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Who Said It? The Philosopher Quotes Quiz
by Staff
How much do you know about great thoughts and big thinkers? Take this quiz to match the philosophers with their famous quotes.

"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."

  • Plato
  • William James
  • Bertrand Russell

"All sins are attempts to fill voids."

  • Immanuel Kant
  • Confucius
  • Simone Weil

"God is dead! He remains dead! And we have killed him."

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Karl Marx

"Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit."

  • Annette Baier
  • Margaret Cavendish
  • Mary Warnock

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

  • Rene Descartes
  • Heraclitus
  • Socrates

"Man is condemned to be free."

  • John Locke
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Jean-Paul Sartre

“To be is to be perceived.”

  • Bishop George Berkeley
  • Socrates
  • John Stuart Mill

"What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others."

  • Confucius
  • Aristotle
  • Niccolo Machiavelli

"They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch."

  • Marquis de Sade
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

"The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it."

  • St. Augustine
  • Epicurus
  • Aristotle

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Joseph Hayden
  • Franz Liszt

"Always do right — this will gratify some and astonish the rest."

  • Sun Tzu
  • Mark Twain
  • Abba Eban

"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing."

  • Socrates
  • Voltaire
  • Baruch Spinoza

"Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws."

  • Confucius
  • Socrates
  • Plato

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

  • Aristotle
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

"Give me chastity and continence, but not yet."

  • A. J. Liebling
  • Ayn Rand
  • St. Augustine

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but of how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”

  • Karl Marx
  • Immanuel Kant
  • Rene Descartes

"In order to be an image of God, the spirit must turn to what is eternal, hold it in spirit, keep it in memory, and by loving it, embrace it in the will."

  • Edith Stein
  • Gendun Druppa
  • Deepak Chopra

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

  • Dante
  • Voltaire
  • George Washington Carver

"In the information age, you don't teach philosophy as they did after feudalism. You perform it. If Aristotle were alive today, he'd have a talk show."

  • Helen Mirren
  • Timothy Leary
  • Albert Einstein

"We have art to save ourselves from the truth."

  • Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Clarence Darrow
  • Friedrich Nietzsche

"Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder."

  • William Blake
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Thomas Aquinas

"There is only one good — knowledge — and one evil — ignorance."

  • William James
  • Aristotle
  • Socrates

"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."

  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Oscar Wilde

"Leisure is the mother of philosophy."

  • Thomas Hobbes
  • William James
  • Rene Descartes

"Plato was a bore."

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Epictetus
  • George Santayana

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."

  • Henry David Thoreau
  • Jean Cocteau
  • Bertrand Russell

"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."

  • Robert Frost
  • William James
  • Voltaire

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

  • Soren Aabye Kierkegaard
  • Bertrand Russell
  • H. G. Wells