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, 1872 -
Order, unity, and continuity are human inventions, just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.
A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
The slave is doomed to worship time and fate and death, because they are greater than anything he finds in himself, and because all his thoughts are of things which they devour.
Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.
Those who forget good and evil and seek only to know the facts are more likely to achieve good than those who view the world through the distorting medium of their own desires.
To acquire immunity to eloquence is of the utmost importance to the citizens of a democracy.
To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth's surface relative to other matter; second, telling other people to do so.
The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
Right discipline consists, not in external compulsion, but in the habits of mind which lead spontaneously to desirable rather than undesirable activities.
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.
The most savage controversies are about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way.
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
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