Philosophy is a discipline I have found myself drawn to recently. I wish I had been drawn to it earlier.
There are countless teachings available to us in these timeless texts. They range from life and death, to relationships and politics. Philosophy is a discussion on what it means to be human and the implications of our humanity.
Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, these names roll off the tongue with ease, but how many of us know what they discussed and the ideas they formulated? I was one of these people, before my immersion in philosophy, they were merely names.
Now that I am more familiar with their work, it astounds how much knowledge there is and how relevant it is today. This is despite the texts being over 2,000 years old!
Knowledge is timeless, and while it can be difficult to sift through countless texts to acquire it, there are snippets which can provide us with immense value.
I have put together twenty of my favourite quotes by famous philosopher and thinkers that will help you take stock of where you are and where you want to be.
Practice Makes Permanent
“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.” — Bruce Lee
Knowledge Isn’t Everything
“I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing.” — Socrates
“The real sign of intelligence isn’t knowledge, it’s imagination.” — Albert Einstein
Habits Make Or Break Us
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” — Aristotle
Competition Bears All
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation” — Plato
“Freedom is secured not by the fulfilling of one’s desires, but by the removal of desire” — Epictetus
The Truth Is Not So Clear Cut
“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” — Rene Descartes
Are We Truly Free?
“Man is born free, but is everywhere in chains” — Jean-Jacques Rousseau
If It Can Be Measured, It Can Be Improved
“The unexamined life is not worth living” — Socrates
You Never Stop Learning
“Even while they teach, men learn” — Seneca
It Is Our Duty To Act
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” — Edmund Burke
Luck Can Be Created
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” — Seneca
Failure Isn’t Something To Be Afraid Of
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius
You Are Here For A Short Time, Gone For A Long Time
“After I’m dead, I’d rather have people ask why I have no monument than why I have one.” — Cato
Patience Is A Virtue
“Haste in every business brings failures.” Herodotus
Courage Should Not Be Underestimated
“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thucydides
It Pays To Listen
“Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.” — Plutarch
Less Is More
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” — Epictetus
No One Is Truly Understood
“Only one man ever understood me, and he didn’t understand me” — G.W.F. Hegel
Don’t Strive For An Easy Life
“The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it” — Epicurus