Hypocrisy in anything whatever may deceive the cleverest and most penetrating man, but the least wide-awake of children recognizes it, and is revolted by it, however ingeniously it may be disguised.
If you want to be happy, be.
I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of thegreatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and mostobvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsityof conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues,which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven,thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.
The educated minority, although no longer believing in the existing religious teaching, still pretend to believe
Life consists in penetrating the unknown, and fashioning our actions in accord with the new knowledge thus acquired.
The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another's labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live.
Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking
The chief difference between words and deeds is that words are always intended for men for their approbation, but deeds can be done only for God.
Woman, you see, is an object of such a kind that study it as much as you will, it is always quite new.
Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
True life is lived when tiny changes occur.
It is easier to produce ten volumes of philosophical writing than to put one principle into practice
We lost because we told ourselves we lost.
It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.
Man lives consciously for himself, but is an unconscious instrument in the attainment of the historic, universal, aims of humanity.
Let us forgive each other - only then will we live in peace
A writer is dear and necessary for us only in the measure of which he reveals to us the inner workings of his very soul.
The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
The teaching of the church, theoretically astute, is a lie in practice and a compound of vulgar superstitions and sorcery
All violence consists in some people forcing others, under threat of suffering or death, to do what they do not want to do.
The time is fast approaching when to call a man a patriot will be the deepest insult you can offer him. Patriotism now means advocating plunder in the interest of the privileged classes of the particular State system into which we have happened to be born.
Don't seek God in temples. He is close to you. He is within you. Only you should surrender to Him and you will rise above happiness and unhappiness.
Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself.
I am convinced that the teaching of the church is in theory a crafty and evil lie, and in practice a concoction of gross superstition and witchcraft
In saying that without the power of the state, evil men would rule over the good. It is taken for granted that the good are precisely those who at the present time have power, and the bad the same who are no subjugated.
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