I think we ought always to entertain our opinions with some measure of doubt. I shouldn't wish people dogmatically to believe any philosophy, not even mine.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who'll get the blame.
People are zealous for a cause when they are not quite positive that it is true
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.
Conventional people are roused to fury by departure from convention, largely because they regard such departure as a criticism of themselves.
Many people when they fall in love look for a little haven of refuge from the world, where they can be sure of being admired when they are not admirable, and praised when they are not praiseworthy.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion has anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it.
The most essential characteristic of scientific technique is that it proceeds from experiment, not from tradition. The experimental habit of mind is a difficult one for most people to maintain ; indeed, the science of one generation has already become the tradition of the next...
First of all: what is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first one is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid.
I once devised a test question which I put to many people to discover whether they were pessimists. The question was: If you had the power to destroy the world, would you do so?