Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims.
The history of India for many centuries had been happier, less fierce, and more dreamlike than any other history. In these favorable conditions, they built a character - meditative and peaceful and a nation of philosophers such as could nowhere have existed except in India.
The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.
The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought.
I never yet heard of a useless thing that was not ground out of existence by evolution sooner or later.
We believe that some of Adam's characteristics can still be seen in Southern Africa but we need to find out what they are,
Strength is the outcome of need security sets a premium on feebleness.
Once the command of the air is obtained by one of the contending armies, the war becomes a conflict between a seeing host and one that is blind.
We are living in 1937, and our universities, I suggest, are not half-way out of the fifteenth century. We have made hardly any changes in our conception of university organization, education, graduation, for a century - for several centuries.
Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning.
We have learned now that we cannot regard this planet as being fenced in and a secure abiding place for Man we can never anticipate the unseen good or evil that may come upon us suddenly out of space.
The project is to focus on reconstructing how humans moved around the world, to tell of their migratory routes,
Human history in essence is the history of ideas.
A time will come when a politician who has willfully made war and promoted international dissension will be as sure of the dock and much surer of the noose than a private homicide. It is not reasonable that those who gamble with men's lives should not stake their own.
He, I know--for the question had been discussed among us long before the Time Machine was made--thought but cheerlessly of the Advancement of Mankind, and saw in the growing pile of civilization only a foolish heaping that must inevitably fall back upon and destroy its makers in the end.
Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.
I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.
I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.
Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia.
There's nothing wrong in suffering, if you suffer for a purpose. Our revolution didn't abolish danger or death. It simply made danger and death worthwhile.
The science of economics hangs like a gathering fog in a valley, a fog which begins nowhere and goes nowhere, an incidental, unmeaning inconvenience to passers-by.
I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.
By the toll of a billion deaths man has bought his birthright of the earth, and it is his against all comers it would still be his were the Martians ten times as mighty as they are. For neither do men live nor die in vain.
Crime and bad lives are the measure of a State's failure, all crime in the end is the crime of the community.
The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.
Man is the unnatural animal, the rebel child of nature, and more and more does he turn himself against the harsh and fitful hand that reared him.
If you fell down yesterday, stand up today.
I hope, or I could not live.
The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection.
There comes a moment in the day when you have written your pages in the morning, attended to your correspondence in the afternoon, and have nothing further to do. Then comes that hour when you are bored that's the time for sex.
There is, though I do not know how there is or why there is, a sense of infinite peace and protection in the glittering hosts of heaven.
After people have repeated a phrase a great number of times, they begin to realize it has meaning and may even be true.
Heresies are experiments in man's unsatisfied search for truth.
She writes like a loom, producing her broad rich fabric with hardly a thought of how it will make up into a shape, while I write to cover a frame of ideas.
And the goal is to sample DNA from people all over the world, both indigenous populations and the general public,
The only true measure of success is the ratio between what we might have done and what we might have been on the one hand, and the thing we have made and the things we have made of ourselves on the other.
Cynicism is humor in ill health.
Bah The thing is not a nose at all, but a bit of primordial chaos clapped on to my face.
The past is but the past of a beginning.
Leaders should lead as far as they can and then vanish. Their ashes should not choke the fire they have lit.
Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.
So it really is a synthetic effort to understand our common past.
What really matters is what you do with what you have.
If we don't end war, war will end us.
Genetics, I think, resoundingly has answered the question of where we ultimately came from, we came out of Africa. And we came out quite recently, within the last 50 or 60 thousand years,
The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf - it's almost a law.
Looking at these stars suddenly dwarfed my own troubles and all the gravities of terrestrial life. I thought of their unfathomable distance, and the slow inevitable drift of their movements out of the unknown past into the unknown future.
History is a race between education and catastrophe.
You have learned something. That always feels at first as if you had lost something.
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