Phrases with "philosophy"

Henry David Thoreau Even the poor student studies and is taught only political economy, while that economy of living which is synonymous with philosophy is not even sincerely professed in our colleges. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

George Gissing Leave philosophy to men of large leisure and placid pulses, like myself. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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]

Edith Wharton This light-hearted philosophy was not without charm to a young man accustomed to more traditional views. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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]

George Gissing His philosophy was a sham, a spinning of cobwebs for idle hours when the heart is restful and the brain seeks to be amused. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton And it is by their fopperies and their frivolities that we know that their sinister philosophy is sincere; in their lights and garlands and ribbons we read their indwelling despair. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

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]

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]

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]

George Eliot Scepticism is the only philosophy that doesn’t bring a taste in the mouth. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Anatole France The ideas of philosophy had not sufficiently penetrated me to cause anything like a disgust at that pretty girl. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

William Makepeace Thackeray But this pitch of philosophy was unattainable. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

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

H. G. Wells I have appended to his book a rude sketch of a philosophy upon new lines, originally read by me to the Oxford Phil. Soc. in 1903. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

John Galsworthy His philosophy left him; and surly anger took its place. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Aristotle’s philosophy of nature was teleological, and the imperfect character of his anatomical knowledge often gives him occasion to explain particular phenomena by final causes. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

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

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

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

The perfection with which any philosophy may do this is the measure of its human success and of its importance in philosophic history. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

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

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

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 Though philosophy does not' end with intellectual activity, absolute intellectual integrity must be the philosopher's working ideal. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Jack London And in the course of this he had also hammered out a philosophy of life, an ugly and repulsive philosophy, but withal a very logical and sensible one from his point of view. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

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

David Hume But a Pyrrhonian cannot expect, that his philosophy will have any constant influence on the mind: or if it had, that its influence would be beneficial to society. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

The whole panorama is resplendent for variety and inclusiveness, and has aroused an admiration for philosophy in minds that never admired philosophy before. Memories and Studies by William James

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

G. K. Chesterton What we really feel, naturally and casually, about the look of skies and trees and the face of friends, that and that alone will almost certainly remain our vital philosophy to our dying day. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Jack London Of course, my philosophy had always recognized the inevitableness of the love-call sooner or later; but long years of bookish silence had made me inattentive and unprepared. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

I watched his philosophy with amazement. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Walter Scott My grandsire, Kenelm, was wont to say, that the fair words of the heathen philosophy were more hurtful to the Christian faith than the menaces of the heathen tyrants. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

George Meredith In philosophy and history I hated speculation; but nothing was too fantastic for my ideas of possible occurrences. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

I shall not attempt to deduce a settled scheme of philosophy from these discourses among the mountains. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

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]

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]

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

Marie Corelli By the writers of many books He shall find Himself scorned and rejected — in the cheap and spurious philosophy of modern egotists He will see His doctrines mocked at and denounced as futile. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Whoever feels the violence strongly sees as on a diagram in just what the peculiarity of all this philosophy of the absolute consists. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

H. G. Wells But this Utopia began upon a philosophy of fragmentation, and ends, confusedly, amidst a gross tumult of immediate realities, in dust and doubt, with, at the best, one individual’s aspiration. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Oscar Wilde In philosophy she was a Platonist, in politics an Opportunist. She attached herself to no particular party. English Poetesses by Oscar Wilde [1888]

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]

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]

Theodore Dreiser The teachings of philosophy and the deductions of biology should find more practical applications in the daily reasoning of man. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

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

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

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]

Plato, doubtless, was not the first to construct a system of philosophy that could be quoted against his enemies; certainly he was not the last. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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

Thomas Paine As for Lord North, it is his happiness to have in him more philosophy than sentiment, for he bears flogging like a top, and sleeps the better for it. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

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

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]

Arthur Morrison Plainly, Mr Weech’s philosophy was right after all. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

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

Percy Bysshe Shelley Such contemplations as these, materialism and the popular philosophy of mind and matter alike forbid; they are only consistent with the intellectual system. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

Robert Louis Stevenson Mrs. Weir’s philosophy of life was summed in one expression — tenderness. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Adams The movement might be studied at once in philosophy and mechanics. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

George Gissing Refining away its grosser aspects, Dyce took the philosophy to heart—much more sincerely than he had taken to himself the humanitarian bio-sociology on which he sought to build his reputation. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

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]

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]

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

H. G. Wells I felt there must be some mistake about all that, but I had not yet sat down to make any philosophy of my own by which these strange beliefs could be arraigned. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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]

Arthur Machen Now I believe that one of the most tortuous and difficult questions that engages philosophy is the theory of cause and effect. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

It surely is a merit in a philosophy to make the very life we lead seem real and earnest. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

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

Anthony Trollope Mrs Mackenzie’s philosophy was not without its truth; but a man of fifty should not be made to marry a woman by muslin and starch, if he be not prepared to marry her on other considerations. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Maria Edgeworth He would ask me, whether it be the ultimate end of my philosophy to try experiments, or to be happy. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells Modern philosophy grows daily; far clearer than the ancient stuff and with a vastly bigger grip. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Those, my Sossius Senecio, who throw philosophy out of entertainments do worse than those who take away a light. Symposiacs by Plutarch

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]

The first service of humanism to philosophy accordingly seems to be that it will probably oblige those who dislike it to search their own hearts and heads. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Modern philosophy has resumed the same thread of conjecture, and thinks to see in man the perfected development of lower organisms. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Henry Adams The children reached manhood without knowing religion, and with the certainty that dogma, metaphysics, and abstract philosophy were not worth knowing. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H.P. Lovecraft My philosophy is full of bizarre concepts, and when the mind gets worn out it cooks up all sorts of imaginary concrete applications. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Edith Wharton I see they’re classed by subjects; ah, here’s philosophy . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Edgar Allan Poe He begged me not to be impatient — to moderate my transports — to read soothing books — to drink nothing stronger than Hock — and to bring the consolations of philosophy to my aid. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Bertie’s philosophy was the essence of laissez-faire. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Arthur Schopenhauer My philosophy shows the metaphysical foundation of justice and the love of mankind, and points to the goal to which these virtues necessarily lead, if they are practised in perfection. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

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

George Gissing And then, if his theology is barren to me, possibly his philosophy may stand me in better stead. 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]

Sinclair Lewis Its philosophy and its feuds dominated her. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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

Ann Radcliffe His was the philosophy of nature, directed by common sense. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope Cicero had felt that he might have done better by his friends than to bring Hortensius, Catulus, and Lucullus discussing Greek philosophy before the public. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

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]

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

Francis Bacon For it is used either for the sake of the knowledge of the particular things which it contains or as the primary material of philosophy and the stuff and subject matter of true induction. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

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]

Before, however, finally dismissing the Essay, I must pause to ask what was the main work in the history of philosophy and thought which it accomplished. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Andrew Lang In his practical philosophy Plotinus was an optimist, or at least he was at war with pessimism. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

But in Buddhist philosophy there is a spiritual Atman, which can be disposed of only by knowledge. The Diamond Sutra by translated from the Chinese with an introduction and notes by William Gemmell

A philosophy forced upon the convictions of the observer by the disheartening prevalence of the optimist with his scarecrow hope and his unsightly smile. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

John Galsworthy Their philosophy is bounded by their smoky little streets. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford Simple philosophy of the contest! . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

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]

H. G. Wells Physics has been floundering and mathematicians have been trying to straighten out their bent philosophy ever since. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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

Sinclair Lewis He had worked on railroad section gangs, in harvest fields and contractors’ camps, and from his adventures he had brought back a philosophy of simplicity and laughter. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Their oaths I hear at this moment: they shook my philosophy more than did the night, or the isolation, or the strangeness of the scene. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson Beyond this hint philosophy is silent on his career, and superstition steps in with the more ready explanation that he was detested of the gods. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Francis Bacon Now in such mixtures of theology with philosophy only the received doctrines of philosophy are included; while new ones, albeit changes for the better, are all but expelled and exterminated. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

He, a disciple of Confucius, found no present relief in the tags of the master’s philosophy that he could call to mind. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Olaf Stapledon After Leibniz, leadership in philosophy passed for a while to Britain, and its main theme was not metaphysics but the theory of knowledge. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

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]

Andrew Lang Now, Lucretius represents nothing but the reaction against all this dread of future doom, whether that dread was inculcated by Platonic philosophy or by popular belief. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis I don’t know the philosophy of it; perhaps it means that we retain a decent simplicity, no matter how much we are tied to Things, to houses and motors and expensive wives. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Olaf Stapledon The fault, however, has lain not with philosophy but with certain philosophers. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

James Joyce You are a distressing pair, you and Cranly. Lynch made a grimace at the raw grey sky and said: — If I am to listen to your esthetic philosophy give me at least another cigarette. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli All his boasted philosophy vanished; his artificial feelings fled him. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

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

Gertrude Stein I am so sorry but really I do not feel a bit like an examination paper in philosophy to-day, and left. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

H. G. Wells You asked Which is right? What were these inconsistencies? That was the beginning of philosophy for you. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arthur Schopenhauer I shall be told, I suppose, that my philosophy is comfortless — because I speak the truth; and people prefer to be assured that everything the Lord has made is good. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

G. K. Chesterton Doubtless, for instance, a million comic writers of that epoch had made game of the dark, romantic young man who pretended to abysses of philosophy and despair. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

D. H. Lawrence In philosophy she was brought to the conclusion that the human desire is the criterion of all truth and all good. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

It cannot be questioned that the strong optimism in Emerson’s philosophy was derived from Doctor Channing’s instruction, and it is equally certain that Hawthorne could never agree to this. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

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]

Thomas Wolfe We were deep in philosophy at Pine Rock. We juggled such formidable terms as “concepts”, “categorical imperatives”, and “moments of negation” in a way that would have made Spinoza blush. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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]

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]

G. K. Chesterton Their philosophy of the dandelion is not that all weeds are flowers; but rather that all flowers are weeds. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

G. K. Chesterton So it was with Carlyle. His supreme contribution, both to philosophy and literature, was his sense of the sarcasm of eternity. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

When lost in a philosophy or doctrine go upward. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

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

This forerunner in philosophy was also an elegant writer, an historian, and a wit. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

It was pre-eminently a philosophy of experience, both in its method and in its results. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

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

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]

John Galsworthy No religion and no philosophy will satisfy me — words, all words. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Damaris Cudworth, inheriting her father’s tastes, took great interest in learning of all kinds, and specially in philosophy and theology. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

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

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

This was child’s play to Hamilton, who had been out since Mons; and Amos, after taking a day to get used to it, wrapped himself in his grim philosophy and rather enjoyed it. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Charles Dickens And to this hour I very much question whether the humane boast that it is not like one, has its root in the true wisdom or philosophy of the matter. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

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]

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

G. K. Chesterton In the elementary philosophy of the thing, of course, what moved Stevenson was what moved Wordsworth; the unanswerable fact of that first vividness in the vision of life. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Olaf Stapledon European philosophy has been mainly intellectualistic in temper; Indian philosophy has been mainly mystical. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

John Hill Burton There is here an apt parallel with the philosophy of Bacon. Long before his day experiments were made, and thinkers, even in their emptiest theories, in some shape or other looked to experience. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

If an accident does happen, they call it a disgrazia, thus confirming the soundness of a philosophy which I put forward in an earlier work. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

It is one of those eulogistic words that both sides claim — for almost no one is willing to advertise his philosophy as a system of irrationality. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Berkeley Tenthly, it will be objected that the notions we advance are inconsistent with several sound truths in philosophy and mathematics. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

Like many an Englishman of his type, he had his own clear, if unexpressed, philosophy of life. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

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]

The most a philosophy can hope for is not to lock out any interest forever. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

John Morley The mantle of philosophy was rent in a hundred places, and bitter winds entered at a hundred holes, but they only drew it the more closely around them. Voltaire by John Morley

Walter Scott Edward stood by his mother, and felt the same palpitation, which his philosophy was at a loss to account for. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Green Ingersoll Whoever has quit growing, he is orthodox, whether in art, politics, religion, philosophy — no matter what. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

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]

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]

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

Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire, therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that science. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Zona Gale For as they went about the island it was revealed that the remainder of the world is asleep with science for a pillow and the night-lamp of philosophy casting shadows. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Olaf Stapledon If this is correct, then the practical upshot of our survey of philosophy is obvious. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

It is perplexing, but it is philosophy; and modem philosophy like modern music is nothing if it is not perplexing. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

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]

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 Morley The philosophy of the majority of men is nothing more shaped and incorporate than a little group of potential and partially incoherent tendencies. Voltaire by John Morley

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]

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]

It fitted in with his philosophy of life. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is, in fact, the view which Reason, both speculative and practical, that is, philosophy and virtue, take. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Francis Bacon Yet this very philosophy it is that ought to be esteemed the great mother of the sciences. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

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

When philosophy was almost synonymous with the arid discussion of scholastic subtleties, he wrote so as to interest statesmen and men of the world. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

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]

My philosophy when I left London was of a very worldly sort, and no one can change his temperament in three weeks. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

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]

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

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]

The Bishop of Larborough had long ago extended the Christian philosophy to include the belief that the underdog is always right. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

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

In these animal stories we find most of the significant qualities of literature, humor, romance, tragedy, mysticism, and symbolic poetry, with a deep underlying philosophy of life pervading them all. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

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

At the back of his mind he had a great fear of death, against which the consolations were void of that robust philosophy which he preached in public. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

G. K. Chesterton The proposition that Victorian women have done well in politics and philosophy is not necessarily an untrue proposition; but it is a partisan proposition. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon For ever since philosophy began, philosophers have been addicted to making metaphysical statements, and yet they have been unable to come to any agreement. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

G. K. Chesterton She was too strong and too weak, or (as a false sex philosophy would express it) too masculine and too feminine. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

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]

Guy de Maupassant And my father, in a fit of anger, sent me to finish my course of philosophy at Ribaudet’s school. The Question of Latin (La Question du latin) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Oliver Goldsmith The consolations of philosophy are very amusing, but often fallacious. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

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]

Maria Edgeworth One principle of philosophy he practically possessed in perfection; he enjoyed the present, undisturbed by any unavailing regret for the past, or troublesome solicitude about the future. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

I indeed believe that very few will presume to compare his philosophy in any respect with that of Sir Isaac Newton. The former is an essay, the latter a masterpiece. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Olaf Stapledon His philosophy is often regarded as at once arid and fantastic, but to the philosophic mind it affords a very interesting and fertile study. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

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]

Edith Wharton This philosophy had at first enchanted Lansing; but now it began to rouse vague fears. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Thomas Wolfe I don’t know how it goes with students of this generation, but to those of us who were in college twenty years ago philosophy was serious business. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Francis Bacon And yet these very discoveries which we have just mentioned are older than philosophy and intellectual arts. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]