
Knowledge is power.
Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
They say that "Knowledge is power;" -- I used to think so; but I now know that they meant "money:" and when Socrates declared, "that all he knew was, that he knew nothing," he merely intended to declare , that he had not a drachm in the Athenian world.
Letter, February 6, 1822
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.
The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.
Greek philosopher Quoted in: Hippocrates, On The Universe, aph.41.
Leisure is the Mother of Philosophy.
The solemn scepticism of science has replaced the sneering doubts of witty philosophers. The more positive knowledge we gain, the more we incline to question all that has been received without absolute proof.
Currents and counter-currents in medical science: With other addresses and essays
One can resist the invasion of armies; one cannot resist the invasion of ideas.
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Most human beings have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me.
Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
The Measure of a Man, 1958
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
The only way to truly conquer something, as every great philosopher and geneticist will tell you, is to love it.
Born to Run
Not by wrath does one kill, but by laughter
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
I would not know what the spirit of a philosopher might wish more to be than a good dancer.
The Gay Science
Nobody dies nowadays of fatal truths: there are too many antidotes to them.
What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.
A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
Philosophy is a kind of journey, ever learning yet never arriving at the ideal perfection of truth.
Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
A Dream Within A Dream
The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.
It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.
What reason, like the careful ant, draws laboriously together, the wind of accident sometimes collects in a moment.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851)
By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
One word frees us all of the weight and pain of life. That word is Love.
The mind's highest good is the knowledge of God, and the mind's highest virtue is to know God.
The philosophy which affects to teach us a contempt of money does not run very deep.
Notes from Life (1847)
There is no philosopher in the world so great but he believes a million things on the faith of other people and accepts a great many more truths than he demonstrates.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
Process and Reality, p. 39, Free Press, 1979
The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
This is how philosophers should salute each other: ‘Take your time.'
Ah, yes, but as the philosopher Jagger once said, 'You can't always get what you want.'
House, Pilot. By Dr. Gregory House.