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To measure a man's happiness only by what he gets, and not also by what he expects to get, is as futile as to try and express a fraction which shall have a numerator but no denominator.

To measure a man's happiness only by what he gets, and not also by what he expects to get, is as futile as to try and express a fraction which shall have a numerator but no denominator.


         

Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.

Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.


         


I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.

I believe that when death closes our eyes we shall awaken to a light, of which our sunlight is but the shadow.


         

I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.

I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.


         


It is in trifles and when he is off his guard that a man best shows his character.

It is in trifles and when he is off his guard that a man best shows his character.


         

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness.


         

Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the business man.

Anti-intellectualism has long been the anti-Semitism of the business man.


         

Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.

Clio, the muse of history, is as thoroughly infected with lies as a street whore with syphilis.


         

There are tree main bulwarks of defence against new thoughts: to pay no heed, to give no credence, and finally to assert that it had already long existed.

There are tree main bulwarks of defence against new thoughts: to pay no heed, to give no credence, and finally to assert that it had already long existed.


         

Pride is the direct appreciation of oneself.

Pride is the direct appreciation of oneself.


         

To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish.

To feel envy is human, to savour schadenfreude is devilish.


         


Time is that by which at every moment all things become as nothing in our hands, and thereby lose all their true value.

Time is that by which at every moment all things become as nothing in our hands, and thereby lose all their true value.


         

In early youth as we contemplate our coming life we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.

In early youth as we contemplate our coming life we are like children in a theatre before the curtain is raised sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.


         

Compassion is the basis of all morality

Compassion is the basis of all morality


         

Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.

Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.


         

Hatred is an affair of the heart contempt that of the head.

Hatred is an affair of the heart contempt that of the head.


         

Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of ones own.

Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of ones own.


         

Health so far outweighs all external goods that a healthy beggars is truly more fortunate than a king in poor health.

Health so far outweighs all external goods that a healthy beggars is truly more fortunate than a king in poor health.


         

Other people's heads are too wretched a place for true happiness to have its seat.

Other people's heads are too wretched a place for true happiness to have its seat.


         

In general, nine-tenths of our happiness depends on our health alone.

In general, nine-tenths of our happiness depends on our health alone.