Phrases with "philosophy"

Virginia Woolf At Oxford it seemed likely that he would devote himself to philosophy or science. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Stuart Mill A mere thinker can wait, can take time to consider, can collect additional evidence; he is not obliged to complete his philosophy at once, lest the opportunity should go by. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Edgar Allan Poe And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS. Of this spirit philosophy takes no account. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

Both facts and philosophy are confined within an exceedingly narrow horizon, one in which the writer was most thoroughly at home, which explains why they bear the imprint of a mind already blase. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

George Meredith Rose, the tameless heroine who had once put her mother’s philosophy in action, was the easiest filly that turbaned matron ever yet drove into the straight road of the world. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

While waiting anxiously for the answer, it cost him all his philosophy to keep his heart from eating itself. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I employed the word ‘violent’ just now in describing the dramatic situation in which it pleases the philosophy of the absolute to make its camp. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

John Galsworthy In fact, this new philosophy of ‘having the courage to accept futility and grab a good time’ is simply a shallow bit of thinking; all the same, it seemed quite plausible when I read it. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

His philosophy of life may be boiled down into a single sentence: Carry on and you will be happy. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Henry David Thoreau His philosophy comes down to a more recent time than ours. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Theodore Dreiser Already he had formulated a philosophy of life. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins If you ask for the secret of this extraordinary exhibition of philosophy on my part, I can give it in one line. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Oscar Wilde On the other hand, it contains several clever caricatures, and a heap of delightful quotations, and Green’s philosophy very pleasantly sugars the somewhat bitter pill of the author’s fiction. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Henry James It has been noted that the Doctor was a philosopher, but I would not have answered for his philosophy if the poor girl had proved a sickly and suffering person. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

The word attraction unfortunately crept into magnetick philosophy from the ignorance of the ancients; for there seems to be force applied where there is attraction and an imperious violence dominates. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Olaf Stapledon I shall begin my survey of philosophy with the subject which my Anglo-Indian friend regarded as the supreme purpose of philosophy. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton No one would pretend that the repentance of old Paul Dombey throws any light on the psychology or philosophy of repentance. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Meredith You are to know that I am one who disbelieves in philosophy in love. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Mathematics will soar into its highest regions; while the high peaks of philosophy may be scaled by those whose aptitude for abstract thought has been awakened by elementary logic. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Olaf Stapledon My friend was wrong only in believing that the sole function of philosophy was to solve a certain question of fact; he was right in holding that philosophy should have some concrete result. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Francis Bacon So have the alchemists made a philosophy out of a few experiments of the furnace; and Gilbertus our countryman hath made a philosophy out of the observations of a loadstone. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

These are the main features of a philosophy of pure experience. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

G. K. Chesterton I criticise the philosophy of The Wild Duck because it is a philosophy. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

John Hill Burton There is perhaps no department of the subject in which this is better developed, than the philosophy of punishment. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

G. K. Chesterton But he was right in saying, as he said essentially to me all those years ago, that he could enjoy things, including better philosophy or religion. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

It requires more philosophy than I possess to bear this injustice with patience. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope Will any one believe that he might not as well have consoled himself with one of his treatises on oratory? But philosophy was then to his hands. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Wilkie Collins Gardener, don’t fidget!” “The true philosophy of art — the true philosophy of art, my lady,” added Mr. Gimble, the picture-dealer. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Benjamin Disraeli Once I sacrificed my happiness to my philosophy, and now I have sacrificed my philosophy to my happiness. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Anthony Trollope It will become evident as we go on with his life, that this so-called philosophy of the Greeks was never to him a matter of more than interesting inquiry. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope There is the opening work on philosophy which he had dedicated to Hortensius, now lost. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

John Stuart Mill Socrates was put to death, but the Socratic philosophy rose like the sun in heaven, and spread its illumination over the whole intellectual firmament. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Willa Cather Go on!” “Well, then, my philosophy is that what you think of and plan for day by day, in spite of yourself, so to speak — you will get. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Finally, with a pensive shadow thrown across my mind, yet emulous of the light philosophy of my late companions, I joined myself to the Penobscot Indian and set forth toward the distant city. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Meredith With demagogues abroad and daughters at home, philosophy is needed for us to keep erect. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Walter Scott Well, Corporal Nym’s philosophy is not the worst that has been preached, “Things must be as they may. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

George Gissing With eagerness he at length betook himself to the teachers of philosophy and of geology. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Whether in future ages such a philosophy may prevail, who shall say? At present we must all await our death from the hands of the Almighty. ‘Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells We did no logic nor philosophy at Harbury, and at Oxford it was not so much thought we came to deal with as a mistranslation and vulgarization of ancient and alien exercises in thinking. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Olaf Stapledon We need not consider the stages by which he attempted to pass from pure being to his detailed philosophy of nature. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

It is just because so many of the conjunctions of experience seem so external that a philosophy of pure experience must tend to pluralism in its ontology. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Benjamin Disraeli Strange! that TIME should alike favour the philosophy of theory and the philosophy of facts. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Olaf Stapledon If, as I have argued, philosophy does not end with theory, but is the love and the pursuit of wisdom, this conclusion must not remain purely theoretical. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells But philosophy or beauty for its own sake, or dreams! Lord! no! The Mahometans know they haven’t souls, and they say it. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

No faculty in him was left unemployed — nor, on the other hand, was anything that his philosophy could contain left unstated. Memories and Studies by William James

Sinclair Lewis She tried to evolve a philosophy which would explain why Kennicott could never tie his scarf so that it would reach the top of the gap in his turn-down collar. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ralph Waldo Emerson Things always bring their own philosophy with them, that is, prudence. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

John Galsworthy He at least, thought Adrian, knew youth, had a brood of his own, and could tell how far the clear hard philosophy of youth would carry. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Returning to England he remained in the Earl’s service, and devoted himself to his studies on philosophy and politics. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Margaret Oliphant I could not get him to go into the philosophy of it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Gissing One’s philosophy has nothing to do with the business of life. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

To the period of Locke’s life covered by this chapter probably belong some interesting notes on philosophy and its divisions, found in his father’s memorandum-book. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft Only the somber philosophy of the decadents could help us, and this we found potent only by increasing gradually the depth and diablism of our penetrations. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

William Hazlitt The charge brought against modern philosophy as inimical to loyalty is unjust because it might as well be brought lover of kings. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Maria Edgeworth Eternally talking of philosophy and philanthropy, they borrow the terms only to perplex the ignorant and seduce the imagination. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Sir Thomas Browne Those strange and mystical transmigrations that I have observed in silkworms turned my philosophy into divinity. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Anthony Trollope It would be to require too much from philosophy to suppose that it could console itself in agony by reasoning. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Oscar Wilde He sought to elaborate some new scheme of life that would have its reasoned philosophy and its ordered principles, and find in the spiritualising of the senses its highest realisation. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

John Locke Though the Peripatetick philosophy has been most eminent in this way, yet other sects have not been wholly clear of it. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Pertaining to a philosophy of the universe invented by Newton, who discovered that an apple will fall to the ground, but was unable to say why. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Exhortations of that kind are religious all the world of philosophy over, and will succeed in proportion to the moral fervour and oratorical power which distinguish them. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Spinoza’s philosophy has been rightly said to be worked by the word quatenus. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry James Incontestably she grew to think that the men cut the best figure; and in this particular, as in many others, she arrived at a philosophy of her own, all made up of her private notations and cynicisms. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Samuel Johnson Natural philosophy is now one of the favourite studies of the Scottish nation, and Lough Ness well deserves to be diligently examined. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The newspapers published his appeal to the nation, in which he had judiciously toned down Dr Jagon’s philosophy and the Countess’s heroics. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Virginia Woolf It all came into her philosophy — that colour is sound, or perhaps it has something to do with music. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Robert Green Ingersoll They understood the philosophy of damages. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Samuel Johnson Far from me and from my friends, be such frigid philosophy as may conduct us indifferent and unmoved over any ground which has been dignified by wisdom, bravery, or virtue. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Olaf Stapledon He began tentatively, by reading much modern literature, and talking politics and philosophy with his friends. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Writing Greek philosophy does as well as the making of shoes. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H. G. Wells There is no such effective serum against philosophy as the scholarly decoction of a dead philosopher. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Francis Bacon For even those schools of philosophy which held the absolute impossibility of knowing anything were not inferior to those which took upon them to pronounce. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Virginia Woolf He has turned aside from poetry and philosophy and law, and specialised in virtue. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Morley We need not attempt to work out the details of this extension of a political reaction into a universal reaction in philosophy and poetry. Burke by John Morley [1879]

That is the touchstone for distinguishing all bad philosophy from what alone deserves the name of philosophy. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Olaf Stapledon In Hegel's philosophy the objectivist tendency in Kant is emphasised. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Wilkie Collins She agreed with the easy philosophy of the bailiff, already recorded in these pages: “They’re only children. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

I conceive this to be the more strenuous type of emotion; but I have to admit that its inability to let loose quietistic raptures is a serious deficiency in the pluralistic philosophy which I profess. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Guy de Maupassan It was, in a word, the applied philosophy of chance, the indeterminateism of anarchy. Countess Satan (Comtesse Satan) by Guy de Maupassan

After the dancing girls have finished, you get to your feet and call for silence in order to explain your philosophy of life. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

For our present purpose, then, the essential contribution of Bergson to philosophy is his criticism of intellectualism. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing In this instance, he knew that the words “serving mankind” were a contemptuous use of a phrase she had heard, a phrase which represented the philosophy alien to her own. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

In this obscurity he remained, with the character of a visionary and a man of unsettled mind, until the promulgation of the Rosicrucian philosophy in his part of Germany, toward the year 1607 or 1608. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The philosophy of the absolute agrees with the pluralistic philosophy which I am going to contrast with it in these lectures, in that both identify human substance with the divine substance. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Olaf Stapledon The philosophy which resulted from this motive is one which is dominated by the idea of an eternal and perfect substance. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Robert Louis Stevenson He made as many thoughts as Stuart Mill; but his philosophy concerned flesh and blood, and was experimental as to its method. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Their philosophy only recognizes relations based on animal desire. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Poetry and its creations, philosophy and its researches and classifications, alike awoke the sleeping ideas in my mind, and gave me new ones. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Augustine Birrell Hobbes’s Leviathan appeared in 1651, and in 1670 both his philosophy and his statecraft were fashionable doctrine. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Davie was “wake-minded,” not to see that the world of philosophy was his to overrun and subdue, if he would but persevere in the work he had begun. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

John Galsworthy And with the un-Forsytean philosophy which ever intruded on his soul, he thought: ‘One’s never had enough. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells He was a classical scholar, but Hellenic rather than Roman — in contrast to Gissing — a Platonist and not a Homerist. His grasp upon modern scientific philosophy was a firm one. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

I spoke a while ago of its being an “irrationalistic” philosophy in its latest phase. Memories and Studies by William James

George Meredith Adieu, curst Croat! On the Wallachian border mayst thou gather philosophy from meditation. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

To take things easily had been his complete code of morals and philosophy from earliest boyhood. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Real philosophy seeks rather to solve than to deny. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The heresies of the day are explained to them by their professors of philosophy and science, and they are taught how those heresies are to be met. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Edgar Allan Poe The philosophy of the rule is untouched, and lies simply in the physical difficulty of giving voice to such syllables — of performing the lingual evolutions necessary for their utterance. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Francis Bacon It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man’s mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men’s minds about to religion. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

David Hume Nothing, therefore, can be more contrary than such a philosophy to the supine indolence of the mind, its rash arrogance, its lofty pretensions, and its superstitious credulity. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

George Gissing In truth Mrs. Pettindund’s philosophy contained the key to very few problems save those of arithmetic in as far as was required for the calculation of her weekly income. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He was an ardent admirer of the lighter Roman poets, and believed the Horatian philosophy the only true creed by which a man should shape his existence. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arrived at this point, I can do little more than indicate the principles on which, as it seems to me, a radically empirical philosophy is obliged to rely in handling such a dispute. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

With this we have the outlines of a philosophy of pure experience before us. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Henry Adams In religion and philosophy no one protested. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

G. K. Chesterton There is not a street you walk on, there is not a thread you wear, that was not made as this lantern was, by denying your philosophy of dirt and rats. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

A philosophy may indeed be a most momentous reaction of the universe upon itself. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The main thesis of a correspondence between the development of the formative Ideas of Hellenic philosophy and the hierarchic angelicals of Christian mythology was clearly stated. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Thus much of M. Bergson’s philosophy is sufficient for my purpose in these lectures, so here I will stop, leaving unnoticed all its other constituent features, original and interesting tho they be. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry David Thoreau And perchance amid these groves might arise at last a new school of philosophy or poetry. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Maria Edgeworth Alas! I confess my heart is weak indeed; and I fear that all the power of friendship and philosophy combined will never strengthen it sufficiently. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Francis Bacon For such as they are, well or ill established, such are the systems of philosophy and the contemplations which follow. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

John Locke Observable in the opposition between different sects of philosophy and of religion. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

At any rate I was just acquiring a taste for philosophy and the dead languages when my father died suddenly of a paralytic shock, and I had to set about earning a living. Prester John by John Buchan

They have made living facts of our profoundest philosophy and our sublimest poetry. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

John Stuart Mill If even the Newtonian philosophy were not permitted to be questioned, mankind could not feel as complete assurance of its truth as they now do. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

He had faced his position, and made a philosophy for himself. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Leslie Stephen A solid Swiss pastor and professor of philosophy, Jean Pierre Crousaz (1663-1750), undertook the task of refutation, and published an examination of Pope’s philosophy in 1737 and 1738. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Sinclair Lewis This was their philosophy complete. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Kingsley Can you make out the philosophy of that?” “I suppose they like it, as some people do hot peppers. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

G. K. Chesterton I mean it has been the only sort of success it could be; for Plutocracy has no philosophy or morals or even meaning; it can only be a material success, that is, a base success. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Olaf Stapledon In philosophy and social thought Bertrand Russell was opening many new windows for me. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Jacques Futrelle The philosophy took possession of the Girl and cheered her. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Humanism suffers from it no more than any other philosophy suffers, but it makes all our cosmogonic theories so unsatisfactory that some thinkers seek relief in the denial of any primal dualism. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Andrew Lang This is the first sample of the critical Ionian spirit, later so remarkable in philosophy and natural science, says Helbig. 80 We need not discuss this acute critical theory. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells A distinctive women’s education and a distinctive women’s philosophy doesn’t exist. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

According to the new philosophy that sort of thing is in the blood. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

That philosophy was an absolutely sceptical one. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

No philosophy can ever be anything but a summary sketch, a picture of the world in abridgment, a foreshortened bird’s-eye view of the perspective of events. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing His philosophy failed him for once. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The conjunctive relation that has given most trouble to philosophy is the co-conscious transition, so to call it, by which one experience passes into another when both belong to the same self. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet, with a philosophy which mankind would do well to imitate, they drew a continual pleasure from their toil for a subsistence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Francis Bacon And therefore the signs which are taken from the origin and birthplace of the received philosophy are not good. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

George Eliot Or, the child may mean the wise philosophy of Epicurus, removed alike from the gross, the sad, and the severe. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

John Locke These, for the most part, the several sects of philosophy and religion have introduced. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Squalid contentment with conventions, satire at the names of philosophy and religion, parochial and shop-till politics, and idolatry of usage, betray the ebb of life and spirit. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

George Meredith Chapters of philosophy read out and expounded instead. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Anthony Trollope For I had learned this lesson from the philosophy of Plato — that there are certain changes in public affairs. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Gertrude Stein They talked of philosophy and history, it was during these days that Gertrude Stein realised how completely it was Doctor Whitehead and not Russell who had had the ideas for their great book. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Edgar Allan Poe Observing him in these moods, I often dwelt meditatively upon the old philosophy of the Bi-Part Soul, and amused myself with the fancy of a double Dupin — the creative and the resolvent. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

As these heads usually suggest prejudicial associations to some hearer or other, the life of philosophy largely consists of resentments at the classing, and complaints of being misunderstood. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His philosophy of success had tumbled down upon him, and he looked for the reasons. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It was in the very year of its publication, 1628, that Descartes withdrew into that life of solitary investigation and meditation of which his philosophy was the fruit. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

M. Bergson, if I am rightly informed, came into philosophy through the gateway of mathematics. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Jules Verne Jolivet, whose practical philosophy never abandoned him, had physically and morally strengthened his companion by every means in his power. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Oliver Goldsmith Thus philosophy is weak; but religion comforts in an higher strain. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

With philosophy it would bring thought the material to work on. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Olaf Stapledon In philosophy it seldom has this meaning. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Francis Bacon To those therefore who are daily busied with these experiments and have infected their imagination with them, such a philosophy seems probable and all but certain; to all men else incredible and vain. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

H. G. Wells He was accused of psychologizing his philosophy away into a descriptive science and he was a frequent and formidable controversialist, more often in hot water than not. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Benjamin Disraeli The high style of conversation where eloquence and philosophy emulate each other, where principles are profoundly expounded and felicitously illustrated, all this has ceased. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope It is as though we bound up Lord Chesterfield’s letters in a volume with Hume’s essays, and called them the philosophy of the eighteenth century. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing That philosophy is unworthy of you; it belongs to a paltry scheme called “making the best of things”. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

This notion of the purely substitutional or conceptual physical world brings us to the most critical of all steps in the development of a philosophy of pure experience. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Sir Thomas Browne Now, what force should be able to consume it thus far, without the breath of God, which is the truest consuming flame, my philosophy cannot inform me. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Olaf Stapledon Any philosophy worthy of the name must reckon with both these conflicting aspects of our experience, both the reality of change and the eternal reality within which change is comprised. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton That almost any other theology or philosophy contains a truth, I do not at all deny; on the contrary, that is what I assert; and that is what I complain of. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

By this time we had recovered our tempers, and I was trying hard to put my new Kismet philosophy into practice. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells That is all the philosophy you will get here — unless you specialise, as they say. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells The philosophy of my lectures and practice is an absolute repudiation and reversal of the standard philosophy and phraseology they cling to here-an absolute and complete reversal. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Olaf Stapledon Marx, of course, derived his dialectical principle from Hegel. But he turned Hegel's philosophy inside out. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon For my part I am convinced that philosophy at its best really can provide something of very great importance to the individual and to society. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

For philosophy Fowler’s Novum Organum (1878). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

G. K. Chesterton There are doubts that remain even after the true philosophy is completed in every rung and rivet. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton That old gentleman with the wild, white beard and the wild, white hat — that venerable humbug was not really a philosopher; but at least he was the cause of philosophy in others. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Its substance is the poet’s philosophy of life. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Leon Trotsky The New World! Here I was in New York, city of prose and fantasy, of capitalist automatism, its streets a triumph of cubism, its moral philosophy that of the dollar. My Life by Leon Trotsky

David Hume Besides, it happens, with regard to ambitious aims and projects, what may be observed with regard to sects of philosophy and religion. Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy or to a Republic by David Hume

All philosophy and all religions teach us this one solemn truth, that in this life the evil surpasses the good. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

I envy Arquà the happiness of holding deposited in her soil him whose heart was the abode of the Muses, and the sanctuary of philosophy and eloquence. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Riches may be instrumental to so many good purposes, that it is, I think, vanity rather than religion or philosophy to pretend to contemn them. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Edith Wharton Happily it also found expression in a cheque which it would have taken more philosophy to await. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

The old-standing feud, of which Plato speaks, between poetry and philosophy, has in great measure been transferred, in these latter times, to philosophy and theology. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H. G. Wells Your philosophy expresses that. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

G. K. Chesterton But the glaring deficiencies of the Victorian compromise had by that time begun to gape so wide that he was forced, by mere freedom of philosophy and fancy, to urge the neglected things. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Rudyard Kipling So it is the oldest of the arts, the mother of history, biography, philosophy dogmatic (or doubtful, Lord Balfour), and, of course, of politics. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Doctor Dolliver and Pansie are figures for the end and the beginning of life; the Old Year and the New. Such is the sum of Hawthorne’s philosophy — the ultimate goal of his thought. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Jacques Futrelle Once he had held the chair of philosophy in a great university, but casually one day he promulgated a thesis that knocked the faculty’s eye out, and he was invited to vacate. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

George Elio Perhaps the profoundest philosophy could hardly fill it up better. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Without philosophy it would simply be a curse. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry Lawson He had repeated it to himself, over and over again, without reference to the sense or philosophy of it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Without philosophy it would simply distract and irritate the mind. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

In the light of Mr Vladimir’s philosophy of bomb throwing they appeared hopelessly futile. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Olaf Stapledon Since the time of Schopenhauer Idealism has consisted mainly of a development of the thought of Hegel, who dominated European philosophy throughout most of the nineteenth century. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Leon Trotsky Scepticism is the only philosophy possible for our profession. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Sir Walter Scott Now it must be confessed that our friend Sampson, although a profound scholar and mathematician, had not travelled so far in philosophy as to doubt the reality of witchcraft or apparitions. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Elizabeth Von Arnim But my philosophy has not yet reached the acute stage that will enable me to see a door-mat in its true character as a hinderer of the development of souls, and I like to wipe my shoes. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Hence some suspect that garlick is of avail against any deleterious power of the magnet: thus in philosophy many false and idle conjectures arise from fables and falsehoods. On the Magnet by William Gilber

John Galsworthy Of philosophy they had plenty, of religion none that he could speak of. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope His philosophy was perhaps at fault, and it may be that his humanity was unrefined. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

It’s a convenience elevated into a philosophy — yes, I agree. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H. G. Wells All the so-called sciences are applications of philosophy to particular regions of factual difficulty. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

G. K. Chesterton What could possibly express your philosophy and my philosophy better than the shape of that cross and the shape of this ball? This globe is reasonable; that cross is unreasonable. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Olaf Stapledon We must now turn to a type of philosophy in which the source of inspiration is biological and psychological. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon Tentatively we may draw another conclusion, of a different type, which involves not only philosophy but science. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon But philosophy is concerned with every subject, or a special aspect of every subject. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Olaf Stapledon The philosophy of A. N. Whitehead is perhaps the most thorough-going and the most striking philosophy of organism. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton Don’t try your slave’s philosophy on me. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Life by David Duncan, LL.D., Life by A.J. Thompson. See also Outlines of Cosmic Philosophy, Fishe (1874), and books on S. and his philosophy by Hudson (1894), White (1897), and Macpherson (1890). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

John Galsworthy Take modern philosophy! People had no less real philosophy than Martin Tupper or Izaak Walton; only, unlike those celebrated ancients, they had no time to formulate it. Swan Song by John Galsworthy