A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.
Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily...
Doubt is to certainty as neurosis is to psychosis. The neurotic is in doubt and has fears about persons and things; the psychotic has convictions and makes claims about them. In short, the neurotic has problems, the psychotic has solutions.
The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love.
Men are rewarded or punished not for what they do but for how their acts are defined. That is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in better behaving themselves.
Punishment is now unfashionable... because it creates moral distinctions among men, which, to the democratic mind, are odious. We prefer a meaningless collective guilt to a meaningful individual responsibility.
People often say that this or that person has not yet found himself. But the self is not something one finds, it is something one creates.
Masturbation: the primary sexual activity of mankind. In the nineteenth century it was a disease; in the twentieth, it's a cure.
Suicide is a fundamental human right. This does not mean that it is morally desirable. It only means that society does not have the moral right to interfere
Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
The proverb warns that 'You should not bite the hand that feeds you.' But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.