The best type of yogi is he who feels for others, whether in grief or pleasure, even as he feels for himself.
Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.
Never explain- your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
One of the penalties of refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.
Well, I must endure the presence of a few caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.
My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.
Short + Philosophy quotes ⇑Short Quotes
Many atrocities have been done in the name of the greater good.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
Don't explain your philosophy. Embody it.
The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor.
One must wait until the evening to see how splendid the day has been.
One who has restrained the senses from their objects is firmly established in wisdom.
There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
Life + Philosophy quotes ⇑Life Quotes
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.
This should be your new attitude toward life: no matter what your experiences are, you are going to enjoy them, in the same way, that you enjoy viewing the pleasant or painful experiences of another person in a motion picture.
One of the few good things about modern times: If you die horribly on television, you will not have died in vain. You will have entertained us.
Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I'm not perfect -and I don't live to be- but before you start pointing fingers... make sure you hands are clean!
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives and few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the time.
How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live 'em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give 'em.
There are many things worth living for, a few things worth dying for, and nothing worth killing for.
I started my life with a single absolute: that the world was mine to shape in the image of my highest values and never to be given up to a lesser standard, no matter how long or hard the struggle.
Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being.
Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I've said before, bugs in amber.
No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.
One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away.
You do not write your life with words...You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.
I am not sure that I exist, actually. I am all the writers that I have read, all the people that I have met, all the women that I have loved; all the cities I have visited.
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.
Humor + Philosophy quotes ⇑Humor Quotes
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike.
I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them
On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.
Know thyself? If I knew myself, I'd run away.
A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who believe there are two kinds of people in this world and those who are smart enough to know better.
It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!
If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.
I think I am, therefore, I am... I think.
Inspirational + Philosophy quotes ⇑Inspirational Quotes
Newt Scamander: My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice.
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
To write well, express yourself like the common people, but think like a wise man.
Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.
Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You'd be surprised how far that gets you.
All Philosophy Quotes ⇑
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art.... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
The evil that is in the world almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.
Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
The seed of suffering in you may be strong, but don't wait until you have no more suffering before allowing yourself to be happy.
To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.
In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone."
If you win, you need not have to explain... If you lose, you should not be there to explain!
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge and those who have understanding. The first requires memory and the second philosophy.
To teach how to live without certainty, and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation, is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can still do for those who study it.
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.
The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.
Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
Man is always a prey to his truths. Once he has admitted them, he cannot free himself from them.
Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.
The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.
For those who have conquered the mind, the mind is their friend. For those who have failed to do so, the mind acts like an enemy.
Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.
He is full with contentment who absorbs all desires within, as the brimful ocean remains unmoved by waters entering into it
Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.
The beginning of all beings is veiled, beings manifest in the middle, and unmanifest again on death. Then, why lament this truth?
Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.
The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
The only way we'll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba -- yes Cuba too.
The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.
Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We've been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.
I don't know what's worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you've always wanted to be, and feel alone.
It is the obvious which is so difficult to see most of the time. People say 'It's as plain as the nose on your face.' But how much of the nose on your face can you see, unless someone holds a mirror up to you?
We are all atheists about most of the gods that humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further.
Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it, but the way those atoms are put together.
It is therefore senseless to think of complaining since nothing foreign has decided what we feel, what we live, or what we are.
The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it.
One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, and compassion
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too;!
The more likely we are to assume that the solution comes from the outside, the less likely we are to solve our problems ourselves.
When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.
The ideas of heat & cold, pleasure & pain, are produced by the contact of the senses with their objects. Such ideas are limited by a beginning & an end, they are transitory, bear them with patience
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
If it turns out that there is a God...the worst that you can say about him is that basically he's an underachiever.
To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale.
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
Undoubtedly the mind is fickle and unruly; but by yoga practice and by dispassion, the mind may nevertheless be controlled.
Sense pleasures that arise from contact with the sense objects are ephemeral, they are begetters only of misery. No sage seeks happiness from them.
Just as a fire is covered by smoke, a mirror is masked by dust, and an embryo is concealed by the womb; similarly, one's knowledge gets covered by desire
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
The real question of life after death isn't whether or not it exists, but even if it does what problem this really solves.
Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.
I have gained this by philosophy... I do without being ordered what some are constrained to do by their fear of the law.
The soul is neither born nor does it ever die, having never existed will it ever cease to be. The soul is birthless, eternal, changeless, immortal
If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.
I never found beauty in longing for the impossible and never found the possible to be beyond my reach.
We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
Fair speech may hide a foul heart.
Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.
Devotion to the truth is the hallmark of morality; there is no greater, nobler, more heroic form of devotion than the act of a man who assumes the responsibility of thinking.
Darkness is drawn to light, but light does not know it; light must absorb the darkness and therefore meet its own extinguishment.
The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
That which is a night (of slumber) to all creatures is (luminous) wakefulness to the man of self-mastery. And what is wakefulness to ordinary men, that is a night to the divinely perceptive sage
All activities are carried out by the three modes of material nature. But in ignorance, the soul, deluded by false identification with the body, thinks itself to be the doer.
I don't want to be a tree; I want to be its meaning.
You have to awaken in order to perceive that God is everywhere and to realize that you have been dreaming. All of you are sitting here in this dream, and you are part of the dream
Emotional moviegoers are too intent on beholding motion pictures to notice overhead the picture-causing beam. Similarly, worldly men are too deeply engrossed in God's dream pictures of life to perceive His taintless omnipresent Beam that is the sole Creator, the only Doer.
The moment we cry in a film is not when things are sad but when they turn out to be more beautiful than we expected them to be.
I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.
You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.
I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people-to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa
I don't want people to think that they can attain realization simply by listening to others or by reading books. They must practice what they read and hear.
Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.
Free yourself from the triple qualities (Sattva, Rajas, Tamas) and from the pairs of opposites, eternally fixed in the truth, harboring no thoughts of receiving and keeping, be settled in the self
I am my world.