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The worth of a gift lies as much in the way it is offered as in its intrinsic value.
Science has explained nothing the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.
It's a little embarrassing that after 45 years of research & study, the best advice I can give people is to be a little kinder to each other.
Orgy-porgy, round and round and round, beating one another in six-eight time.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
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?
I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Sleep is the most blessed and blessing of all natural graces.
All gods are homemade, and it is we who pull their strings, and so, give them the power to pull ours.
The world and the friends that lived in it are shadows: you alone remain real in this drowsing room.
One can’t have something for nothing. Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson - paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty.
However expressive, symbols can never be the things they stand for.
Every change is a menace to stability.
Liberties aren't given, they are taken.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
One of the principal functions of a friend is to suffer (in a milder and symbolic form) the punishments that we should like, but are unable, to inflict upon our enemies.
What fun it would be, " he thought, "if one didn't have to think about happiness!
They intoxicate themselves with work so they won't see how they really are.
That all men are equal is a proposition which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.
I’m not denying their kindness, ” said the Rani. “But after all kindness isn’t the only virtue.
Why should human females become sterile in their forties while female crocodiles continue to lay eggs into their third century?
Man approaches the unattainable truth through a succession of errors.
What we think and feel and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and our viscera.
That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.
To associate with other like-minded people in small purposeful groups is for the great majority of men and women a source of profound psychological satisfaction.
What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
The advertisement is one of the most interesting and difficult of modern literary forms.
He was a philosopher, if you know what that was.’‘A man who dreams of fewer things than there are in heaven and earth, ’ said the Savage promptly.‘Quite so…
The greater a man's talents, the greater his power to lead astray.
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously overcompensates a secret doubt.
[T]he vast majority of human beings are not interested in reason or satisfied with what it teaches.
The trouble with fiction, " said John Rivers, "is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which, at ordinary times, no sane human being has ever given his assent.
Back to culture. Yes, actually to culture. You can’t consume much if you sit still and read books.
In silence, an act is an act is an act. Verbalized and discussed, it becomes an ethical problem ...
An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood.
There's only one effectively redemptive sacrifice, the sacrifice of self-will to make room for the knowledge of God.
He liked to think of himself as a merciless vivisector probing into the palpitating entrails of his own soul.
Happiness is a hard master - particularly other people's happiness.
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.
Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.
Speed provides the one genuinely modern pleasure.
Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness.
That all men are equal is a proposition to which at ordinary times no sane individual has ever given his assent.
You pays your money and you takes your choice.
As a lover or a dipsomaniac, I've no doubt of your being a most fascinating specimen. But as a combiner of forms, you must honestly admit it, you're a bore.
The only cure for science is more science, not less. We are suffering from the effects of a little science badly applied. The remedy is a lot of science, well applied.
Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.