Here are some of our favorite philosophical quotes. Also feel free to check out our collection of philosophy quotes.
Philosophical theories or ideas, as points of view, instruments of criticism, may help us to gather up what might otherwise pass unregarded by us.
You cannot step into the same river twice.
Nature is a book, a letter, a fairy tale (in the philosophical sense) or whatever you want to call it.
~Johann G. Hamann
The obstacle is the path.
Maybe I’m being philosophical and spiritual, but I believe that if you put negative energy out there that that is what will come back.
Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.
It really is a nice theory. The only defect I think it has is probably common to all philosophical theories. It’s wrong.
If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
I feel lucky, happy and philosophical about it all.
If you’re going to tickle, use a feather not a whip.
Compromise and tolerance are magic words. It took me 40 years to become philosophical.
The map is not the territory.
A philosophical problem has the form: I don’t know my way about.
Each forward step we take we leave some phantom of ourselves behind.
~John Lancaster Spalding
Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
To learn something new, take the path that you took yesterday.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.
Some philosophical quotes about happiness:
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
~ Tenzin Gyatso
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
~ Barbara de Angelis
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack.
If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Philosophical Quotes about Success:
Of course there is not formula for success except, perhaps, an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.
~ Arthur Rubinstein
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
~ Maya Angelou
There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.
~ Christopher Morley
Philosophical Quotes about pessimism:
An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?
~ Michel De Saint-Pierre
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
~ Winston Churchill