Philosophical Quotes and Lines
"Cogito, Ergo Sum"
Descartes's Cogito is probably the most famous quote in philosophy: what does it mean?
Philosophical Quotes on Possibility
Possibility is one of my favorite topics. Here is a collection of quotes I have grown to appreciate over the years.
Machiavelli's Best Quotes
Niccolò Machiavelli is a central intellectual figure in Renaissance philosophy. Although he worked mainly as a statesman, he was also a notable historian, dramatist, poet, and philosopher. His works contain some of the most memorable quotes in political science. Here follows a selection of those that are most representative for philosophers.
Best Friendship Quotes
What is friendship? How many types of friendship can we recognize and in what degree shall we seek each of them? Several of the greatest philosophers have addressed those questions and neighboring ones. Let’s see some illustrations of their work.
Philosophical Quotes on Catastrophes, Misfortunes, and Compassion
Here is a favorite collection of quotes on catastrophes, misfortunes, and the capacity for compassion, which may be useful especially for those with an interest in ethics, humans passions and desires. Hope you enjoy it and, please, if you have any suggestion, do not hesitate to contact me!
Philosophical Quotes on Pleasure
What is pleasure? Throughout Western philosophy this notion has been understood in a wide variety of ways and has been discussed in relationship to subjects such as truth, the good, and beauty. Here is a selection of quotes on pleasure, divided into two batches.
"God Is Dead"
Learn more about Nietzsche's most famous quote.
Philosophical Quotes on Violence
What is violence? And, accordingly, how should non-violence be understood? While I have written a number of articles on these and related topics, it is useful to look at how philosophers have synthesized their views on violence. Here is a selection of quotes, sorted out into topics.
Philosophical Quotes on Love
What is love? What is the relationship between love and beauty, or love and truth, or love and justice? While I’ve written about those topics, it is refreshing to read poignant quotes on them. Here is a compilation of some favorite passages on love.
Philosophical Quotes on Sex
Sex and gender are among the most debated philosophical topics of the past few decades, and rightly so, as the conceptions of these two notions have changed – I would say matured – extensively. In this piece I shall collect some of the most remarkable statements about sex made by contemporary philosophers. I hope you enjoy them and, if you have any suggestion, please don’t hesitate to send it in.
Philosophical Quotes on Lying
Lying is a complex activity, one that we often blame, despite the fact that several times it may be the best ethical option left to us. While lying can been seen as a threat to civil society, there seem to be several instances in which lying seems the most intuitively moral option. Besides, if a sufficiently broad definition of "lying" is adopted, it seems utterly impossible to escape lies, either because of instances of self-deception or because of the social construction of our persona. In the sequel I compiled some favorite quotes on lying: if you have any additional ones to suggest, please do get in touch!
Philosophical Quotes on Art
How to tell an artwork from what is a work of art is not? What is it that makes an object, or a gesture, a work of art? Those questions lie at the core of Philosophy of Art, a major subfield of Aesthetics. Here is a collection of quotes on the subject.
Lewis Carroll: Philosophical Quotes
British writer and mathematician Lewis Carrol (1832 – 1898) is renown for his wit. In a simple and direct style, Carroll managed to convey some of the most intricate philosophical conundrums, so much so that entire books have been devoted to the philosophical ideas of Carroll’s, such as "Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and...
Philosophical Quotes on Progress
What is progress? Does progress imply some form of improvement? Is progress attainable on this earth? Is progress only technological, or is moral and political progress possible as well? I compiled a list of quotes that reflect on those and cognate questions. If you have more suggestions, please send them in!
Philosophy of Sport: Quotes
There is a great deal of philosophical substance in sport. Any sport, really. From team sports such as football and basketball to individual sports such as tennis and car racing, it is easy to devise a plethora of philosophical issues that span across most philosophical branches. Here is a selection of the most poignant quotes related to sport that highlight its philosophical significance.
Philosophical Quotes on Creativity
Can creativity be defined? Can it be taught? What good is creativity to human beings? In the sequel I collected a number of quotes on the topic. If you have any additional suggestion, please send it in!
Philosophical Quotes on Food
Philosophy of food is an emerging branch in philosophy. Here is a list of quotes that are pertinent to it; if you happen to have additional suggestions, please do send them along!
Philosophical Quotes on Technology
Technology has been the subject of much speculation in philosophy, not simply theoretical philosophy, but also socio-political speculation and the critique of capitalist societies. Yet, is technology intrinsically good or evil? And, what is technology, really? Here is a series of favorite quotes on the topic.
Most Obscure Philosophy Quotes
Philosophers are not always known for their simplicity. Even to make a simple point, a reader may be taken for some convolute route. Here are some notable favorite examples, from classic philosophers or texts.