No philosopher understands his predecessors until he has re-thought their thought in his own contemporary terms.
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
The picture which the philosopher draws of the world is surely not one in which every stroke is necessitated by pure logic.
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
It’s hard for me to imagine a philosopher disconnected from the world, indifferent to the cares of his country, unmoved by poverty, unemployment: I am a committed citizen.
Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings?
If I became a philosopher, if I have so keenly sought this fame for which I’m still waiting, it’s all been to seduce women basically.
Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.
If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.
There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.