Truth must of necessity be stranger than fiction...for fiction is the creation of the human mind, and therefore is congenial to it.
The academic mind reflects infinity, and is full of light by the simple process of being shallow and standing still.
The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.
The trouble with always trying to preserve the health of the body is that it is so difficult to do without destroying the health of the mind.
Whether the human mind can advance or not, is a question too little discussed, for nothing can be more dangerous than to found our social philosophy on any theory which is debatable but has not been debated.
I say it is better to see a horse as a monster than to see it only as a slow substitute for a motor-car. If we have got into that state of mind about a horse as something stale, it is far better to be frightened of a horse because it is a good deal too fresh.
All things are from God; and above all, reason and imagination and the great gifts of the mind. They are good in themselves; and we must not altogether forget their origin even in their perversion.
It is largely because the free-thinkers, as a school, have hardly made up their minds whether they want to be more optimist or more pessimist than Christianity that their small but sincere movement has failed.