Phrases with "philosopher"

Robert Green Ingersoll We stand then with the philosopher against the Christian, for we must believe what is true to us in the last test, and these things are not true. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

King and priest, warrior and maiden, philosopher and child, all must walk those mighty galleries alone. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

The philosopher may tell you the reasons for what is better to be avoided, and what to be pursued. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Goldwin Smith It was safely accomplished, however, the enthusiastic Mr. Rose walking to meet his poet and philosopher on the way. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Anthony Trollope He was almost a philosopher in his epicureanism, striving always that nothing should trouble him. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Thomas Hardy In truth, the impishness of circumstance was newer to him than it would have been to a philosopher of threescore-and-ten. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Guy de Maupassan Of aristocratic birth, he hated instinctively the year 1793, but being a philosopher by temperament and liberal by education, he execrated tyranny with an inoffensive and declamatory hatred. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton But the evil philosopher is not trying to alter things, but to annihilate them. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Philip Sidney For conclusion, I say the philosopher teacheth, but he teacheth obscurely, so as the learned only can understand him; that is to say, he teacheth them that are already taught. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

Matthew Arnold For Arnold’s personal debt to him see his sonnet To a Friend. 5 Empedocles. A Greek philosopher and statesman (c. Marcus Aurelius by Matthew Arnold [1863]

Charles Dickens I wonder no philosopher has ever established that our globe itself is hollow. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Henry James Pickering had the air of an ingenuous young philosopher sitting at the feet of an austere muse, and not of a sentimental spendthrift dangling about some supreme incarnation of levity. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

G. K. Chesterton The philosopher may sometimes love the infinite; the poet always loves the finite. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing But she, like Lashmar, criticised her philosopher from a moral height. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson The longest and most abstruse flight of a philosopher becomes clear and shallow, in the flash of a moment, when we suddenly perceive the aspect and drift of his intention. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London Yes, as I look back upon it, a man must be greatly a philosopher to survive the continual impact of such brutish experiences through the years and years. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Thomas Love Peacock No philosopher would resign his mental acquisitions for the purchase of any terrestrial good. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Rudyard Kipling You see’— the young man’s eyes twinkled —‘his philosopher was a long-haired one!’ ‘I thought philosophers were bald,’ said Una. ‘Not all. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

James Payn But when this moral patient of his had left his consulting-room quite cured, the radical philosopher permitted himself a congratulatory chuckle. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Gissing The philosopher stood embarrassed. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The same easy but sagacious philosopher (Pandarus) observes, that the harm which is in this world springs as often from folly as from malice. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

James Anthony Froude The most remorseless philosopher can hardly refuse a certain admiration for this poor uneducated village lad struggling so bravely in the theological spider’s web. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

George Meredith Provided he attends to his functions! There’s a French philosopher who’s for naming the days of the year after the birthdays of French men of letters. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

A philosopher looking up from the pages of the Zend–Avesta, upon which he had been centring his soul, beheld a pig violently assailing a cauldron of cold slops. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

G. K. Chesterton He was not so much the philosopher as the man of the world: he reminded us that Europe was a society while Ruskin was treating it as a picture gallery. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The philosopher reads character by what the hand most loves to close upon. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Henry Adams For thousands of years every philosopher had stood on the shore of this sunless sea, diving for pearls and never finding them. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The first book which fell into his hands was that of the Arabian philosopher Rhazes, from the reading of which he imagined that he had discovered the means of augmenting gold a hundredfold. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Charles Kingsley Believe a philosopher who has not said a pater or an ave for seven years past at least. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

George Meredith Pardonably foolish; but mindful of a past condition of indiscipline, Nature’s philosopher said to the old minister: ‘Your example saved me for this day at a turn of my road, sir. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

But even for that point of estate and means, I partly lean to Thales’ opinion, That a philosopher may be rich if he will. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Victor Hugo This was Homo. The old coachman who drove the horses was the philosopher himself. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anatole France The philosopher having thrown his cape over the back of his seat, we could see that he wore diamond buttons on his coat. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

This philosopher guessed that it was a necessary effect of the sun and rain. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Walter Scott The philosopher lost not the opportunity of making an impression on their minds, by a display of the superiority of his knowledge. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Thomas Wolfe And what had he learned? A philosopher would not think it much, perhaps, yet in a simple human way it was a good deal. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

But it was no philosopher who sat with his knees hunched on the window-seat, but a drowsy and rather excited boy. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Sir Thomas Browne The celebrated Greek philosopher who taught that the sun was a mass of heated stone, and various other astronomical doctrines. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

The charms and graces of youth will not make a philosopher shy of their conversation, when the endowments of their minds are answerable to the features of their bodies. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

George Meredith The pleasant narrator in the first person is the happy bubbling fool, not the philosopher who has come to know himself and his relations toward the universe. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

A strong mind is more easily impressed than a weak: you shall not so readily convince a fool that you are a philosopher as a philosopher that you are a fool. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Washington Irving All empires, however, says some philosopher or historian, are doomed to changes and revolutions. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

That the wind and the tempestuous rain likewise interfered with his own happiness, was of little concern to Old Billy, who is a philosopher who can bear more than the toothache philosophically. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

If any over-wise philosopher should attempt to remove them, the chances are that he would have more broken bones than thanks for his interference. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells The philosopher has left it on record that he despised the artisan. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Victor Hugo Ursus being a philosopher understood. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edward called on the other; and found him disconsolate, and reading a Heathen philosopher for comfort, and finding none. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle With the brow of a philosopher above and the jaw of a sensualist below, the man must have started with great capacities for good or for evil. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

A knave is a philosopher, though a philosopher is not necessarily a knave. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Meredith But our uninformed philosopher was merely picking up scraps of sheddings outside the dark wood of the mystery they were to him, and playing imagination upon them. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells He answered with the patience of a philosopher and the lucidity of a Frenchman. He began to receive responses of a more and more hopeful type. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

No philosopher was he — just a plain, commonplace person gifted, for the time being, with a pathological indifference: the organ that he feared consequences with was torpid. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Meanwhile what actually does count for true to any individual trower, whether he be philosopher or common man, is always a result of his apperceptions. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

H. G. Wells Like Plato they would make the philosopher king. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Sinclair Lewis If I did, I’d be the one philosopher that had the cure for living. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing It only remained to suppose that Mr. Billimore was a philosopher of the school of Democritus, a conclusion not perhaps wide of the mark. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

John Galsworthy Soames was not philosopher enough to gauge inround the significance of his daughter’s yearnings. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Meredith He was also an impressionable fellow among his fellows, a philosopher only at his leisure, in his courted solitudes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Florence Dixie Thoughts were rushing through that girl’s brain which would have startled perhaps a philosopher of much maturer years. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

George Meredith The philosopher could starve with equanimity, and be the stronger. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

And yet,’ he said bitterly, ‘I hesitate and doubt, in a matter of right and wrong, like an Academic philosopher weighing and balancing mere speculative straws. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The spectacle of a philosopher on the throne who proclaimed toleration, and contempt for Christianity, was too tempting and too useful controversially to allow of much circumspection in handling it. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli Bentham was the philosopher then affected by young gentleman of ambition, and who wished to have credit for profundity and hard heads. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

William Godwin She prayed the philosopher not to torment her, and not to compel her to confess what she was. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Francis Bacon Whereas of the sciences which regard nature, the divine philosopher declares that “it is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but it is the glory of the King to find a thing out. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

I am only a philosopher, and there is only one thing that a philosopher can be relied on to do, and that is, to contradict other philosophers. Memories and Studies by William James

He wrote a commentary on the prophecies of Merlin. This philosopher has left a much greater reputation. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Paris, the idle, the debauched, the pleasure-hunting, the novelty-loving, was the scene for a philosopher like him, and thither he repaired accordingly. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Meredith Yes, my fervour makes a philosopher of you. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Maria Edgeworth Il a infiniment l’air d’un héros de roman, thought she, and Belinda is not quite so great a philosopher as I imagined. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne He became an artist deeply impressed by the marvels of art, a philosopher to whom no one of the higher sciences was unknown, a statesman versed in the policy of European courts. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry Adams The proof that a philosopher does not know what he is talking about is apt to sadden his followers before it reacts on himself. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jeremy Bentham Of course, when this philosopher sees any thing that he does not like, he says, it is a particular way of telling a lie. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Gwynne-Harden, though it was said he loved his wife with an exceeding great love, was a philosopher in his own way. This Man and This Woman by Guy Boothby

As healthy infancy is the same for all, so the old age of all good men brings philosopher and peasant once more together, to meet with the same thoughts the inevitable hour. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Tobias Smolle This philosopher had ordered a field of his own to be cleared, manured and sown with barley, and the produce was more scanty than before. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells And there was in the organization no supervising pedagogic philosopher with the knowledge and authority to tell them as much. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Paine The Almighty is the great mechanic of the creation; the first philosopher and original teacher of all science. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

George Meredith Nor let the philosopher venture hastily to despise them as pipers to dilettante life. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I am something of a philosopher myself, and thy jest ambleth with my humour very pleasantly. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There! You see, I was a philosopher before I became a professor of propaganda. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Oscar Wilde The world through which the Academic philosopher becomes ‘the spectator of all time and of all existence’ is not really an ideal world, but simply a world of abstract ideas. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Marcel Prous Ce n’est pas seulement parce que l’amour est individuel, ni parce que, quand nous ne le ressentons pas, le trouver évitable et philosopher sur la folie des autres nous est naturel. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Anatole France But a doubt is hardly permissible; a philosopher will soundly opine that hunger is for these unhappy ones a more pressing necessity than love. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Henry David Thoreau There the poet sustains himself merely by his own superfluous fat, and the philosopher comes down on his marrow-bones. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was a philosopher and a man of great mind. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anatole France And less by longing for the adventure than to give him pleasure, I asked the philosopher how it is possible to enter into communication with these aerial persons. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope Of course if a man were a saint or a philosopher or a Joseph he wouldn’t get into such scrapes — and perhaps every man ought to be something of that sort. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Chang was a great living philosopher then,” Mailey explained. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

George Meredith Not only is he no philosopher who has an idol, he has to learn that he cannot think rationally; his due sense of weight and measure is lost, the choice of his thoughts as well. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anatole France I should deceive you were I to say that a man, philosopher or magician, can have familiar intercourse with them. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Washington Irving A few will suffice, for I am a philosopher of simple habits and easily satisfied. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

He was in fact a philosopher in the ‘great’ sense, altho he cared so much less than most philosophers care for abstractions of the ‘thin’ order. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

B. was a man of attractive character and considerable talents, but as a philosopher he is now largely superseded. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Meredith This philosopher singularly anticipated his ideas. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Thomas Love Peacock So you see I am in training for a philosopher myself. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

George Gissing A month after the death of the old philosopher at Hawes, Mrs. Hannaford startled her with a strange story. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells Probably the artisan despised the philosopher in equal measure so far as he knew about him; but he has not left it on record. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Edgar Allan Poe The philosopher had other weaknesses — but they are scarcely worthy our serious examination. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

A remote ancestor of Glyndon’s on the mother’s side, had achieved no inconsiderable reputation as a philosopher and alchemist. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

G. K. Chesterton There is excellent tragic irony in the confrontation of the melancholy philosopher among the tombs with the cheerful digger of the graves. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Anthony Trollope It has been calculated that three months at Gatherum Castle would drive a philosopher mad. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anatole France One has to be a philosopher to see a Salamander, and I do not think philosophers could be found in this kitchen. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Ralph Waldo Emerson There is even no philosopher who is a philosopher at all times. The Conservative by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Anthony Trollope Intent on such things, and on his coming volume, our young broken-hearted philosopher stayed out three months at Paris. We need not follow him very closely in his doings there. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. G. Wells He had the temperament of what we used to call a philosopher — an indifferent, that is to say. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Another schoolfellow describes the young philosopher as “tall and striking in person, with long black hair,” and as commanding “much deference” among his schoolfellows. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

The philosopher saith, that pacience is thilke vertue that suffrith deboneirly alle the outrages of adversité and every wickid word. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

In old times, whenever a philosopher was assailed for some particularly tough absurdity in his system, he was wont to parry the attack by the argument from the divine omnipotence. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Meredith What philosopher could have set down that face of sun and breeze and nymph in shadow as a point in a problem? The library door was opened at midnight by Miss Dale. She dosed it quietly. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He suffered when he was congratulated on his short stories and tales, for with justifiable pride he wished to be appreciated as a poet, a philosopher and a thinker. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

But as for the science and knowledge which the soul of a philosopher desires to have concerning everything, the senses have it not. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Maria Edgeworth The first thing in a philosopher is to be consistent. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry Adams Only the self-evident truth that no philosophy of orderexcept the Church — had ever satisfied the philosopher reconciled the conservative Christian anarchist to prove his own. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

As a French philosopher says, ‘Nous sommes du réel dans le réel. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Thus shulde ye understonde the philosopher that seith, In wicked counseil wommen vanquyschen their housbondes. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Anatole France The philosopher did not take any notice of this. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Daniel Defoe The Christian begins just where the philosopher ends; and when the inquirer turns his eyes up to heaven, farewell philosopher; it is a sign he can make nothing of it here. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Philip Sidney He put the philosopher Callisthenes to death, for his seeming philosophical, indeed mutinous, stubbornness; but the chief thing he was ever heard to wish for was that Homer had been alive. A Defence of Poesie by Philip Sidney

David Hume The feelings of our heart, the agitation of our passions, the vehemence of our affections, dissipate all its conclusions, and reduce the profound philosopher to a mere plebeian. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Meredith Her deeper tones threw a light on Gower, and where she saw goodness, he could at least behold the natural philosopher practically philosophizing. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

If any one asks why, I suppose the philosopher would say that rhubarb is the beginning of the fruit season, which is clearly autumnal, according to our present classification. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Ralph Waldo Emerson My philosopher was subdued and gentle. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

A glance at that depressed face, and timorous air of conscious poverty, will make your heart ache — always supposing that you are neither a philosopher nor a political economist. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Suppose, for example, that a philosopher believes in what is called free-will. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

I challenged my philosopher in vain for a specific cause of his dislike of the scene. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

On the sand before this spectacle I talked with a philosopher of humble condition who backed upon me and knocked my umbrella out of my hand. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

James Joyce As a philosopher he knew that at the termination of any allotted life only an infinitesimal part of any person’s desires has been realised. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Gertrude Stein Ralph Church, philosopher and friend, said stick to the booksellers, first and last. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Maria Edgeworth Indeed, this would be a contradiction in terms; you might as well talk of a cold sun, or of hot ice, as of a philosopher falling in love, or of a man in love being a philosopher. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

William Hazlitt Shakespeare, who was as good a philosopher as he was a poet, thought otherwise. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

In a word, Malicorne, philosopher that he was, though he knew it not, had learned how to inspire the king with an appetite in the midst of plenty, and with desire in the assurance of possession. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

That peripatetic guide, philosopher and friend of all nations, Mr. Roosevelt, would promptly excommunicate him with a big stick. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Iamblich., “Vit. Pythag.” The attendants whom Mejnour had engaged for his strange abode were such as might suit a philosopher of few wants. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

And then commandeth the same philosopher again; Stand up! And they do so. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Thomas Love Peacock His friends thought him drowned; they were plebeians and pious Catholics; but a philosopher might very legitimately have drawn the same conclusion. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Sinclair Lewis You didn’t demand that each baby be a philosopher and artist before you weighed him, as you do with the rest of us. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He was an intimate friend of Sir Walter Scott. The French philosopher Cousin gave F. a place above all his predecessors in the Scottish school of philosophy. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Thomas Paine The philosopher knows that the laws of the Creator have never changed with respect either to the principles of science, or the properties of matter. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Anthony Trollope I am not such a philosopher as to disregard it, though you may afford to do so. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Stephen was hardly philosopher enough to avail himself of Nature’s offer. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. G. Wells I wonder if at bottom, Mrs. Rylands, both the scientific investigator and the philosopher are not profoundly indolent men. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

He was a sort of philosopher and reformer, a man with ideas. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

The philosopher knows that his wife does not comprehend him: she knows that she never will; and neither of them much cares. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

Small as he is, the monad contains all the powers and possibilities needful to his evolution into a German philosopher of the first class — altogether a very capable little fellow. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray Still he is poet and philosopher even more than orator. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

H. G. Wells You are the son of a mountaineering don, and I am a Chinese philosopher of the riper school. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Meredith The titled man affected the philosopher in that manner; or rather, the crude philosopher’s relish of brilliant appreciation stripped him of his robe. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I allude to the change of masters nearly throughout the whole of America. It is a curious subject for the European philosopher to moralise upon and for the politician to examine. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Moreover, what is the truth? ’Tis a question no philosopher has yet answered. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The philosopher takes it from Heraclitus, in the insight that everything exists through its opposite; and the bummer comforts himself for his morning headache as only the rough side of a square deal. Memories and Studies by William James

He further made him one of his aides-decamp; so that the philosopher was obliged to encase his more than portly, and by no means elegant, figure in a military uniform. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Eliot We can no more wish to return to a narrower sympathy than a painter or a musician can wish to return to his cruder manner, or a philosopher to his less complete formula. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

The philosopher would have wondered that woman can endure privation with such patience: the physiologist would have been surprised that humanity can sustain life upon so little. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Leslie Stephen A grave moral philosopher has, of course, no right to look askance at the rewards which fashion lavishes upon men of lighter and less lasting merit, and which he professes to despise. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

This philosopher thought that the Unitarians argued more mathematically than we do. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Bram Stoker He is a philosopher and a metaphysician, and one of the most advanced scientists of his day, and he has, I believe, an absolutely open mind. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing I want to give the dear old philosopher of Wensleydale a pleasant surprise. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

I have recently seen a philosopher on his deathbed. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Thomas Hardy Swithin took up his old position as the lonely philosopher at the column, and Lady Constantine lapsed back to immured existence at the house, with apparently not a friend in the parish. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

G. K. Chesterton The only difference between the Browningite and the anti-Browningite, is that the second says he was not a poet but a mere philosopher, and the first says he was a philosopher and not a mere poet. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A philosopher must be more than a philosopher. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

H. G. Wells He was not only distinguished as a politician; he was eminent as a private gentleman, a philosopher and a man of universal intelligence. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

A philosopher across the way who should use the same technical apparatus, making the same distinctions, etc. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Rudyard Kipling I have been privileged also to hear a foreign professor of some ideal or other explain to a rather prominent philosopher that he “guessed France lacked a certain seriousness of moral purpose”. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

He did not like to disturb fine sentiment, being a philosopher in a small way. The Black Fishers by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Thence it follows that aristocracy is multiple kingship, and to be an aristocrat is to partake both of the nature of philosopher and king. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing Godwin had already felt that it was unworthy alike of a philosopher and of a high-minded man of the world. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

James Joyce What did the philosopher do? He reflected that it was in the character of a thief to steal and determined to buy an earthen lamp next day instead of the iron lamp. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli But a philosopher acknowledges only one miracle, and that is life. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

John Galsworthy A philosopher when he has all that he wants is different from a philosopher when he has not. To Let by John Galsworthy

Ivan Turgenev Strange! they call you a philosopher too. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Arthur Conan Doyle A sweet and simple village philosopher he was, with a child’s heart in his aged breast. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

She thought of the unknown philosopher who had wrought the Tarot images; his hands had been filled with spiritual knowledge; they perhaps had guided his mind as much as his mind his hands. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

George Gissing Take a philosopher who prides himself on his detachment from vulgar cares and desires, duties and troubles, and looks down upon the world with pity or contempt. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hobbes Plato, that was the best philosopher of the Greeks, forbade entrance into his school to all that were not already in some measure geometricians. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

So, then, Homer is the first philosopher in ethics and in philosophy. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope He certainly was not a philosopher to whom in his search after wisdom an old man such as Zachary Fay could make himself as acceptable as his daughter. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton We have read of some celebrated philosopher who was so absent-minded that he paid a call at his own house. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But we no sooner get a popular reformer or politician or soldier or writer or philosopher — a Roosevelt, a Tolstoi, a Wood, a Shaw, a Nietzsche, than the cross-currents of criticism wash him away. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Le Clerc was still young, having been born at Geneva in 1657, but he had already acquired considerable reputation both as a philosopher and as a theologian. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson You will there, I think, recognise the philosopher who has the ecstasy to call you wife. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith He was at the same time not insensible to his father’s contented ministrations among these homes of squalor; they pricked the curiosity, which was in the youthful philosopher a form of admiration. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe Your arrangement of the matter, I think, however, might be improved, and many of your notions remind me of Aristotle. That philosopher was one of my most intimate acquaintances. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott Yet your Majesty seemed deeply obliged even now to the sage philosopher who encouraged you to play so hopeful a game. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Arnold Bennett He imagined that a philosopher was one who made the best of a bad job, and he had never heard the word used in any other sense. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Eh, gentlemen, let us reckon upon accidents! Life is a chaplet of little miseries which the philosopher counts with a smile. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Victor Hugo A philosopher would be jesting if he advised the poor devil of the masses to cry out against the size and weight of the lords. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith At Rome?’ ‘Ay! Druids tomorrow!’ cried the philosopher bewitched. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope He was a modern-minded man — if I make myself understood — of robust tendencies, moral, healthy, and enduring; but he was anything but a philosopher in his life. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Leslie Stephen Swift, it is said, retained through life the position of Stella’s “guide, philosopher and friend,” and was never anything more. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jack London He was a philosopher at heart, and he was no longer even angry. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Wilkie Collins You will remind me of the experiment of that illustrious philosopher who measured the velocity of a great storm by a flight of small feathers. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

A strong mind is more easily impressed than a weak one: you shall not as readily convince a fool that you are a philosopher, as a philosopher that you are a fool. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Leslie Stephen He is thus attempting the greatest task to which poet or philosopher can devote himself—the exhibition of an organic and harmonious view of the universe. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Ralph Waldo Emerson But my philosopher was not contented. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

G. K. Chesterton All this he knew, not because he was a philosopher or a genius, but because he was a child. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Charles Kingsley Surely it is not too much to say that this close friendship between the natural philosopher and the soldier has changed the whole course of civilisation to this very day. The Study of Natural History by Charles Kingsley

For it is not so necessary that the pleader (as Aeschines has it) and the law speak one and the same thing, as that the life of a philosopher be consonant to his speech. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Helvetius, the grandfather of the celebrated philosopher of the same name, asserts that he saw an inferior metal turned into gold by a stranger, at the Hague, in 1666. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]