86 Top Philosophical Quotes about Life

Thoughtful Quotes about Life

Life is a precious gift given by God. Everyone has their own motives and goals in life. Some live the life with practical thinking whereas some with philosophical thought. It’s an individual’s own way of living it. Here are some of the philosophical quotes about life listed.

Philosophical Quotes

  1. “Don’t live your life through what ifs, live it with I knows.” – Marco Zuniga
  2. “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates
  3. “Your Life is a series of moments in ‘now’. The better you make your ‘now’ the better your life.” – Karen Salmansohn
  4. “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
  5. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the lights.” – Albus Dumbledore
  6. “The life of man (in a state of nature) is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” – Thomas Hobbes
  7. “Intelligence without ambition is a Bird without wings.” – Salvador Dali
  8. “I think therefore I am” – René Descartes
  9. “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha
  10. “He who thinks great thoughts, often makes great errors” – Martin Heidegger
  11. “To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong.” – Joseph Chilton Pearce
  12. “We live in the best of all possible worlds” – Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
  13. “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” – Oprah Winfrey
  14. “What is rational is actual and what is actual is rational” – G. W. F. Hegel
  15. “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.” – Qscar Wilde
  16. “God is dead! He remains dead! And we have killed him.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  17. “Being deeply loved gives you strength; loving deeply gives you courage.” – Lao Tzu
  18. “There is but one truly serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide” – Albert Camus
  19. “There are far better things ahead that we leave behind.” – C. S Lewis
  20. “One cannot step twice in the same river” – Heraclitus
  21. “I wish I could show you when you are lonely… or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being.” – Hafez
  22. “The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation” – Jeremy Bentham
  23. “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – Aristotle
  24. “To be is to be perceived” (“Esse est percipi”) – Bishop George Berkeley
  25. “Every situation no matter how challenging, conspiring to bring you into greater vibrational energy. Will you receive it?” – Panache Desai
  26. “Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination” – Immanuel Kant
  27. “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talent, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” – Sophia Loren
  28. “No man’s knowledge here can go beyond his experience” – John Locke
  29. “Ride the energy of your own unique spirit.” – Gabrielle Roth
  30. “God is not willing to do everything, and thus take away our free will and that share of glory which belongs to us” – Niccolo Machiavelli
  31. “The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.” – Oscar Wilde
  32. “Liberty consists in doing what one desires” – John Stuart Mill
  33. “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance” – Socrates
  34. “It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true” – Bertrand Russell
  35. “Leisure is the mother of philosophy” – Thomas Hobbes
  36. “Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
  37. “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him” – Voltaire
  38. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” – Aristotle
  39. “This is patently absurd; but whoever wishes to become a philosopher must learn not to be frightened by absurdities” – Bertrand Russell
  40. “Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me” – G. W. F. Hegel
  41. “One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another” – René Descartes
  42. “Life must be understood backward. But it must be lived forward” – Søren Kierkegaard
  43. “Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck” – Immanuel Kant
  44. “There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers” – William James
  45. “Happiness is the highest good” – Aristotle
  46. “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” – Plato
  47. “The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone” – John Locke
  48. “Is man merely a mistake of God’s? Or God merely a mistake of man’s?” – Friedrich Nietzsche
  49. “Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don’t know” – Bertrand Russell
  50. “Religion is the sign of the oppressed … it is the opium of the people” – Karl Marx
  51. “Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly” – Francis Bacon
  52. “History is Philosophy teaching by examples” – Thucydides
  53. “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god” – Aristotle
  54. “Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits” – William James
  55. “The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it” – Epicurus
  56. “If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin
  57. “Man is condemned to be free” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  58. “I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell
  59. “Whatever is reasonable is true, and whatever is true is reasonable” – G. W. F. Hegel
  60. “I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure it is not in order to enjoy ourselves” – Ludwig Wittgenstein
  61. “If men were born free, they would, so long as they remained free, form no conception of good and evil” – Baruch Spinoza
  62. “That man is wisest who, like Socrates, realizes that his wisdom is worthless” – Plato
  63. “Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  64. “Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness” – Immanuel Kant
  65. “All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds” – Voltaire
  66. “It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to out him in possession of truth” – John Locke
  67. “Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest” – Denis Diderot
  68. “I can control my passions and emotions if I can understand their nature” – Spinoza
  69. “The only thing I know is that I know nothing” – Socrates
  70. “It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence” – W. K. Clifford
  71. “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the on who prays” – Søren Kierkegaard
  72. “The mind is furnished with ideas by experience alone” – John Locke
  73. “If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” – René Descartes
  74. “Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire” – Epictetus
  75. “Happiness lies in virtuous activity, and perfect happiness lies in the best activity, which is contemplative” – Aristotle
  76. “In everything, there is a share of everything” – Anaxagoras
  77. “Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it” – Karl Marx
  78. “Man is the measure of all things” – Protagoras
  79. “Everything that exists is born for no reason, carries on living through weakness, and dies by accident” – Jean-Paul Sartre
  80. “The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures” – Democritus
  81. “We are too weak to discover the truth by reason alone” – St. Augustine
  82. “Good and evil, reward and punishment, are the only motives to a rational creature” – John Locke
  83. “A little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion” – Sir Francis Bacon
  84. “You just listen to your own heart. That is your only teacher.” – Osho
  85. “To do as one would be done by, and to love one’s neighbour as oneself, constitute the ideal perfection of utilitarian morality” – John Stuart Mill
  86. “The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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