The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
Nothing is more unpleasant that a virtuous person with a mean mind.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything
Business is really more agreeable than pleasure; it interests the whole mind ... more deeply. But it does not look as if it did.
The beginning of civilization is marked by an intense legality; that legality is the very condition of its existence, the bond which ties it together; but that legality - that tendency to impose a settled customary yoke upon all men and all actions -
I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
Life is a school of probability
Life is not a set campaign, but an irregular work, and the main forces in it are not overt resolutions, but latent and half-involuntary promptings
Money is economic power
The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.