Inspirational George Berkeley Quotes

George Berkeley (12 March 1685 – 14 January 1753) known as Bishop Berkeley (Bishop of Cloyne) — was an Irish philosopher. This post features some Inspirational George Berkeley Quotes.

George Berkeley’s primary achievement was the advancement of a theory he called “immaterialism” (later referred to as “subjective idealism” by others). This theory denies the existence of material substance and instead contends that familiar objects like tables and chairs are only ideas in the minds of perceivers, and as a result cannot exist without being perceived. Berkeley is also known for his critique of abstraction, an important premise in his argument for immaterialism.

In 1709, Berkeley published his first major work, An Essay towards a New Theory of Vision, in which he discussed the limitations of human vision and advanced the theory that the proper objects of sight are not material objects, but light and colour.

Interest in Berkeley’s work increased after World War II because he tackled many of the issues of paramount interest to philosophy in the 20th century, such as the problems of perception, the difference between primary and secondary qualities, and the importance of language.

George Berkeley quotes
George Berkeley quotes

George Berkeley Quotes

“Few men think; yet all have opinions.”
― George Berkeley

“All the choir of heaven and furniture of earth – in a word, all those bodies which compose the frame of the world – have not any subsistence without a mind.”
― George Berkeley

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”
― George Berkeley

“Others indeed may talk, and write, and fight about liberty, and make an outward pretence to it; but the free-thinker alone is truly free.”
― George Berkeley

“I know what I mean by the term I and myself; and I know this immediately, or intuitively, though I do not perceive it as I perceive a triangle, a colour, or a sound.”
― George Berkeley

“Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few.”
― George Berkeley quotes

“If we admit a thing so extraordinary as the creation of this world, it should seem that we admit something strange, and odd, and new to human apprehension, beyond any other miracle whatsoever.”
George Berkeley

“The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism, pursued to a certain point, bring men back to common sense.”
― George Berkeley

“Westward the course of empire takes its way;
The four first acts already past,
A fifth shall close the drama with the day:
Time’s noblest offspring is the last.”
― George Berkeley

“From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God.”
― George Berkeley

“From my own being, and from the dependency I find in myself and my ideas, I do, by an act of reason, necessarily infer the existence of a God, and of all created things in the mind of God.”
― George Berkeley

“That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.”
― George Berkeley

“The only things we perceive are our perceptions.”
― George Berkeley

“If the fact that brutes abstract not be made the distinguishing property of that sort of animal, I fear a great many of those that pass for men must be reckoned into their number.”
― George Berkeley

“He who says there is no such thing as an honest man, you may be sure is himself a knave.”
― George Berkeley

“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 ourselves–that we have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see.”
― George Berkeley

“Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day: Time’s noblest offspring is the last.”
― George Berkeley quotes

“The same principles which at first view lead to skepticism , pursued to a certain point , bring men back to common sense.”
― George Berkeley

“That there is no such thing as what philosophers call material substance, I am seriously persuaded: but if I were made to see any thing absurd or skeptical in this, I should then have the same reason to renounce this, that I imagine I have now to reject the contrary opinion.”
― George Berkeley

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