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No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.
Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.
The task of a university is the creation of the future, so far as rational thought and civilized modes of appreciation can affect the issue.
The guiding motto in the life of every natural philosopher should be, seek simplicity and distrust it.
No period of history has ever been great or ever can be that does not act on some sort of high, idealistic motives, and idealism in our time has been shoved aside, and we are paying the penalty for it.
The absolute pacifist is a bad citizen; times come when force must be used to uphold right, justice and ideals.
In formal logic, a contradiction is the signal of defeat, but in the evolution of real knowledge it marks the first step in progress toward a victory.
What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like and immorality is what they dislike.
Our minds are finite, and yet even in these circumstances of finitude we are surrounded by possibilities that are infinite, and the purpose of life is to grasp as much as we can out of that infinitude.
If a dog jumps into your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.
Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.
Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct form ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended.
Human life is driven forward by its dim apprehension of notions too general for its existing language.
There are no whole truths: all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays to the devil.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous; and it is among the merits of science that it equips the future for its duties.
But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided.
Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame; obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning, or destroyed it altogether.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them. When the idea is new, its custodians have fervor, live for it, and if need be, die for it.
Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.
Philosophy begins in wonder. And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.