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.
You may be able to read Bernard Shaw’s plays, you may be able to quote Shakespeare or Voltaire or some new philosopher; but if you in yourself are not intelligent, if you are not creative, what is the point of this education?
The impulse of the journalist is to be novel, yet to relate his curiosities to the urgencies of the moment; the philosopher seeks what he conceives to be true, regardless of the moment.
To have no time for philosophy is to be a true philosopher.
A man who leaves home to mend himself and others is a philosopher; but he who goes from country to country, guided by the blind impulse of curiosity, is a vagabond.
The man of science, the artist, the philosopher are attached to their nations as much as the day-laborer and the merchant.
I want to be remembered as a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played.
The heart hid still in the dark, hard as the Philosopher’s Stone.