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Auguste Comte was a French philosopher credited as the founder of the doctrine of positivism, and the discipline of praxeology. In the modern sense of the term, he is often considered the first philosopher of science. In order to rectify the social melancholy of the French Revolution, he developed the positive philosophy. Comte became a major influence on the 19th-century thought and in turn influenced the thoughts and works of social thinkers, such as George Eliot, Karl Max, and John Stuart Mill. We have curated some most popular, insightful, enlightening and interesting quotes and sayings by Auguste Comte, which have been excerpted from his writings, books, philosophies, doctrines, thoughts, works, and life. Take a look at some notable quotes and sayings by Auguste Comte on chaos, learning, yourself, history, science, philosophy, destiny, political determinations, etc.

The sacred formula of positivism: love as a principle, the order as a foundation, and progress as a goal.

- Auguste Comte

Religion is an illusion of childhood, outgrown under proper education.

- Auguste Comte

Positivism is a theory of knowledge according to which the only kind of sound knowledge available to human kind is that if science grounded in observation.

- Auguste Comte

Nothing is destroyed until it is replaced.

- Auguste Comte

Know yourself to improve yourself.

- Auguste Comte

To reorganize society without God or King, by the systematic culture of Humanity.

- Auguste Comte

Each department of knowledge passes through three stages. The theoretic stage; the theological stage and the metaphysical or abstract stage.

- Auguste Comte

The only real life is the collective life of the race; individual life has no existence except as an abstraction.

- Auguste Comte

Woman is the most moral element in all humanity.

- Auguste Comte

Everything is relative; and only that is absolute.

- Auguste Comte

If we do not allow free thinking in chemistry or biology, why should we allow it in morals or politics?

- Auguste Comte

Every science consists in the coordination of facts; if the different observations were entirely isolated, there would be no science.

- Auguste Comte

All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon's time, that there can be no real knowledge but that which is based on observed facts. This is incontestable, in our present advanced stage; but, if we look back to the primitive stage of human knowledge, we shall see that it must have been otherwise then. If it is true that every theory must be based upon observed facts, it is equally true that facts cannot be observed without the guidance of some theory. Without such guidance, our facts would be desultory and fruitless; we could not retain them: for the most part we could not even perceive them.

- Auguste Comte

To understand a science it is necessary to know its history.

- Auguste Comte

The law is this: that each of our leading conceptions-each branch of our knowledge-passes successively through three different theoretical conditions: the Theological, or fictitious: the Metaphysical, or abstract; and the Scientific, or positive.

- Auguste Comte

Humanity is always made up of more dead than living.

- Auguste Comte

The dead govern the living.

- Auguste Comte

Mathematical Analysis is... the true rational basis of the whole system of our positive knowledge.

- Auguste Comte

Induction for deduction, with a view to construction.

- Auguste Comte

In mathematics we find the primitive source of rationality; and to mathematics must the biologists resort for means to carry out their researches.

- Auguste Comte

But now, I, August Comte, have discovered the truth. Therefore, there is no longer any need for freedom of thought or freedom of the press. I want to rule and to organize the whole country.

- Auguste Comte

Foreknowledge is power.

- Auguste Comte

C'este donc par l'étude des mathématiques, et seulement par elle, que l'on peut se faire une idée juste et approfondie de ce que c'est qu'une science.

- Auguste Comte

All good intellects have repeated, since Bacon's time, that there can be no real knowledge but which is based on observed facts.

- Auguste Comte

Ideas govern the world, or throw it into chaos.

- Auguste Comte