Our dignity is not in what we do, but what we understand.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
A man's memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
... everything in nature is lyrical in its ideal essence, tragic in its fate, and comic in its existence.
Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.
Nonsense is so good only because common sense is so limited.
Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.
Love is only half the illusion the lover, but not his love, is deceived.
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
To attempt to be religious without practicing a specific religion is as possible as attempting to speak without a specific language.
History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren't there.
Friends need not agree in everything or go always together, or have no comparable other friendships of the same intimacy. On the contrary, in friendship union is more about ideal things and in that sense it is more ideal and less subject to trouble than marriage is.
The Bible is literature, not dogma.
Friendship is constant in all other things Save in the office and affairs of love.
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool.
Half our standards come from our first masters, and the other half from our first loves.
All living souls welcome whatsoever they are ready to cope with all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible.