The joke is generally in the oddest way the truth and yet not the fact.
The things said most confidently by advanced persons to crowded audiences are generally those opposite to the fact; it is actually our truisms that are untrue.
Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified.
When men have come to the edge of a precipice, it is the lover of life who has the spirit to leap backwards, and only the pessimist who continues to believe in progress.
Truth must necessarily be stranger than fiction; for fiction is the creation of the human mind and therefore congenial to it.
He has come to the most dreadful conclusion a literary man can come to, the conclusion that the ordinary view is the right one. It is only the last and wildest kind of courage that can stand on a tower before ten thousand people and tell them that twice two is four.
Latter-day scepticism is fond of calling itself progressive; but scepticism is really reactionary. Scepticism goes back; it attempts to unsettle what has already been settled. Instead of trying to break up new fields with its plough, it simply tries to break up the plough.
It is assumed that the skeptic has no bias; whereas he has a very obvious bias in favour of skepticism.