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Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.

Author: Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918)

Profession: American Historian

The philosopher is like a man fasting in the midst of universal intoxication. He alone perceives the illusion of which all creatures are the willing playthings; he is less duped than his neighbor by his own nature. He judges more sanely, he sees things as they are. It is in this that his liberty consists -- in the ability to see clearly and soberly, in the power of mental record.

Author: Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881)

Profession: Swiss Philosopher, Poet, Critic

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.

Author: St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

Profession: Italian Scholastic Philosopher and Theologian

The traditional disputes of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful.

Author: Sir Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989)

Profession: British Philosopher

We are much beholden to Machiavel and others, that write what men do, and not what they ought to do.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

In it he proves that all things are true and states how the truths of all contradictions may be reconciled physically, such as for example that white is black and black is white; that one can be and not be at the same time; that there can be hills without valleys; that nothingness is something and that everything, which is, is not. But take note that he proves all these unheard-of paradoxes without any fallacious or sophistical reasoning.

Author: Savinien Cyrano De Bergerac (1619-1655)

Profession: French Satirist, Playwright

What is mind? No matter. What is matter? Never mind.

Author: George Berkeley (1685-1753)

Profession: Irish-born British Bishop, Philosopher

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion is called a philosopher.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.

Author: Anita Brookner (1938)

Profession: British Novelist, Art Historian

Look, I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.

Author: Mel Brooks (1926)

Profession: American Actor, Director

Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny.

Author: Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

Profession: British Novelist, Poet

One may summon his philosophy when they are beaten in battle, not till then.

Author: John Burroughs (1837-1921)

Profession: American Naturalist, Author

All philosophies, if you ride them home, are nonsense, but some are greater nonsense than others.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Pythagoras, Locke, Socrates -- but pages might be filled up, as vainly as before, with the sad usage of all sorts of sages, who in his life-time, each was deemed a bore! The loftiest minds outrun their tardy ages.

Author: Lord Byron (1788-1824)

Profession: British Poet