Daily Philosophy Quote

Philosophy is a massive subject and it can be hard to find time each day to study it. The Daily Philosophy Quote aims to make this as easy as possible by sending a quote or short passage from a classic work of philosophy straight to your inbox each day. Each quote is paired with links to relevant articles, podcasts, and videos to make it easy to learn more. Sign up below to get started or get a preview of the first three emails in the series below:

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Real wisdom is not the knowledge of everything, but the knowledge of which things in life are necessary, which are less necessary, and which are completely unnecessary to know. Among the most necessary knowledge is the knowledge of how to live well, that is, how to produce the least possible evil and the greatest goodness in one’s life. At present, people study useless sciences, but forget to study this, the most important knowledge.

– Leo Tolstoy, A Calendar of Wisdom, March 16, trans. Peter Sekirin

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The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the cooperation or consent of his deliberate reason.

– Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy, XV

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Philosophy ought to question the basic assumptions of the age. Thinking through, critically and carefully, what most of us take for granted is, I believe, the chief task of philosophy, and the task that makes philosophy a worthwhile activity.

– Peter Singer, Animal Liberation, VI

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