Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power.
When one's ill or unhappy, one needs something outside oneself to hold one up. It is a good thing, I think, when one has been knocked out of one's balance . to have some external job or duty to hang on to.
Experience is not what happens to you it's what you do with what happens to you.
The quality of moral behaviour varies in inverse ratio to the number of human beings involved.
The course of every intellectual, if he pursues his journey long and unflinchingly enough, ends in the obvious, from which the non intellectuals have never stirred.
We participate in a tragedy at a comedy we only look.
You never see animals going through the absurd and often horrible fooleries of magic and religion. Only man behaves with such gratuitous folly. It is the price he has to pay for being intelligent but now, as yet, intelligent enough.
One of the great attractions of patriotism it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
The thin and precarious crust of decency is all that separates any civilization, however impressive, from the hell of anarchy or systematic tyranny which lie in wait beneath the surface.
Actual happiness looks pretty squalid in comparison with the overcompensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn???t nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the pi
Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness it is generally the by product of other activities.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.
At least two-thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religous or political ideas.
Never put off till tomorrow the fun you can have today.
Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.
Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital.
A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.
The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subltly and feel nobly.
Art is one of the means whereby man seeks to redeem a life which is experienced as chaotic, senseless, and largely evil.
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even dread all notions with which they are not familiar. Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have always been devided as fools and madmen.