Aside from the philosophy of William Godwin, who packed a lot of wisdom under his hat, I am especially fond of homespun philosophy. The sort of philosophy I associate with old loggers. Unlike Godwin's and other learned freethinkers', homespun philosophy tends to be whittled down to the point of general handiness.
I finished "No Country For Old Men" on the weekend. I do not much care for cop novels but this book is about much more than cops, crooks and their victims. There's lots of memorable lines I could quote but here is the one that has stuck with me like an old record. "...you never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from."