The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order.
We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them.
The worth of men consists in their liability to persuasion. . . . Civilisation is the maintenance of social order, by its own inherent persuasiveness as embodying the nobler alternative. The recourse to force, however unavoidable, is a disclosure of the f
The vigour of civilised societies is preserved by the widespread sense that high aims are worth while. Vigorous societies harbour a certain extravagance of objectives, so that men wander beyond the safe provision of personal gratifications. All strong int
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
Ideas won't keep something must be done about them.
Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced.
It is the first step in sociological wisdom, to recognize that the major advances in civilisation are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur: like unto an arrow in the hand of a child. The art of free society consists first in the
Religion is what a person does in his solitariness.
There are no whole truths all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up.
It does not matter what men say in words, so long as their activities are controlled by settled instincts. The words may ultimately destroy the instincts. But until this has occurred, words do not count. - from Science and the Modern World
If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
Speak out in acts; the time for words has passed, and only deeds will suffice.
Actors are loved because they are unoriginal. Actors stick to their script. The unoriginal man is loved by the mediocrity because this kind of artistic expression is something to which the merest five-eighth can climb.
Art flourishes where there is a sense of adventure.
Without adventure civilization is in full decay
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
I have always noticed that deeply and truly religious persons are fond of a joke, and I am suspicious of those who aren't
I would be a billionaire if I was looking to be a selfish boss. That's not me.