Educational legislation nowadays is largely in the hands of illiterate people, and the illiterate will take good care that their illiteracy is not made a reproach on them.
Simplicity is an acquired taste. Mankind, left free, instinctively complicates life.
The real drawback to the simple life is that it is not simple. If you are living it, you positively can do nothing else. There is not time.
The great mistake of the reformers is to believe that life begins and ends with health, and that happiness begins and ends with a full stomach and the power to enjoy physical pleasures, even of the finer kind.
There is no morality by instinct. There is no social salvation in the end without taking thought; without mastery of logic and application of logic to human experience.
Civilization is merely an advance in taste: accepting, all the time, nicer things, and rejecting nasty ones.
Many of us do not believe in capital punishment, because thus society takes from a man what society cannot give.
Ignorance of what real learning is, and a consequent suspicion of it; materialism, and a consequent intellectual laxity, both of these have done destructive work in the colleges.
One of the reasons, surely, why women have been credited with less perfect veracity than men is that the burden of conventional falsehood falls chiefly on them.
The aristocracy most widely developed in America is that of wealth.
Individual freedom and individual equality cannot co-exist. I dare say no one since Thomas Jefferson has really believed it.
All violations of essential privacy are brutalizing.
Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for the alien who comes among us.