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The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.

The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.


         

[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.

[T]he infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists. That is why they invented Hell.


         


Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.

Patriots always talk of dying for their country but never of killing for their country.


         

Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty.

Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty.


         


Man needs for his happiness not only the enjoyment of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.

Man needs for his happiness not only the enjoyment of this or that but hope and enterprise and change.


         

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.

No matter how eloquently a dog may bark he cannot tell you that his parents were poor but honest.


         

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.

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.


         

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.


         

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.


         

The problem of finding a collection of “wise” men and leaving the government to them is thus an insoluble one. That is the ultimate reason for democracy.

The problem of finding a collection of “wise” men and leaving the government to them is thus an insoluble one. That is the ultimate reason for democracy.


         

Most people would die sooner than think in fact they do.

Most people would die sooner than think in fact they do.


         


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.

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.


         

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn

Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross and which to burn


         

Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of great importance.

Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know, we become insensitive to many things of great importance.


         

The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments.

The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world, and gives them boldness in experimentation and in exploration of their environments.


         

Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know.

Science is what you know philosophy is what you don't know.


         

Grammar and ordinary language are bad guides to metaphysics. A great book might be written showing the influence of syntax on philosophy.

Grammar and ordinary language are bad guides to metaphysics. A great book might be written showing the influence of syntax on philosophy.


         

Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached.

Nothing can penetrate the loneliness of the human heart except the highest intensity of the sort of love the religious teachers have preached.


         

To teach how to live with uncertainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.

To teach how to live with uncertainty and yet without being paralyzed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy in our age can still do for those who study it.


         

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.

Boredom is a vital problem for the moralist since at least half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it.