I was thrown out of college for

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam: I looked into the soul of another boy.  ~Woody AllenLLDT

The point of philosophy is to start

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.  ~Bertrand Russell

What is the first business of philosophy

What is the first business of philosophy?  To part with self-conceit.  For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows.  ~Epictetus, DiscoursesWLBUQ

When he to whom one speaks does

When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.  ~Voltaire, Philosophical DictionaryHHQ

Philosophy cannot raise the commonalty up to

Philosophy cannot raise the commonalty up to her level: so, if she is to become popular, she must sink to theirs.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Upon the whole i am inclined to

Upon the whole, I am inclined to think that the far greater part, if not all, of those difficulties which have hitherto amused philosophers, and blocked up the way to knowledge, are entirely owing to our selves.  That we have first raised a dust, and then complain, we cannot see.  ~George Berkeley

And this activity alone would seem to

And this activity alone would seem to be loved for its own sake; for nothing arises from it apart from the contemplating, while from practical activities we gain more or less apart from the action.  And happiness is thought to depend on leisure; for we are busy that we may have leisure, and make war that we may live in peace.  ~Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, "Book X: Pleasure and Happiness," translated by W.D. Ross