No man who worships education has got the best out of education... Without a gentle contempt for education no man's education is complete.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere.
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost.
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to that arrogant oligarchy who merely happen to be walking around.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
Journalism largely consists of saying Lord Jones is Dead to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.
The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.
What people call impartiality may simply mean indifference, and what people call partiality may simply mean mental activity.
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
I am not fighting a hopeless fight. People who have fought in real fights don't, as a rule.
When everything about a people is for the time growing weak and ineffective, it begins to talk about efficiency. So it is that when a man's body is a wreck he begins, for the first time, to talk about health. Vigorous organisms talk not about their processes, but about their aims.
Human nature simply cannot subsist without a hope and aim of some kind; as the sanity of the Old Testament truly said, where there is no vision the people perisheth. But it is precisely because an ideal is necessary to man that the man without ideals is in permanent danger of fanaticism.
Is there anyone... who will maintain that the Party System could have been created by people particularly fond of truth?
Journalism largely consists in saying 'Lord Jones Dead' to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
He did not know the way things were going: he was too Victorian to understand the Victorian epoch. He did not know enough ignorant people to have heard the news.
He had the notion that because I am a clergyman I should believe anything. Many people have little notions of that kind.
Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.
If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life.