The search for something permanent is one of the deepest of the instincts leading men to philosophy.
The object of philosophy is the logical clarification of thoughts. Philosophy is not a theory but an activity. A philosophical work consists essentially of elucidations. The result of philosophy is not a number of “philosophical propositions”, but to make propositions clear. Philosophy should make clear and delimit sharply the thoughts which otherwise are, as it were, opaque and blurred.[Der Zweck der Philosophic ist die logische Klarung der Gedanken. Die Philosophic ist keine Lehre, sondern eine Tatigkeit. Ein philosophisches Werk besteht wesentlich aus Erlauterungen. Das Resultat der Philosophic sind nicht “philosophische Satze”, sondern das Klarwerden von Satzen. Die Philosophic soil die Gedanken, die sonst, gleichsam, triibe und verschwommen sind, klar machcn und scharf abgrcnzcn.]
The man whom philosophy leaves cold, and the man whom real faith does not illuminate, may be assured that the fault lies in them, not in knowledge and faith. The former is still an alien to philosophy, the latter an alien to faith.
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.
Philosophy, if it cannot answer so many questions as we could wish, has at least the power of asking questions which increase the interest of the world, and show the strangeness and wonder lying just below the surface even in the commonest things of daily life.
Philosophy is to be studied, not for the sake of any definite answers to its questions, since no definite answers can, as a rule, be known to be true, but rather for the sake of the questions themselves; because these questions enlarge our conception of what is possible, enrich our intellectual imagination and diminish the dogmatic assurance which closes the mind against speculation; but above all because, through the greatness of the universe which philosophy contemplates, the mind is also rendered great, and becomes capable of that union with the universe which constitutes its highest good.
Philosophy is not a theory but an activity.[Die Philosophie ist keine Lehre, sondern eine Tätigkeit.]
Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.[Die Philosophie ist ein Kampf gegen die Verhexung unsres Verstandes durch die Mittel unserer Sprache.]