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Examples of philosophical phrases in English

Over the centuries the great thinkers have left their teachings to today’s society, however, there are some that have stood out more than others, these are known as philosophical phrases , which have been translated by generations into different languages . These are thoughts that invite you to reflect on the way you live and delve into your own emotions and how they are linked to day-to-day situations.

50 Examples of Philosophical Phrases in English

  • I can’t teach anything to anyone, I can only make them think / I can´t teach anything to anybody I just can make them think. -Socrates.
  • Do not hurt others with what causes pain to yourself. -Buddha.
  • The worst fight is the one that is not done. -Karl Marx
  • Poverty does not come from the decrease of wealth, but from the multiplication of desires / Poverty does not come by the diminution of riches, but by the multiplication of desires –Platón.
  • We see things, not as they are, but as we are / we don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. -Kant.
  • It takes a lifetime to learn how to live. –Séneca.
  • He who has a reason to live can face all the Hows. He who has a reason to live can face all the how-Friendrich Nietzche.
  • The measure of love is to love without measure / the messure of love is to love without messure. -San Agustin.
  • Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of whom we envy. – Heraclitus.
  • Often there is more to learn from the unexpected question of a child than from the speeches of one man –John Locke.
  • Everybody sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are / everybody can see what you pretend, few experience what you really are. – Machiavelli
  • Few times we think of what we have but always in what we are missing. –Schopenhauer.
  • I would never die for my beliefs because I could be wrong. –Bertrand Russell.
  • You must have confidence in yourself and that trust must be based on reality / we must have trust in ourselves and that trust must be based on reality. –Boddy Fischer.
  • Time gives it all and takes it all, everything changes yet nothing perishes. –Giordano Bruno.
  • Religion is something that a grown man should not have. It’s like the Three Wise Men, only for children / religion is something a grown man should not have, just like the three wise men, just for children. –Javier Krahe.
  • Only through education can man become a man. Man is nothing more than what education makes of him / just by education can one become a man. Man is what education makes of him. –Immanuel Kant.
  • Life is very simple, but we insist on making it complicated / life is very simple but we inist in making it complicated. -Confucius.
  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. –Henri Louis Berson.
  • Man is the measure of all things / man is the messure of all the things. –Protágoras.
  • It is important to teach to study on your own, to seek on your own, to wonder. –Mario Bunge.
  • Religion is excellent to keep quiet regular people. –Frank Zappa.
  • The secret of happiness is not always doing what you want, but always wanting what you do / the secret of happiness is not to do always what you love but to always love you do. –Tolstoy.
  • It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to what matters / it’s not what happens to your but how you react to it what matters. -Epithet.
  • Great results require great ambition. – Heraclitus.
  • Believe that your life deserves to be lived and that belief helps to create the fact. –William James
  • The select culture is the opium of democratic people. –Gustavo Bueno.
  • You must be shapeless, formless like water / you must remain shapeless like water Bruce Lee.
  • If you approach every situation as a matter of life and death, you will die many times. / if you face every situation as a matter or life or death you will die many times –Adam Smith.
  • In general, the nine tenths of our happiness is based on health / the nine tenth of our happiness is based on health. –Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • Who knows pain, knows everything / he who knows pain, knows everything. -Dante Alighieri
  • Follow the least, and not the vulgar / Follow the least, and not the vulgar. -Petrarch.
  • Philosophy is a struggle against the bewitchment of our intelligence through the use of language. –Ludwwig Wittgenstein.
  • Where quietness and meditation reign, there is no place for worry or dissipation. -Francisco de Asís.
  • Creativity, imagination and intuition, more than the base of the middle game, are indispensable, as well as the firm character; the triumph comes only with the fight / Creativity, imagination and intuition, more than the basis of the half game, are indispensable, as well as the firm character; the triumph only comes with the fight. –Gari Kasparov.
  • There is no revolutionary theory without revolutionary practice / There´s no revolutionary theory without revolutionary practice –Lenin.
  • We can imagine everything, predict everything, except how far we can sink. -AND. Cioran.
  • Being inactive is the short path to death, being diligent is a way of life, stupid people are inactive , wise are diligent. -Buddha.
  • Education generates trust, confidence generates hope, hope generates peace. -Confucius.
  • Learning to let go must be learned before learning to achieve, life must be touched, not strangled; you have to relax, let it happen, the rest moves with it / Learning to let go must be learned before learning to achieve, life must be touched, not strangled; you have to relax, let it happen, the rest moves with it. –Ray Bradbury.
  • It is not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life, it is the way to handle what happens to you / It is not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life, it is the way you handle what happens to you. -Zig Ziglar.
  • The master is the synthesis board of natural disposition and constant exercise / The master is the synthesis board of natural disposition and constant exercise. –Protágoras.
  • It’s easy to make things complicated, but difficult to make them simple. –Nietzsche.
  • The little I have learned is worthless, compared to what I do not know and I do not despair in learning. –Discard.
  • Anyone can become angry, that is very simple; but getting angry with the right person, in the right degree, at the right time, with the right purpose and in the right way, that certainly isn’t that easy / Anyone can get angry, that is very simple; but getting angry with the right person, in the exact degree, at the right time, with the right purpose and in the right way, that certainly is not so easy. -Aristotle.
  • Peace comes from within, do not look outside / peace comes from within, do not look outside. -Buddha.
  • Luck favors only the prepared mind. –Isaac Asimov.
  • Man is not the son of circumstances, but the circumstances are the creatures of man. -Epicurius.
  • Pain does not follow us, walk forward / Pain does not follow us, walk forward. -Porchia
  • It’s not that I’m afraid of dying, I just want to not be there when it happens / It’s not that I’m afraid of dying, I just want to not be there when it happens. -Woody Allen.

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