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    philosopher Quotes

    I'm the company philosopher and the burr in the saddle. I'm the one who says we need to try harder, improve the quality of our products, become a part of the political process, help elect people who are good for the environment.
    — Yvon Chouinard
    Children are the boldest philosophers. They enter life naked, not covered by the smallest fig leaf of dogma, absolutes, creeds. This is why every question they ask is so absurdly naïve and so frighteningly complex.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Philosophers of genius, children, and the people are equally wise - because they ask equally foolish questions. Foolish to a civilized man who has a well-furnished European apartment with an excellent toilet and a well-furnished dogma.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Children are the only brave philosophers. And brave philosophers are, inevitably, children.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    Theoretical scientists who probe the secrets of the universe and philosophers who seek answers to existence, as well as painters such as Paul Klee who find the thoughts of men of science compatible with art, influence me far more than most photographers.
    — Wynn Bullock
    Jefferson's Declaration of Independence is a practical document for the use of practical men. It is not a thesis for philosophers, but a whip for tyrants; it is not a theory of government but a program of action.
    — Woodrow Wilson
    You got this new breed of hipster chicks and hipster men that don't understand anything about sacrifice. They didn't lay it on the line. People like Cat Power, Tom Waits, they are the last of the beats, the real true philosophers.
    — Willis Earl Beal
    they go and set up free-will with the heathen philosophers and say that a man's free will is the cause why God chooseth and not another, contrary to all scriptures.
    — William Tyndale
    tags: god  philosopher 
    If you make a product good enough... the public will make a path to your door, says the philosopher. But if you want the public in sufficient numbers, you would better construct a highway. Advertising is that highway.
    — William Randolph Hearst
    tags: philosopher  path 
    Work is the open sesame of every portal, the great equalizer in the world, the true philosopher's stone which transmutes all the base metal of humanity into gold.
    — William Osler
    There is a form of laughter that springs from the heart, heard every day in the merry voice of childhood, the expression of a laughter - loving spirit that defies analysis by the philosopher, which has nothing rigid or mechanical in it, and totally without social significance. Bubbling spontaneously from the heart of child or man. Without egotism and full of feeling, laughter is the music of life.
    — William Osler
    The words 'theory' and 'practice' are of Greek origin; they carry our thoughts back to the ancient philosophers by whom they were contrived, and by whom they were also contrasted and placed in opposition, as denoting two mutually conflicting and mutually inconsistent ideas. ... [this fallacy] based on a double system of natural laws retarded for centuries the development of physical science, notably mechanics.
    — William John Macquorn Rankine
    I profess to learn and to teach anatomy not from books but from dissections, not from the tenets of Philosophers but from the fabric of Nature.
    — William Harvey
    I am not a theologian or a philosopher. I am a story teller.
    — William Golding
    No battle is ever won ... victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.
    — William Faulkner
    The simple record of these three short years of active life has done more to regenerate and soften mankind than all the discourses of philosophers and all the exhortations of moralists.
    — William Edward Hartpole Lecky
    Learning itself, received into a mindBy nature weak, or viciously inclined,Serves but to lead philosophers astray,Where children would with ease discern the way.
    — William Cowper
    Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be writing, to be a poet unless some philosophic stinker gave him permission.
    — William Carlos Williams
    Philosophy abounds more than philosophers, and learning more than learned men.
    — William Benton Clulow
    The philosopher cannot seriously put to himself questions that his civilization has not lived.
    — William Barrett
    The word 'abstract' comes from the light tower of the philosophers. One of their spotlights that they have particularly focused on 'Art'. [Abstraction was] not so much what you could paint but rather what you could not paint. You could not paint a house or a tree or a mountain. It was then that subject matter came into existence as something you ought not have.
    — Willem de Kooning
    Students of the heavens are separable into astronomers and astrologers as readily as the minor domestic ruminants into sheep and goats, but the separation of philosophers into sages and cranks seems to be more sensitive to frames of reference.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: sage  philosopher  heaven 
    We must not leap to the fatalistic conclusion that we are stuck with the conceptual scheme that we grew up in. We can change it, bit by bit, plank by plank, though meanwhile there is nothing to carry us along but the evolving conceptual scheme itself. The philosopher's task was well compared by Neurath to that of a mariner who must rebuild his ship on the open sea.
    — Willard Van Orman Quine
    tags: philosopher 
    One afternoon late in October of the year 1697, Euclide Auclair, the philosopher apothecary of Quebec, stood on the top of Cap Diamant gazing down the broad, empty river far beneath him.
    — Willa Cather
    tags: philosopher  year 
    As a kid you learn that there are thinkers and there are philosophers and there are theologian, and I'd hear little bits of the ideas that these people pursued or developed or created and I'd be really excited. Then I'll start to read it and I think, "Wait a minute, this is a rabbit hole. This isn't a gateway or a ticket to anything except itself."
    — Will Oldham
    The only real revolution is in the enlightenment of the mind and the improvement of character, the only real emancipation is individual, and the only real revolutionists are philosophers and saints.
    — Will Durant
    Take time for good books; time to absorb the thoughts of poets and philosophers, seers and prophets.
    — Wilferd Peterson
    .. the word ecology, coined by the German biologist and philosopher Ernst Haeckel (initially as oecology) in 1866. derives from the Greek oikos, "referring originally to the family household and its daily operations and maintenance." The term ecology is therefore intended to refer to the study of the conditions of existence that pertain to, and the interactions between, all the entities that make up our larger, cosmic household here upon earth.
    — Warwick Fox
    Do not Christians and Heathens, and Jews and Gentiles, and poets and philosophers, unite in allowing the starry influences?
    — Walter Scott
    A true philosopher is beyond the reach of fortune.
    — Walter Savage Landor
    tags: true  philosopher 
    When philosophers try to be politicians they generally cease to be philosophers.
    — Walter Lippmann
    tags: philosopher 
    Philosopher Bertrand Russell suggested that 'Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.' And, it was Albert Einstein who explained, 'Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.' So which is it - stupidity, ignorance or insanity - that explains the behavior of my fellow Americans who call for greater government involvement in our lives?
    — Walter E. Williams
    But of all nations in the world the English are perhaps the least a nation of pure philosophers.
    — Walter Bagehot
    tags: world  philosopher 
    Perhaps it is of more value to infuriate philosophers than to go along with them.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: value  philosopher 
    The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
    — Wallace Stevens
    In a world of universal povertyThe philosophers alone will be fatAgainst the autumn windsIn an autumn that will be perpetual.
    — Wallace Stevens
    tags: world  alone  philosopher 
    Funest philosophers and ponderers,Their evocations are the speech of clouds.
    — Wallace Stevens
    For other great mathematicians or philosophers, he [Gauss] used the epithets magnus, or clarus, or clarissimus; for Newton alone he kept the prefix summus.
    — W. W. Rouse Ball
    tags: alone  philosopher 
    Otherwise, all I remember of the denizens of the Nocturama is that several of them had strikingly large eyes, and the fixed inquiring gaze found in certain painters and philosophers who seek to penetrate the darkness which surrounds us purely by means of looking and thinking.
    — W. G. Sebald
    In this land of unlimited opportunity, a place where, to paraphrase Woody Allen, any man or woman can realize greatness as a patient or as a doctor, we have only one commercial American filmmaker who consistently speaks with his own voice. That is Woody Allen, gag writer, musician, humorist, philosopher, playwright, stand-up comic, film star, film writer and film director.
    — Vincent Canby
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