War does not determine who is right - only who is left.
A good notation has a subtlety and suggestiveness which at times make it almost seem like a live teacher.
A proverb is one man's wit and all men's wisdom.
With the introduction of agriculture mankind entered upon a long period of meanness, misery, and madness, from which they are only now being freed by the beneficent operation of the machine.
There is no difference between someone who eats too little and sees Heaven and someone who drinks too much and sees snakes
I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion, as organized in its Churches, has been and still is the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth - more than ruin, more even than death.
The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.
Some kind of philosophy is a necessity to all but the most thoughtless, and in the absence of knowledge it is almost sure to be a silly philosophy.
I cannot be content with a brief moment of riotous living followed by destitution, and however clever the scientists may be, there are some things that they cannot be expected to achieve
Folly is perennial, yet the human race has survived.
Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
It is not by prayer and humility that you cause things to go as you wish, but by acquiring a knowledge of natural laws
In the first place a philosophical proposition must be general. It must not deal specially with things on the surface of the earth, or within the solar system, or with any other portion of space and time.... This brings us to a second characteristic of philosophical propositions, namely that they must be a priori. A philosophical proposition must be such as can neither be proved nor disproved by empirical evidence.... Philosophy, if what has been said is correct, becomes indistinguishable from logic as that word has now come to be used.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
To be worthy of the name, he must be free of two things the force of tradition and tyranny of his own passions.
Young men and young women meet each other with much less difficulty than was formerly the case, and every housemaid expects at least once a week as much excitement as would have lasted a Jane Austen heroine throughout a whole novel
Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.
Three passions have governed my life The longings for love, the search for knowledge, And unbearable pity for the suffering of humankind. Love brings ecstasy and relieves loneliness. In the union of love I have seen In a mystic miniature the prefiguring v
To understand a name you must be acquainted with the particular of which it is a name.
Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
Philosophers, for the most part, are constitutionally timid, and dislike the unexpected. Few of them would be genuinely happy as pirates or burglars. Accordingly, they invent systems which make the future calculable, at least in its main outlines.
Our individual life is brief, and perhaps the whole life of mankind will be brief if measured in astronomical scale
The increase of organization has brought into existence new positions of power. Every body has to have executive officials, in whom, at any moment, its power is concentrated. It is true that officials are usually subject to control, but the control m
If you question any candid person who is no longer young, he is very likely to tell you that, having tasted life in this world, he has no wish to begin again as a new boy' in another.
The professors must not prevent us from realizing that history is fun, and that the most bizarre things really happen
There's a Bible on the shelf there. But I keep it next to Voltaire-poison and antidote.
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
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