The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.
A businessman is the only man who is forever apologizing for his occupation.
A man does not know what he is saying until he knows what he is not saying.
A radical generally meant a man who thought he could somehow pull up the root without affecting the flower. A conservative generally meant a man who wanted to conserve everything except his own reason for conserving anything.
Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
Man does not live by soap alone; and hygiene, or even health, is not much good unless you can take a healthy view of it or, better still, feel a healthy indifference to it.
Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
Men always talk about the most important things to perfect strangers. In the perfect stranger we perceive man himself; the image of a God is not disguised by resemblances to an uncle or doubts of wisdom of a mustache.
Nothing is poetical if plain daylight is not poetical; and no monster should amaze us if the normal man does not amaze.
The cosmos is about the smallest hole that a man can hide his head in.
The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything.
The ordinary scientific man is strictly a sentimentalist. He is a sentimentalist in this essential sense, that he is soaked and swept away by mere associations.