6 semi-funny philosophy quotes with pictures

Here are some mildly amusing things some philosophers said:

You’re all ANIMALS

the mass of mankind are evidently quite slavish in their tastes, preferring a life suitable to beasts

– Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Kind of like this guy

Salespeople are PATHETIC

In well-ordered States they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose

– Plato, Republic

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Take that, Wolf

Catholics are BIGOTS

It is essential to the ROMAN catholic religion to inspire a violent hatred of every other worship

– Hume, Of the Standard of Taste

This is accurate

GCSE English taught you nothing

Form and content are the most hackneyed concepts under which anything and everything may be subsumed

– Heidegger, The Origin of the Work of Art

Remember form and content from GCSE English? What does the poem say, and how does it say it? Wait, they’re not useful ways of reading literature? Dayum

Real men don’t bother appreciating art

art appears as a superfluity, even if the softening of the heart which preoccupation with beauty can produce does not altogether become exactly deleterious as downright effeminacy

– Hegel, Lectures on Aesthetics

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‘Art’s for GIRLS’

I’m a famous philosopher, so I can engage in bad arguments

Our argument is not flatly circular, but something like it. It has the form, figuratively speaking, of a closed curve in space.

– W.V.O. Quine, Two Dogmas of Empiricism

Just kidding y’all, he was being self-deprecating. I wouldn’t know if his argument was circular anyways

Pro tip for essays

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