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50 Best Sayings by Great Thinkers and Philosophers to Enlighten your Mind

There are great men, women, and thinkers who from time anon have brought some of the best pieces of advice for the novice. To make them ponder about the meaning and purpose of life. Many follow their footsteps, a few revere their knowledge, while others are simply in awe of their work.

So here are 50 best quotes by great thinkers and philosophers to make your day bright. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did. Have a look:

Quotes by Confucius:

I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the centre of your being.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Quotes by Friedrich Nietzsche:

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings– always darker, emptier and simpler.

You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.

We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the tone of voice in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you.

There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness. 

Quotes by Albert Camus:

Man is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back. (My personal favourite)

I may not have been sure about what really did interest me, but I was absolutely sure about what didn’t.

An intellectual? Yes. And never deny it. An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. I like this, because I am happy to be both halves, the watcher and the watched. “Can they be brought together?” This is a practical question. We must get down to it. “I despise intelligence” really means: “I cannot bear my doubts.

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion.

Always go too far, because that’s where you’ll find the truth.

When the soul suffers too much, it develops a taste for misfortune.

Quotes by Jean Paul Sartre:

Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does.

It is up to you to give life a meaning.

Everything has been figured out, except how to live.

I want to leave, to go somewhere where I should be really in my place, where I would fit in . . . but my place is nowhere; I am unwanted.

My thought is me: that’s why I can’t stop. I exist because I think… and I can’t stop myself from thinking. At this very moment – it’s frightful – if I exist, it is because I am horrified at existing. I am the one who pulls myself from the nothingness to which I aspire.

Words are loaded pistols.

Man can will nothing unless he has first understood that he must count on no one but himself; that he is alone, abandoned on earth in the midst of his infinite responsibilities, without help, with no other aim than the one he sets himself, with no other destiny than the one he forges for himself on this earth.

I am going to outlive myself. Eat, sleep, sleep, eat. Exist slowly, softly, like these trees, like a puddle of water, like the red bench in the streetcar.

Smooth and smiling faces everywhere, but ruin in their eyes.

Commitment is an act, not a word.

Quotes by Socrates:

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.

Let him who would move the world first move himself.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have laboured hard for.

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

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