14 Famous Philosophical Quotes Explained With Kanye Lyrics

Philosophical quotes can be needlessly obtuse, so let’s have Ye break it down for us. Everyone knows about his affinity for Nietzsche, but Yeezus has a lot more to teach his disciples about famous philosophical phrases.

1. Aristotle: “A friend to all is a friend to none.”

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2. Timothy Leary: “Think for yourself and question authority.”

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3. Marx: “Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex.”

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4. Rousseau: “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”

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5. Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”

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Note: This is a common, slightly misconstrued paraphrase of the actual quote: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours,” but that doesn’t usually fit on a coffee mug.

6. Plato: “The madness of love is the greatest of heaven’s blessings.”

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7. Ludwig Wittgenstein: “What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence.”

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8. Martin Luther: “For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a chapel.”

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9. Oliver Wendell Holmes: “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

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10. Ghandi: “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”

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11. Marx: “The only antidote to suffering is physical pain.”

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12. Confucius: “He who does not economize will have to agonize.”

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13. John Locke: “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common.”

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14. Plato: “Those who tell the stories rule society.”

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