Who Said It? The Philosopher Quotes Quiz

By: Nathan Chandler

Who Said It? The Philosopher Quotes Quiz
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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
Russell was considered an analytic philosopher and pacifist.

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"All sins are attempts to fill voids."
Immanuel Kant
Confucius
Simone Weil
In spite of her poor health, Weil was full of philosophical ideas.

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"God is dead! He remains dead! And we have killed him."
Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche's assertion had him branded as an atheist.
Bertrand Russell
Karl Marx

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"Marriage is the grave or tomb of wit."
Annette Baier
Margaret Cavendish
Cavendish's many memorable quotes show that she never lost her wit.
Mary Warnock

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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Rene Descartes
Heraclitus
Socrates
Socrates has some of the most famous quotes in history.

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"Man is condemned to be free."
John Locke
Immanuel Kant
Jean-Paul Sartre
Sartre was well known for his existential views.

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“To be is to be perceived.”
Bishop George Berkeley
Berkeley also had some influence on the development of calculus.
Socrates
John Stuart Mill

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"What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others."
Confucius
Confucius taught this "Golden Rule."
Aristotle
Niccolo Machiavelli

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"They declaim against the passions without bothering to think that it is from their flame philosophy lights its torch."
Marquis de Sade
Marquis de Sade was a French aristocrat and is the namesake of the word "sadism."
Thomas Hobbes
Frank Lloyd Wright

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"The greater the difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it."
St. Augustine
Epicurus
This Greek philosopher Epicurus expended much energy towards living a happy and peaceful life.
Aristotle

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"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."
Ludwig van Beethoven
Of course, Beethoven had a vested interest in believing that line of thinking.
Joseph Hayden
Franz Liszt

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"Always do right — this will gratify some and astonish the rest."
Sun Tzu
Mark Twain
Twain cranked out many one-line philosophical rants.
Abba Eban

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"The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next."
Thomas Jefferson
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln may have been the most philosophical of American presidents
George Washington

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"The only thing I know is that I know nothing."
Socrates
But compared to most people, Socrates actually knew quite a bit about life.
Voltaire
Baruch Spinoza

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"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
Plato said this. The Greeks had more than their share of great philosophers.

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
Aristotle
Aristotle's idea still applies today, long after Athens fell.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

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"Give me chastity and continence, but not yet."
A. J. Liebling
Ayn Rand
St. Augustine
By some accounts, St. Augustine was a wild child.

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“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
Kant was regarded as one of the most important thinkers of the late 1700s.
Rene Descartes

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"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
Many of Stein's most famous sayings have religious leanings.
Gendun Druppa
Deepak Chopra

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"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."
Dante
Voltaire
Voltaire wasn't afraid of much of anything, garnering scorning from the established society of his day.
George Washington Carver

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"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
If only Leary were alive today to see how right he was.
Albert Einstein

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"We have art to save ourselves from the truth."
Thomas Henry Huxley
Clarence Darrow
Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche's big ideas cut through a life that was hampered by ill health.

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"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
Aquinas was also deeply respected as a member of the Catholic church.

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"There is only one good — knowledge — and one evil — ignorance."
William James
Aristotle
Socrates
Socrates demonstrated an uncanny grasp on the motivations of human behavior.

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"Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson is renowned for leading the transcendentalist movement.
Oscar Wilde

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"Leisure is the mother of philosophy."
Thomas Hobbes
Hobbes also thought human judgment was flawed and required guidance.
William James
Rene Descartes

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"Plato was a bore."
Friedrich Nietzsche
Nietzsche said this. Philosophers that hurl insults are the best kind.
Epictetus
George Santayana

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"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau said this. Maybe we should all go looking in the woods.
Jean Cocteau
Bertrand Russell

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"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."
Robert Frost
William James
Voltaire
Pretty music makes a nice cover for dumb ideas, according to Voltaire.

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"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
Russell was also a mathematician, where doubt at least sometimes takes a back seat to proof.
H. G. Wells

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