Our errors are surely not such awfully solemn things. In a world where we are so certain to incur them in spite of all our caution, a certain lightness of heart seems healthier than this excessive nervousness on their behalf.
Experience has ways of boiling over, and making us correct our present formulas
Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible
Act the part and you will become the part.
We want all our friends to tell us our bad qualities; it is only the particular ass that does so whom we can't tolerate
Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way
Habit is thus the enormous flywheel of society, its most precious conservative agent. It alone is what keeps us all within the bounds of ordinance, and saves the children of fortune from the envious uprisings of the poor.
A cowboy is a man with guts and a horse.
As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors.
An idea, to be suggestive, must come to the individual with the force of revelation.
The ideas gained by men before they are twenty-five are practically the only ideas they shall have in their lives.
Individuality is founded in feeling; and the recesses of feeling, the darker, blinder strata of character, are the only places in the world in which we catch real fact in the making
The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
It is only by risking our persons from one hour to another that we live at all.
Man, biologically considered, and whatever else he may be in the bargain, is simply the most formidable of all the beasts of prey, and, indeed, the only one that preys systematically on its own species
Mankind's common instinct for reality has always held the world to be essentially a theatre for heroism. In heroism, we feel, life's supreme mystery is hidden. We tolerate no one who has no capacity whatever for it in any direction. On the other hand
The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal
He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.
Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power
Philosophy is at once the most sublime and the most trivial of human pursuits.
Many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
Do every day or two something for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.
Religious awe is the same organic thrill which we feel in a forest at twilight, or in a mountain gorge
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism