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The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
My fate cannot be mastered; it can only be collaborated with and thereby, to some extent, directed. Nor am I the captain of my soul; I am only its noisiest passenger.
A democracy which makes or even effectively prepares for modern, scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic. No country can be really well prepared for modern war unless it is governed by a tyrant, at the head of a highly trained and perfectly
Hell isn't merely paved with good intentions; it's walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.
One of the great attractions of patriotism - it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.
The vast majority of human beings dislike and even actually dread all notions with which they are not familiar… Hence it comes about that at their first appearance innovators have generally been persecuted, and always derided as fools and madmen.
The most valuable of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it has to be done, whether you like it or not.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.
Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important of all the lessons of history.
The worst enemy of life, freedom and the common decencies is total anarchy; their second worst enemy is total efficiency.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
Perhaps it's good for one to suffer. Can an artist do anything if he's happy? Would he ever want to do anything? What is art, after all, but a protest against the horrible inclemency of life?
The propagandist's purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.
Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting.
Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty - his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth. By simply not mentioning certain subjects… totalitarian propagandists have influenced opinion much more effectively than they could have by the most eloquent denu
Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hallmark of true science.
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
The most distressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.
The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.
From their experience or from the recorded experience of others (history), men learn only what their passions and their metaphysical prejudices allow them to learn.
A belief in hell and the knowledge that every ambition is doomed to frustration at the hands of a skeleton have never prevented the majority of human beings from behaving as though death were no more than an unfounded rumor.
The most shocking fact about war is that its victims and its instruments are individual human beings, and that these individual beings are condemned by the monstrous conventions of politics to murder or be murdered in quarrels not their own.
If human beings were shown what they're really like, they'd either kill one another as vermin, or hang themselves.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
Science has explained nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.
You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear.
So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable.
Uncontrolled, the hunger and thirst after God may become an obstacle, cutting off the soul from what it desires. If a man would travel far along the mystic road, he must learn to desire God intensely but in stillness, passively and yet with all his heart
It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than 'try to be a little kinder.'
Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
A bad book is as much of a labor to write as a good one, it comes as sincerely from the author's soul.
Amour is the one human activity of any importance in which laughter and pleasure preponderate, if ever so slightly, over misery and pain.
The impulse to cruelty is, in many people, almost as violent as the impulse to sexual love - almost as violent and much more mischievous.
It was one of those evenings when men feel that truth, goodness and beauty are one. In the morning, when they commit their discovery to paper, when others read it written there, it looks wholly ridiculous.
There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
What with making their way and enjoying what they have won, heroes have no time to think. But the sons of heroes - ah, they have all the necessary leisure.
Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.
Bondage is the life of personality, and for bondage the personal self will fight with tireless resourcefulness and the most stubborn cunning.
Like every other good thing in this world, leisure and culture have to be paid for. Fortunately, however, it is not the leisured and the cultured who have to pay.
It takes two to make a murder. There are born victims, born to have their throats cut, as the cut-throats are born to be hanged.